SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – After Northern Arizona swept doubles, San Francisco came back with four singles wins to edge the Lumberjacks, 4-3, on Monday afternoon at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The loss dropped NAU to 7-9 on the season while the Dons improved their season record to 2-12.
"We didn't have enough patience or mental toughness in singles today," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "This was a very disappointing weekend and we need to find a way to respond with three important home matches coming up."
The match started off well for the Lumberjacks with a decisive doubles victory. The easiest win came at No. 3, where NAU senior Aimee Oki and sophomore Nicole Perez notched an 8-2 win over San Francisco's Melinda Akerbrant and Andrea Gaitan, 8-2. The Lumberjacks would add an 8-4 win at No. 1 and an 8-6 win at No. 2 to complete a doubles sweep and earn the first point of the match.
In singles play, NAU senior Yumi Hasegawa notched the team's first victory with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at No. 4 over USF sophomore Yurie Hashiguchi. At No. 2, senior Orsi Golovics would rally for a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over San Francisco's Cecile Duriez, but the other singles matches would not go as well for the visitors. The Dons would record straight-set singles wins at No. 1, 3, 5 and 6 to overcome NAU with a 4-3 final score.
Northern Arizona will open a three-match homestand on Saturday against Northern Colorado at 2 p.m. in Flagstaff Athletic Club East.