FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a 19-day layoff over Spring Break, Northern Arizona (7-3, 3-0 BSC) returns to the court for a non-conference match against Rhode Island (1-3) on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Flagstaff Athletic Club East. NAU is a perfect 3-0 at home this season and has won 11-consecutive home matches dating back to 2008. Following Wednesday's match, the Lumberjacks will play their next seven matches on the road before closing the regular season at home on April 17.
Northern Arizona is one of three Big Sky teams with an undefeated conference record, joining No. 45 Sacramento State and Eastern Washington atop the Big Sky standings. NAU has played two home conference matches (Montana and Montana State) and one road conference tilt (Northern Colorado) this season, with its next four Big Sky matches on the road before hosting the Hornets to end the regular season. In conference matches, Northern Arizona has a combined 14-4 singles record and 8-1 doubles mark in dominating Big Sky-foes.
Juniors Orsi Golovics and Edit Suhajda have been consistent at the top of the Lumberjack rotation while NAU has gotten significant contributions from the back end of the lineup as well. Freshman Malia Wahinepio leads the team with an 8-2 singles record at No. 4 while fellow freshman Nicole Perez has won six-straight matches at No. 5. Junior Yumi Hasegawa has also won her last-six matches and is 7-2 at the No. 6 position. All three primary doubles teams have been superb for the Lumberjacks as well, with each pair posting seven victories and two of the duos ranked in the ITA Mountain region.
Lumberjacks in the ITA Rankings
No. 6 - Orsi Golovics and Malia Wahinepio
No. 8 - Aimee Oki and Nicole Perez
Scouting Rhode Island
The Rams have only played four matches in the spring but completed six duals in the Fall and posted a 5-1 record. In the Spring, Rhode Island is 1-3 with their only win coming over Niagara. URI is leaving the East coast for the first time this season to come to Arizona and will play Grand Canyon and Western New Mexico in Phoenix later this week.
Twin sisters Kristen and Tristany Leikem, natives of Tucson, lead the Rams atop their singles lineup at No. 1 and 3, respectively, with sophomore Pam Emery playing at No. 2. Rhode Island was picked to finish 9th in the 14-team Atlantic 10 Conference after tying for 7th place last season.
Rhode Island and Northern Arizona have never met in women's tennis, with the Rams representing the only first-time opponent on the 2010 Lumberjack schedule. URI will also be the Lumberjacks first ever opponent from the state of Rhode Island.