FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona athletic department mourns the loss of 2011 graduate and former women's tennis alumna, Aimee Oki, who passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5.
"On behalf of the entire NAU athletics department, our condolences go out to Aimee's family, her friends and NAU teammates," NAU Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos said.
Oki, a native of Valley Village, Calif., was a four-year player for the Lumberjacks and recently completed her career with her best season in 2011. As a senior, she garnered All-Big Sky honorable mention honors while compiling a 13-9 overall singles record including a perfect 8-0 mark in conference play. Her 13 singles victories were a career-high and equaled her total from her first three seasons.
"Aimee was a phenomenal young woman, and our team and NAU tennis alumni have been greatly impacted by this loss," director of tennis Kim Bruno said. "It's hard to understand that Aimee is no longer with us and her death is overwhelming."
Over her four years, Oki compiled a 26-25 singles record and a 42-21 doubles record. Conference play brought out the best in Oki as she notched a 15-5 singles mark and a 19-5 doubles mark against Big Sky opponents. She twice posted a team-best 7-1 conference doubles record in 2008 and 2010. As a freshman, she served primarily as a doubles specialist and was outstanding in that role, registering a team- and career-best 16-5 record in doubles play that year.
"Aimee will be remembered for her smile and laughter, as well as her friendship," Bruno added. "She will always be a part of our NAU tennis family and we treasure the times we shared together. Our program is grieving her loss and working with our campus community to help our student-athletes and staff that knew and loved Aimee."
Most recently, Oki had spent the fall 2012 semester as a volunteer coach for the Lumberjack women's tennis team.
A foundation has been set up in Oki's memory in an effort to benefit people suffering from bipolar illness. Donations can be sent to the address below.
The Aimee Oki Foundation
12633 Burbank Blvd. #215
Valley Village, CA 91607