ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After Narrowly losing the doubles point, Northern Arizona got singles wins from sophomores Nicole Perez and Malia Wahinepio but came up on the short end of a 5-2 decision against New Mexico. The Lumberjacks moved to 5-6 on the year while the Lobos improved to 6-5.
"I thought we played well but just came up a little short today," said director of tennis Kim Bruno. "We had a couple match points but just couldn't get the wins. We need to turn our focus to starting conference play and protecting our home court next weekend."
To begin the match, the Lumberjack duo of Perez and senior Aimee Oki picked up an 8-2 doubles win at No. 3. The Lobos responded with an 8-4 win at No. 2, leaving the doubles point up to the top position. NAU seniors Orsi Golovics and Edit Suhajda battled New Mexico's Ashley Bonner and Anya Villanueva into a tiebreak. The Lobo pair was able to withstand a match point and rally for a 9-8 (6) win to give New Mexico the doubles point.
In singles play, Wahinepio got the Lumberjacks on the scoreboard with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Lobo sophomore Jessica Eggleston at No. 4. Perez added a 6-1, 6-2 over New Mexico's Michaela Oldani at No. 6, but the Lobos would notch straight-set wins at No. 2, 3 and 5. The final match to conclude would be the battle at No. 1, where Suhajda and New Mexico's Michaela Bezdickova played to a third set. After dodging a match point, the Lobo freshman would emerge on the winning side of 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 decision to conclude a 5-2 win for the home team.
The Lumberjacks will play their first home and Big Sky match on Saturday, hosting Weber State at 9 a.m. in the front end of a doubleheader with the NAU men's tennis team in Flagstaff Athletic Club East.