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Women’s Tennis Bounces Montana State in Home Opener, 6-1

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After sweeping doubles, Northern Arizona won five singles matches to dispatch of Montana State, 6-1, in less than three hours in the Lumberjack’s home opener. NAU won its second-consecutive Big Sky match to improve to 2-0 in conference and 3-2 overall while Montana State lost its Big Sky opener and fell to 2-5 for the season.

“Montana State has always given us problems in the past, so we needed to come out and take care of business and that’s what we did,” director of tennis Kim Bruno said. “Our girls new we were the better team and played up to their potential. We were excited to play at home and it was nice to see them enjoy themselves while being able to compete at a high level.”

The Lumberjacks came out strong in doubles, making quick work of the Bobcats at all-three positions. NAU claimed 8-3 victories at No. 1 and 2 and outlasted MSU 8-5 at No. 3 to open the match with the doubles point.

Singles was almost as easy as the home team cruised to straight-set victories in five matches. The Lumberjack success started at the top, as junior Orsi Golovics claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 and junior Edit Suhajda cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2. Junior Yumi Hasegawa posted the easiest win with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 6 while freshman Malia Wahinepio won her fourth-consecutive match at No. 4 and freshman Nicole Perez won her first collegiate dual match at No. 5. The Bobcats got their lone point at No. 3, as Charlotta Hjalmarsson outlasted NAU junior Aimee Oki 7-6 (9), 6-2 to prevent a shutout.

Northern Arizona returns to action on Sunday, hosting Grand Canyon at 2 p.m. to close a double-header with the NAU men’s tennis team. Admission is free for both matches at Flagstaff Athletic Club East beginning at 10 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW… The Northern Arizona women’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA Women’s College Cup each of the last two seasons, winning back-to-back Big Sky Conference Tournament titles.