Women’s Tennis Winning Streak Ended by UTEP, 5-2

Women’s Tennis Winning Streak Ended by UTEP, 5-2

EL PASO, Texas – Northern Arizona got singles wins from freshman Nicole Perez and junior Yumi Hasegawa, but UTEP won singles matches at positions one through four and took the doubles point to claim a 5-2 victory. The loss ended a four-match winning streak for NAU and dropped the Lumberjacks to 5-3 while UTEP won its seventh-straight match to improve to 7-4.

The Lumberjacks picked up a doubles win at No. 2 from Perez and junior Aimee Oki as the duo got past UTEP’s Ximena Fuentes and Alexandra Glebova, 8-4. An 8-5 win for the Miners at No. 3 left the doubles point up to the No.1 match, where junior Orsi Golovics and freshman Malia Wahinepio were outlasted, 9-7, to give UTEP the early lead.

Singles play was closely contested as well, with three matches going to three sets. Hasegawa rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 win for her fifth-consecutive victory at No. 6 while Perez cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Fuentes at No. 5. Wahinepio pushed Glebova to three sets at No. 4 before falling 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to end the Lumberjack freshman’s six-match winning streak. Junior Edit Suhajda forced a third set as well, at No. 2, but was outlasted by Carolina DeLuca, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-4. Straight-set wins for the Miners at No. 1 and 3 ensured the seventh-consecutive victory for the home team.

Northern Arizona remains in El Paso to face Texas-Pan American on Saturday at 9 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW…Northern Arizona finished third in the Sterling Savings Bank Presidents Cup recognizing academic and athletics performances in 2008-09. The award is based on team grade point averages, graduation rates and the number of all-conference performers with a grade point average above a 3.0, as well as Men's and Women's All Sports points.