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Oki Lone Winner in Women’s Tennis’ 6-1 loss at Sacramento State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Aimee Oki rallied for a three-set win at No. 6 singles, but No. 46 Sacramento State was victorious in five singles matches and claimed the doubles point for a 6-1 win on Sunday in Sacramento. NAU dropped its first conference match to move to 2-1 in the Big Sky and 7-8 overall while the Hornets improved to 11-7 overall and remained perfect in conference play at 4-0.

The No. 46 Hornets began the match with a decisive doubles sweep. The closest match came at No. 3, where Oki and sophomore Nicole Perez were outlasted by Sacramento State's Sophie Lohscheidt and Milica Zivanovic, 8-4. Sacramento State would add an 8-2 doubles wins at No. 1 and 3 to earn the first point of the match.

The final singles match to end would garner NAU's only point. After dropping the first set of her No. 6 dual, Oki pushed Zivanovic to a third set super tiebreaker, emerging on the winning end of a 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) decision. At No. 1, Lumberjack senior Edit Suhajda recorded a competitive first set before falling to Sacramento State's No. 124 Tatsiana Kapshai, 6-4, 6-1. Senior Yumi Hasegawa also started well before bowing to Hornet junior Clarisse Baca, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 4. The Hornets would add a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3, and 6-2, 6-2 wins at No. 2 and 5 en route to their 6-1 victory.

NAU will conclude its road trip with a match at San Francisco on Monday at noon.

DID YOU KNOW...Student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff combined to volunteer more than 4,500 hours over the 2009-10 academic year, assisting with events like Red Ribbon Week, Relay for Life, Welcome Back Jacks, St. Mary's Food Bank, Adopt a Family, Climb to Conquer Cancer. In all, the department participated with more than 20 different organizations and/or events.