Women's Tennis Earns Quick 7-0 Win Over Grand Canyon

Women's Tennis Earns Quick 7-0 Win Over Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women mimicked the NAU men, winning every singles match in straight sets and sweeping doubles in defeating Division-II Grand Canyon, 7-0, in less than two and half hours Sunday afternoon at Flagstaff Athletic Club. The Lumberjacks remained undefeated at home and improved to 4-2 for the season.

“They had two very good players at the top positions and we had to play tough to come away with a win,” director of tennis Kim Bruno said. “We stayed focused at every position and took care of business.”

The Lumberjacks swept doubles and almost posted shutouts in every match. Junior Orsi Golovics and freshman Malia Wahinepio rolled to an 8-0 win at No. 1, a perfect score that was matched by juniors Edit Suhajda and Yumi Hasegawa at No. 3. Grand Canyon claimed a point at No. 2 before NAU posted an 8-1 win to sweep the doubles point.

Just as the Northern Arizona men did Sunday morning against the Antelopes, the women won every set in singles, only losing 10 total games in singles play. The most competitive match of the day came at No. 1, where Grand Canyon’s Cecilia Vergnet pushed Golovics before the NAU junior emerged with a 6-1, 6-3 win. Suhajda outlasted GCU’s Stephanie Halderman, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2, and the Lumberjacks would only lose three total games at the four other positions.

Also like the men, the Lumberjacks had two perfect singles matches, at No. 3 and 6, as junior Aimee Oki and Hasegawa, respectively, posted convincing 6-0, 6-0 wins. Hasegawa completed her sweep in just 27 minutes, an astonishingly short amount of time that Bruno said was the quickest match that she had seen in a long time.

“We condition our players to constantly put pressure on their opponent, which helps keep them motivated to claim a defeat as quickly as possible,” added Bruno. “Yumi was running around and having fun trying to win as fast as possible. Tennis is all about momentum shifts, and we want to can keep the pressure on regardless of who we’re playing.”

The Lumberjacks will play matches on four consecutive days next week in Las Cruces, N.M. and El Paso, Texas, opening with a dual against Western New Mexico next Thursday at 5 p.m.

DID YOU KNOW…Overall, 44 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester, representing 14 of the 15 squads. The soccer team led the department with eight student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA for the semester.