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Women’s Tennis Opens Week With 7-0 Win Over Western New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – In their second-consecutive match against Division-II opposition, Northern Arizona again made quick work of their opponent, this time sweeping Western New Mexico, 7-0, on Thursday night in Las Cruces, N.M. Playing on the first of four-consecutive days with matches, NAU won its fourth-straight match to improve to 5-2 while Western New Mexico moved to 2-3.

Much like in their 7-0 triumph over Division-II Grand Canyon last Sunday, the Lumberjacks opened Thursdays match by dominating the doubles point. An 8-0 win for juniors Yumi Hasegawa and Edit Suhajda at No. 3, paired with 8-3 and 8-1 wins at No. 1 and 2, respectively, gave Northern Arizona the early advantage.

The Lumberjacks would be just as dominated in singles, winning every set and only losing a total of 13 games in sweeping all-six matches. At No. 2, Suhajda recorded a perfect match, defeating the Mustangs’ Stephanie Shelton, 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Malia Wahinepio came close to perfection with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4, as did freshman Nicole Perez at No. 5 in a 6-1, 6-0 decision. The closest match came at No. 1, where Western New Mexico’s Nikolina Vukadin battled Lumberjack junior Orsi Golovics in a 6-3, 6-2 victory for NAU.

The Lumberjacks continue their long weekend in El Paso for their next-two matches, facing UTEP on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

DID YOU KNOW…The Lumberjacks had 11 of the 15 intercollegiate teams record a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher led by women’s soccer at 3.42. Women’s basketball was close behind at 3.39, followed by women’s cross country (3.35), women’s golf (3.29), swimming and diving (3.25) volleyball (3.22) and men’s cross country (3.19).

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