LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Northern Arizona swept doubles and won all-six singles matches in straight sets in dominant 7-0 whitewashes of both Seattle University and Western New Mexico on Saturday in Las Cruces. The Lumberjack sweeps, their first of the season, ended a four-match losing streak and moved NAU to 4-5 on the season.
NAU got off to a great start against Seattle with a sweep of the three doubles matches. The easiest win came at No. 3, as the Lumberjack duo of senior Aimee Oki and sophomore Nicole Perez posted an 8-2 victory. The Lumberjacks also claimed an 8-4 win at No. 2, while at No. 1 NAU seniors Orsi Golovics and Edit Suhajda outlasted Seattle's Katrina Schwab and Corinne Wurden, 8-7 (3), to complete an NAU doubles sweep.
Singles play would go just as smoothly for the Lumberjacks, with the easiest win coming in a 6-1, 6-1 romp for senior Yumi Hasegawa at No. 3. Sophomore Malia Wahinepio and Oki posted identical 6-1, 6-2 scores at No. 4 and 5, respectively, while Perez cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 6. At the top singles positions, Suhajda outlasted Schwab at No. 1, 6-3, 6-4, while Golovics recorded a 6-2, 6-4 win over Seattle's Ariel Ohno at No. 2 to give NAU its first sweep of the season.
On Saturday evening, NAU swept both singles and doubles, losing a total of only seven games, in a 7-0 sweep of Western New Mexico. In doubles play, Golovics and Suhajda notched an 8-0 win over Western New Mexico's Doris Berberic and Nikolina Vukadin, while Lumberjack wins of 8-1 and 8-2 at No. 2 and 3, respectively, gave NAU the doubles point.
In singles action, the Lumberjacks got 6-0, 6-0 wins from Wahinepio at No. 4, Oki at No. 5, and Perez at No. 6. Suhajda recorded a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 with Golovics cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2. The Lumberjacks completed the sweep at No. 3, as Hasegawa posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over WNMU's Emily Lampman to give the Lumberjacks another sweep.
Northern Arizona will close its trip to Las Cruces by facing home-standing New Mexico State at 9 a.m. Sunday.