TUCSON, Ariz. – After dropping the doubles point, Northern Arizona rebounded with wins at each of the top-four singles positions to claim a 4-3 win over UTEP on Saturday morning in Tucson. The Lumberjacks bounced back from Friday's season-opening loss to No. 49 Arizona to even their season record at 1-1 while UTEP opened its season with the loss.
"To beat a team like this that's very similar to us in talent took a full team effort," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "After doubles things looked scary, but we came out in singles and the girls really proved that they can come together as a team and battle. This was definitely a big win for our program early in the season before going to California next week."
In doubles play to open the match, seniors Yumi Hasegawa and Edit Suhajda picked up an 8-4 win at No. 3 over UTEP's Dariya Abdrakhmanova and Alexandra Glebova. The Miners would claim wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles, however, to pick up the first point of the match.
The Lumberjacks came out strong in singles play at the top of their lineup. Suhajda picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Martina Trierweiler of UTEP while fellow junior Orsi Golovics scored a quick 6-0, 6-2 victory at No.2. Hasegawa hung on for a 6-0, 7-5 win at No. 3, but UTEP recorded straight-set wins at No. 5 and 6 to even the match at 3-3. The dual came down to the No. 4 singles match, where Northern Arizona sophomore Malia Wahinepio overcame UTEP's Glebova in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, to give NAU its first win of the season.
Northern Arizona returns to action next weekend with three matches in Santa Barbara, Calif., starting with a dual against Cal State Bakersfield next Friday at 10 a.m.