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April 7, 2011

Women’s Tennis Back Indoors to Close Home Schedule

FEATURE ON GOLOVICS AND SUHAJDA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After playing outside last Saturday, forecasted snow will send NAU back inside its normal home in Flagstaff Athletic Club East this weekend as the Lumberjacks (8-9, 3-1 BSC) host their last-two home matches of the season. NAU will host Eastern Washington (5-15, 1-5 BSC) on Saturday morning before welcoming Portland State (4-10, 1-3 BSC) on Sunday, with both matches starting at 9 a.m. Prior to Sunday's home finale, NAU's four graduating seniors – Orsi Golovics, Yumi Hasegawa, Aimee Oki and Edit Suhajda – will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.

With four Big Sky matches remaining, NAU currently sits in third place in the conference standings behind Sacramento State (5-0 BSC) and Montana (4-1 BSC) with the top-four teams in the final regular season standings advancing to the Big Sky Championship. NAU could clinch a top-four finish with two wins this weekend depending on other results. In two home matches this season, the Lumberjacks have posted two 7-0 sweeps, with only one singles match extending to a third set. Golovics and sophomore Malia Wahinepio enter the weekend leading NAU with 10-7 singles records for the year, while both are 3-1 in conference play. Oki is the only undefeated Lumberjack in conference singles play this season at 4-0.

Eastern Washington needs a win on Saturday to keep its postseason hopes alive. The Eagles lone Big Sky win came in a 4-3 triumph over Idaho State on February 19. They have not won a match since, a string of 11 consecutive losses. Freshman Helon Ricks leads the team with a 10-8 singles record, while the Eagles have combined for a 10-26 Big Sky singles record and 4-14 conference doubles mark. NAU is 11-1 all-time versus Eastern Washington.

The Portland State Vikings are also in need of victories to make a push for the Big Sky Championship. Like NAU, the Vikings have played just four conference matches thus far, with their only conference win coming against Northern Colorado. PSU is 3-7 on the road this season and has played only four home matches on the year. Freshman Yuki Sugiyama has a stellar 10-3 singles record and 8-6 doubles mark leading the team at No. 1 singles and doubles. The Lumberjacks are undefeated in 10 all-time matches with Portland State.