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January 28, 2011

Women’s Tennis Opens Weekend With 6-1 Win Over CSU Bakersfield

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Northern Arizona won the doubles point for the first time this season and claimed five of six singles matches en route to a 6-1 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Friday afternoon in Santa Barbara. The Lumberjacks won their second-straight match to improve to 2-1 while the Roadrunners remained winless on the season at 0-3.

"This was a great start for our weekend," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "Beating any California school is a step in the right direction, especially at low altitude. Hopefully today's match gave the girls confidence for tomorrow and Sunday, as we will have to be ready to battle against two solid teams."

The Lumberjacks came out with a revamped doubles lineup and cruised to a doubles-sweep. Seniors Orsi Golovics and Edit Suhajda, who played together during their freshman and sophomore seasons, reunited for an 8-3 win at No. 1. A win from NAU senior Yumi Hasegawa and sophomore Malia Wahinepio by the same score at No. 2 clinched the doubles point, while an 8-4 Lumberjack win at No. 3 completed the sweep.

Singles play would be dominated by NAU as well, starting at the top where Suhjada defeated Cal State Bakersfield's Julian Mannix, 6-2, 6-2. Golovics got by Roadrunner junior Veronica Dimas at No. 2, 6-3, 6-2, while Wahinepio also won in straight-sets at No. 4. Senior Aimee Oki pulled out a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory at No. 5 while sophomore Alice Walker rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 6 to give NAU a 6-1 final.

Northern Arizona will face Santa Clara at noon Saturday in Santa Barbara before concluding their weekend against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.

DID YOU KNOW... The Northern Arizona University athletics department recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.07 GPA among its more than 300 student-athletes at the completion of the spring 2010 semester. It marked the 12th semester out of the last 13 overall that the Lumberjack student-athletes have recorded a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher. Since 1998, NAU student athletes have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in 22 out of 24 semesters.