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April 26, 2009

Women’s Tennis Defeated in Big Sky Championship Final

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Northern Arizona women’s tennis reached the Big Sky Championship final for the fourth straight year, but dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 56 Sacramento State. The Lumberjacks finished the 2009 year 13-10 overall and 6-2 in the conference.

Sacramento State (19-8, 8-0 BSC) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead picking up doubles wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The Hornets added three singles wins at No. 1, No. 5, and No. 6 securing the victory.

The Lumberjacks pushed Sacramento State throughout the match leading No. 3 doubles and No. 2 singles. Stacey Pinchbeck and Yumi Hasegawa led the Hornets’ Luba Schifris and Aileen Tsan 6-4 while Orsi Golovics was up a set on Melissa Valenzuela 6-4, 0-3.

The NAU women finished third in the Big Sky regular season standings, but finished second in the Big Sky postseason tournament for the third consecutive year.

Big Sky Championship
Match 23: #56 Sacramento State 4, NAU 0
Apr 26, 2009 at Sacramento, Calif.
(Gold River Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. ZHELTOVA, Katrina (SAC) def. SUHAJDA, Edit (NAU) 6-0, 6-4
2. VALENZUELA, Melissa (SAC) vs. GOLOVICS, Orsi (NAU) 4-6, 3-0, unfinished
3. SCHIFRIS, Luba (SAC) vs. VAN GINKEL, Kim (NAU) 7-5, 0-1, unfinished
4. BACA, Clarisse (SAC) vs. VIAL, Leslie (NAU) 7-5, 0-1, unfinished
5. MARTINEZ, Joyce (SAC) def. PINCHBECK, Stacey (NAU) 6-2, 6-0
6. TSAN, Aileen (SAC) def. HASEGAWA, Yumi (NAU) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. ZHELTOVA, Katrina/VALENZUELA, Melissa (SAC) def. GOLOVICS, Orsi/SUHAJDA, Edit (NAU) 8-4
2. MARTINEZ, Joyce/BACA, Clarisse (SAC) def. VIAL, Leslie/VAN GINKEL, Kim (NAU) 8-5
3. TSAN, Aileen/SCHIFRIS, Luba (SAC) vs. HASEGAWA, Yumi/PINCHBECK, Stacey (NAU) 4-6, unfinished

Match Notes:
Northern Arizona 13-10, 6-2 BSC
Sacramento State 19-8, 8-0 BSC; National ranking #56
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,5,1)