LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Facing top opposition from host UNLV, Texas, Illinois and Illinois State, Northern Arizona recorded three singles victories and a doubles win on the opening day of the UNLV Fall Invitational. The weekend tournament continues through Sunday.
In the top singles flight, NAU senior Edit Suhajda posted a 6-4, 7-6 win over Caroline Larsson of Texas to advance to the quarterfinals. There she would face UNLV's Jana Albers, ranked No. 72 nationally, and drop a 7-6, 6-2 decision. Seniors Orsi Golovics and Yumi Hasegawa dropped their opening singles matches but both rebounded with consolation wins over opponents from Illinois State.
In doubles, Hasegawa and Suhajda teamed for an 8-4 win over Carlene Leyden and Julia Weingand of Texas in Flight Two. Golovics and sophomore Malia Wahinepio faced Texas' Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis, ranked No. 50 nationally, and battled in an 8-5 defeat.
Play continues in Las Vegas on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Northern Arizona Results
Rachel White (ILL) def. Orsi Golovics (NAU) 6-2, 6-2
Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Yumi Hasegawa (NAU) 6-1, 6-1
Edit Suhajda (NAU) def. Caroline Larsson (TX) 6-4, 7-6
#72 Jana Albers (UNLV) def. Edit Suhajda (NAU) 7-6, 6-2
Amanda Craddock (TX) def. Aimee Oki (NAU) 6-3, 6-0
Cierra Gayton-Leach (TX) def. Nicole Perez (NAU) 6-3, 6-1
Hannah Esker (ISU) def. Malia Wahinepio (NAU) 7-5, 6-2
Julia Wiegand (TX) def. Alice Walker (NAU) 6-2, 6-1
Flight One Backdraw
Orsi Golovics (NAU) def. Arianne Maack (ISU) 6-3, 7-6
Yumi Hasegawa (NAU) def. Aniko Kiss (ISU) 6-2, 6-3
#50 Ellis/Begley (TX) def. Wahinepio/Golovics (NAU) 8-5
Batta/Hidvegi (UNLV) def. Perez/Oki (NAU) 8-1
Suhajda/Hasegawa (NAU) def. Weingand/Leyden (TX) 8-4