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Women’s Tennis Sweeps Portland State, Moves to 7-0 in Big Sky

Women’s Tennis Sweeps Portland State, Moves to 7-0 in Big Sky

PORTLAND, Ore. – Northern Arizona won a pair of doubles matches and swept singles to remain undefeated in the Big Sky with a 7-0 victory over Portland State on Monday morning. The Lumberjacks pulled even with No. 49 Sacramento State at 7-0 atop the Big Sky, setting up a match for the Big Sky regular season title when the teams meet on Saturday in Flagstaff. NAU improved to 12-5 overall while Portland State remained winless in the Big Sky at 0-7 and is 2-16 overall this season.

Northern Arizona made quick work of the winless Vikings on Monday, earning the doubles point with a pair of easy wins. Junior Edit Suhajda and freshman Malia Wahinepio picked up an 8-3 win at No. 2 while junior Aimee Oki and freshman Nicole Perez posted an 8-0 win at No. 3. Portland State would claim a win at No. 1 after NAU had claimed the first point of the match.

Singles play was brisk as well, with NAU sweeping the matches and earning five wins in straight sets. Suhajda cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Portland State's Anya Dalkin at No.1 with Oki posting an easy 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2. Wahinepio and the Vikings' Nayantara Vadali played the only three-set match at No. 3, with the NAU freshman battling for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory. The Lumberjacks would earn easy straight set wins at the bottom-three singles positions as well, including the first-career victory for freshman Alice Walker in a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at No. 3.

Northern Arizona and No. 49 Sacramento State have met for the Big Sky Championship title four-consecutive years and will meet in a possible precursor to another title match when they play for the regular season-crown on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Flagstaff Athletic Club East.

DID YOU KNOW…The Northern Arizona University athletics department recorded its highest cumulative grade point average since 1997, recording a 3.16 GPA among its more than 300 student-athletes at the completion of the fall of 2009 semester.