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April 4, 2010

Women’s Tennis Bounces Idaho State 5-2, Moves to 5-0 in Big Sky

POCATELLO, Idaho – Northern Arizona swept doubles and picked up four singles wins to notch their fifth consecutive victory and ninth win in 10 matches in a 5-2 victory over Idaho State on Sunday in Pocatello. NAU remained undefeated in the Big Sky at 5-0 and moved to 10-3 overall with Idaho State remaining winless in conference at 0-6 and 1-11 overall.

The Lumberjacks began the afternoon with another impressive performance in doubles, winning all-three matches and sweeping doubles for the fifth-straight match. Junior Aimee Oki and freshman Nicole Perez won their eight-consecutive doubles match and improved to 10-1 for the season with a 9-8 (7-2) win at No. 2. Juniors Edit Suhajda and Yumi Hasegawa claimed an 8-0 win at No. 3 while an 8-5 NAU win at No. 1 completed a doubles sweep.

Suhajda set the pace in singles with another win at No. 1, outlasted Idaho State's Sophie Dang 7-5, 7-6 (2) while Junior Orsi Golovics claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 2. Perez and Hasegawa, playing at No. 5 and 6 respectively, both continued their incredible winning streaks as each recorded their ninth-straight victory in convincing fashion. Perez rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win while Hasegawa cruised past ISU's Therese Karlsson, 6-2, 6-1.

Four of NAU's six players have won at least five consecutive singles matches, while all-three NAU doubles teams have won at least five straight matches. NAU has outscored its opposition 31-4 during its five-match winning streak.

The Lumberjacks will look to remain red hot in a non-conference match at Utah State tomorrow at 11 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW…The Lumberjacks’ 3.16 cumulative GPA was the highest since department grades have been tracked starting in 1997 and marked the 11th semester in the last 12 overall the NAU student-athletes have recorded a 3.00 cumulative GPA.  Since 1998, NAU student athletes have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in 21 of the 23 semesters.