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April 9, 2010

Hasegawa Wins Again, Women’s Tennis Falls to Washington State 6-1

PULLMAN, Wash. – Junior Yumi Hasegawa played at No. 5 singles for the first time this season and won her 11th-consecutive match, but Northern Arizona, playing without injured junior Orsi Golovics, was swept in doubles and lost five singles matches in a 6-1 defeat at Washington State. NAU fell to 10-5 overall in its first of four matches over the weekend while Washington State moved to 10-12.

Without Golovics, who is 9-5 at No. 1 and 2 singles this season, the Lumberjacks had to shuffle their lineup on Friday. Hasegawa moved up from No. 6 for a match against Washington State's Marina Nicolas at No. 5, recording a 7-5, 6-3 victory for her 11th-straight singles win. Freshman Nicole Perez moved up to No. 4 and had her 10-match winning streak snapped, as NAU lost each of the five other singles matches in straight sets. Freshman Alice Walker played her first official collegiate match at No. 6 and dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision.

In doubles play to start the afternoon, Perez and junior Aimee Oki moved up to No. 1 doubles and fell 8-2. NAU was close at No. 2 and 3 in 8-6 defeats, including a solid effort at No. 3 from Walker and freshman Malia Wahinepio in their first match as doubles partners.

The Lumberjacks will look to bounce back and build on their 5-0 conference record with a Big Sky match at Eastern Washington tomorrow at 10 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW… The Northern Arizona women’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA Women’s College Cup each of the last two seasons, winning back-to-back Big Sky Conference Tournament titles.