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March 5, 2010

Women's Tennis Stays Perfect in Big Sky, Defeats Montana 6-1

POSTGAME WITH HEAD COACH KIM BRUNO
NAU TENNIS DIGITAL MEDIA GUIDE


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona continued its dominance of the Big Sky and ran its home-winning streak to 11 consecutive matches in convincing fashion, handing Montana its first Big Sky loss with a 6-1 victory on Friday in Flagstaff Athletic Club East. NAU won for the sixth time in its last-seven matches to improve to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in conference while Montana fell to 4-7 and 3-1 in the Big Sky.

With the Grizzlies missing their top-two players, NAU jumped on the visitors early in sweeping doubles play. Junior Orsi Golovics and freshman Malia Wahinepio, ranked No. 6 in the ITA Mountain Region, claimed an 8-3 victory at No. 1, a score that was matched by the Lumberjacks at No. 3. An 8-4 win for Northern Arizona at No. 2 concluded doubles and gave the home team the first point of the match.

The Lumberjacks would control singles play as well, led once again this season by the back-half of the singles rotation. Wahinepio improved her team-best record to 8-2 for the season with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Montana’s Kayla Moyse at No. 4, while freshman Nicole Perez cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5. Like Perez, junior Yumi Hasegawa won her sixth-consecutive match with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 6. Golovics and junior Edit Suhajda battled for straight-set wins at No. 1 and 2, respectively, while Montana picked up its lone point in a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory from freshman Heather Davidson at No. 3.

With a perfect 3-0 record in conference play (home wins over Montana and Montana State, road win over Northern Colorado), Northern Arizona moves into sole possession of first place in the Big Sky. In conference matches, NAU has outscored its opponents 17-4, posted a 14-4 singles record and an 8-1 mark in doubles. The Lumberjacks will play four of their last-five regular season conference matches on the road in April, with their only remaining home conference match against No. 34 Sacramento State to end the regular season on April 17.

The Lumberjacks are off for spring break until Wednesday, March 24, when they will host Rhode Island at 1 p.m. in Flagstaff Athletic Club East.

DID YOU KNOW…Junior All-American David McNeill finished second and fellow junior Jordan Chipangama placed fifth to lead the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team to its second fourth-place finish in three years and third consecutive Top 10 finish at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships.