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.