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April 9, 2011

Women’s Tennis Stays Perfect at Home, Sweeps Eastern Washington

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the third time in as many home matches this season, Northern Arizona swept both singles and doubles to cruise to a 7-0 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday morning inside Flagstaff Athletic Club East. The Lumberjacks improved to 4-1 in the Big Sky while evening their overall record at 9-9, with Eastern Washington falling to 5-16 overall and 1-6 in conference play.

NAU got off to a great start with its easiest doubles win of the season. At No. 3, senior Aimee Oki and sophomore Alice Walker, playing together for the first time this season, eased their way to an 8-1 win over Eastern Washington's Rocio Norena and Jessi Steele. The Lumberjacks would add 8-2 wins at No. 1 and 2 to easily take the doubles point.

Singles play would be dominated by the home team as well, starting with a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash from NAU senior Edit Suhajda at No. 1. Fellow senior Orsi Golovics would notch a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 2, while sophomore Malia Wahinepio and senior Yumi Hasegawa would record straight-set wins at No. 3 and 4, respectively. Walker, filling in for sophomore Nicole Perez, scored an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6, while Oki would outlast Eagle freshman Helon Ricks, 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9) at No. 5 to complete the NAU sweep.

Northern Arizona will conclude its home schedule on Sunday at 9 a.m. against Portland State. Seniors Golovics, Hasegawa, Oki and Suhajda will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.