FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona battled for a doubles sweep and won five matches in a competitive singles draw to send its senior class off with a 6-1 victory over Portland State on Sunday morning in Flagstaff Athletic Club East. NAU improved to 5-1 in the Big Sky and 10-9 overall while Portland State moved to 4-11 overall and 1-4 in conference play. In four home matches this season, the Lumberjacks went 23-1 in singles and 12-0 in doubles.
"This was a great way to send our senior class off," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "It was big for us to get two wins at home before we go on the road for one of our biggest weekends of the season. Hopefully the attitude and confidence we brought into today's match will continue the rest of the season."
The senior tandem of Orsi Golovics and Edit Suhajda, two of the most prolific players in program history, got their final home match off to a great start with an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles. NAU would add an 8-2 win at No. 2 while a back-and-forth match at No. 3 played on. The NAU duo of senior Aimee Oki and sophomore Alice Walker would eventually prevail with an 8-7 (2) victory to complete a doubles sweep.
Golovics would continue her dominant play at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Viking senior Anya Dalkin. Sophomore Malia Wahinepio notched a quick 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3, while Oki and Walker would also earn straight-set wins at No. 5 and 6, respectively. The No. 4 singles match played into a third set, with NAU senior Yumi Hasegawa closing her home career with a hard fought 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win over Portland State's Marti Pellicano. The most intense battle came at No. 1, where a great match between Suhajda and Portland State's Yuki Sugiyama would be won by the Viking freshman, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to give the visitors their only point.
The Lumberjacks close their regular season with a pair of road matches next weekend, opening play on Saturday, April 16, against Montana at 9 a.m.