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February 14, 2010

Women’s Tennis Claims Big Sky Win at Northern Colorado, 5-2

GREELEY, Colo. – Northern Arizona opened Big Sky play by sweeping doubles and winning four singles matches to top Northern Colorado, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in Greeley. The Lumberjacks ended a brief two-match losing streak to improve to 2-2 while Northern Colorado dropped to 1-1.

NAU opened the day with the doubles point, including an 8-2 win at No. 1 for the No. 35-ranked doubles team of junior Orsi Golovics and freshman Malia Wahinepio. Combined with an 8-3 win at No. 3, Northern Arizona dominated doubles play to take the first point of the match.

In singles, junior Edit Suhajda played at No. 2 for the first time this season and cruised past Northern Colorado’s Tiffany Knop, 6-0, 6-3. Junior Aimee Oki won, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3, while Wahinepio won her third-consecutive match with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph at No. 4. The Lumberjacks also got a straight-set win from junior Yumi Hasegawa at No. 6 to even their season record and open conference play with a road victory.

After playing their first-four matches of the season away from Flagstaff, Northern Arizona will play a pair of home matches next week, beginning with a Big Sky-dual against Montana State on Friday at 1 p.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.