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Women’s Tennis Handles Shorthanded Texas-Pan American, 6-1

EL PASO, Texas – Benefited by a doubles and singles match won be default due to injuries, Northern Arizona won for the second time in three days with a 6-1 defeat over Texas-Pan American, which had only five healthy players. The Lumberjacks rebounded from a loss to UTEP on Friday to improve to 6-3 while the injury-riddled Broncos dropped to 0-7.

NAU won by default at No. 3 doubles, but would have claimed the doubles point anyway with wins at No. 1 and 2. Junior Orsi Golovics and freshman Malia Wahinepio claimed an 8-5 win at No. 1 while juniors Edit Suhajda and Yumi Hasegawa rolled to an 8-4 win at No. 2 to give the Lumberjacks the lead.

The Lumberjacks would claim three straight-set singles wins, including a 6-4, 6-2 win for Golovics at No. 1 over Luisa Cantu. Suhajda claimed a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 2 while Wahinepio recorded a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4. Freshman Nicole Perez outlasted the Broncos’s Andrea Salvetova 6-1, 4-6, 11-9 at No. 4 to clinch the match, though Hasegawa would also get a victory by default at No. 6. Texas-Pan American claimed its lone point in a 6-1, 6-3 win from senior Nina Ciric over NAU junior Aimee Oki at No. 3.

“It was nice to rebound after a disappointing match yesterday to improve to 2-1 for the week,” director of tennis Kim Bruno said. “It will take a big effort tomorrow to complete a 3-1 trip, which would be great. The girls are understandably tired from a hectic week but hopefully they can come out strong tomorrow.”

The Lumberjacks will conclude their four day, four match road trip on Sunday, returning to Las Cruces to face New Mexico State at 9 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW…Two senior student-athletes were among the 37 students recognized with the prestigious Golden Axe in 2009 for their achievements. The recipients include Maria Hechanova (Women’s Swimming) and Ali Carter (Women’s Golf).

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