Women’s Tennis Opens Play at UC Irvine Fall Invitational

Women’s Tennis Opens Play at UC Irvine Fall Invitational

IRVINE, Calif. – Five NAU players recorded singles wins and the Lumberjacks added a doubles victory on the opening day of the UC Irvine Fall Invitational. Joining Northern Arizona in the tournament, which includes three flights of singles and one doubles flight, are players from host UC Irvine, Arizona, Loyola Marymount and UC Riverside.

Northern Arizona had two players in each of the three singles draws. The Lumberjacks had their most success in the Green draw, in which senior Aimee Oki topped UC Riverside's Avana Simmons, 6-1, 6-3, and NAU sophomore Alice Walker claimed a 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) over Miranda Young of UC Irvine in the opening round before both were defeated in the second round. NAU sophomore Malia Wahinepio recorded a 6-4, 6-1 first round win over Elizabeth Hammond of Arizona in the Blue draw before dropping her second round match. Senior Yumi Hasegawa and sophomore Nicole Perez each dropped their first round matches but rebounded to pick up consolations wins.

In doubles play, the Lumberjack duo of Hasegawa and senior Orsi Golovics notched an 8-6 win over April Bisharat and Shauna Morgan of Loyola Marymount while the other Lumberjack pairs dropped their doubles matches.

Play is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. on Saturday, though heavy rain is in the forecast.  

Northern Arizona Results

Singles – Gold Draw

Round 1:

Kim Stubbe (UA) def. Orsi Golovics (NAU) 6-0, 6-2

Becka Kwan (UCI) def. Yumi Hagegawa (NAU) 6-1, 6-2


Taylor Raney (UCR) def. Orsi Golovics (NAU) 6-1, 6-2

Yumi Hasegawa (NAU) def. Nadia Sakhakorn (UCR) 7-6(7-4), 6-3

Singles – Blue Draw

Round 1:

Malia Wahinepio (NAU) def. Elizabeth Hammond (UA) 6-4, 6-1

Franziska Goettsching (UCI) def. Nicole Perez (NAU) 6-2, 6-1

Round 2:

Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Malia Wahinepio (NAU) 6-3, 6-0


Nicole Perez (NAU) def. Kate Bergeson (UCR) 0-6, 6-2, 6-0

Singles – Green Draw

Round 1:

Aimee Oki (NAU) def. Ayana Simmons (UCR) 6-1, 6-3

Alice Walker (NAU) def. Miranda Young (UCI) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

Round 2:

Hannah Holladay (UCI) def. Alice Walker (NAU) 6-3, 6-2

Brooke Schweyer (UCI) def. Aimee Oki (NAU) 6-2, 6-0


Golovics/Hasegawa (NAU) def. Bisharat/Morgan (LMU) 8-6

Castany/Hammond (UA) def. Perez/Wahinepio (NAU) 8-6

Young/Young (UCI) def. Oki/Walker (NAU) 8-5

DID YOU KNOW…Three Lumberjack student-athletes were among the 37 graduating seniors that were recognized with the prestigious Gold Axe Award in 2010 for their achievements. The recipients included Jessi Jones (women's swimming), Lauren Salter (track and field) and Emy Ziemba (cheer and dance). The athletics department has produced 16 Gold Axe recipients since 2004.