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April 26, 2011

Golovics, Suhajda Lead Women’s Tennis All-Big Sky Selections

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OGDEN, Utah – Senior Edit Suhajda became just the second player in program history to be a four-time All-Big Sky first team selection, while senior Orsi Golovics added her third first-team honor to headline five Lumberjacks named to the All-Big Sky team. Sophomore Malia Wahinepio was named to the second team, while seniors Yumi Hasegawa and Aimee Oki received honorable mention. The five selections tied the program record for all-conference honors in a season.

"To get five out of six starters onto the All-Conference team is great," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "We had a historic year with our seniors, and every one of them deserves it for the hard work they've put into this program over their four years."

Suhajda joins former Big Sky MVP Yael Stuart, who played at NAU from 1995-1998, as the only players in program history to receive four All-Big Sky first team selections. The Budapest, Hungary native led the Big Sky with three Player of the Week selections this season, recorded nine victories at No. 1 singles, and went 13-5 at No. 1 doubles. Her doubles partner, Golovics, earned her third first team honor this season after taking second team honors in 2010. The native of Szentendre, Hungary tied for the team lead with a 14-9 singles record this season at No. 2, went 6-2 in Big Sky singles play, and won at No. 2 in the Big Sky championship semifinals. Suhajda and Golovics join Stuart and former Lumberjack Susanna Wallin as the only players in program history to be selected to the All-Big Sky first team three or more times.

Wahinepio earned her second All-Big Sky second team selection in as many seasons at Northern Arizona. She finished the year tied with Golovics with a team-best 14-9 singles record while also finishing tied with Golovics and Suhajda with a team-best 13-5 doubles record with Hasegawa. She also received a Big Sky Player of the Week honor on March 9 and went 7-1 in singles Big Sky play during the regular season. Hasegawa earned her second All-Big Sky selection in three years as an NAU starter, as the Wesley Chapel, Fla. Native went 12-9 at No. 3 and 4 singles and teamed with Wahinepio for an outstanding doubles record. After going 8-0 in Big Sky singles play at No. 5 and 6 during the regular season and winning a key singles match in the Big Sky semifinals, Oki earned her first All-Big Sky honor.

Together, NAU's four illustrious seniors finished their careers with 11 All-Big Sky selections in their 16 cumulative seasons at Northern Arizona.

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