FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona recorded a quick doubles sweep and would go on to sweep singles as well in a 7-0 win over Northern Colorado Saturday afternoon at Forest Highlands. The dual was the first outdoor match in Flagstaff in program history. NAU improved to 3-1 in the Big Sky and 8-9 overall while dropping UNC to 2-5 in conference play and 5-12 overall.
"For us to come out after having a long weekend on the road and take this win is huge for our confidence," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "We're looking to win out the rest of the season, so we really needed this match. There were some times when it looked like the girls could have lost it mentally, but they stepped up and were able to execute at the right times."
The Lumberjacks eased through doubles to begin the afternoon. At No. 1, the duo of seniors Orsi Golovics and Edit Suhajda cruised to an 8-1 win over Northern Colorado's Stephanie Catlin and Elizabeth Tapia. NAU senior Aimee Oki and sophomore Nicole Perez would claim an 8-4 win at No. 3, while an 8-6 Lumberjack win at No. 2 completed a doubles sweep.
Suhajda would continue her outstanding play at No. 1 singles with a dominate 6-3, 6-1 win over UNC junior Jennifer Whateley. Golovics notched a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 2 while sophomore Malia Wahinepio posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 3. NAU would record straight-set wins at No. 4 and 5 as well while the No. 6 match played to a third set super tiebreaker. Oki would outlast Bear freshman Lexi Filliol, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4) in the final singles match to give the Lumberjacks their second 7-0 sweep in as many home matches this season.
Northern Arizona will return to action next Saturday, April 9, hosting Eastern Washington at 9 a.m.