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Women’s Tennis Battles Through Challenging Opening Day in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Northern Arizona won two of three doubles matches but was swept in six singles matches on the opening day of the UNLV Fall Invitational in Las Vegas. Joining NAU and host UNLV in the three-day tournament are Texas, Missouri and New Mexico State.

Junior Orsi Golovics and freshman Malia Wahinepio battled past UNLV’s Anna Maskaljun and Alisa Razina, 9-8, in the semifinals of Flight Two doubles. Also victorious was the pair of junior Aimee Oki and freshman Nicole Perez in an 8-3 win over Rumyana Terzieva and Ella Bourchier, also from UNLV.

Singles play did not go as well for NAU, as the Lumberjacks were defeated in all six matches contested. Northern Arizona did force a third set in two of the matches, headlined by Golovics pushing UNLV’s Nives Pavlovic in a 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 defeated in Flight One. Oki came even closer to a victory in Flight Four before eventually falling 7-5, 2-6, 10-6 in a super tiebreaker to Bourchier. Five of the nine matches contested by NAU on Friday were against players from the host Rebels of UNLV.

The Lumberjacks will play for a pair of doubles championships on Saturday in addition to consolation singles play, with action resuming at 10 a.m.

Northern Arizona Results

SINGLES
FLIGHT ONE QUARTERFINALS:
Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Orsi Golovics (NAU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0

FLIGHT TWO QUARTERFINALS:
Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. Yumi Hasegawa (NAU) 6-2, 6-0

FLIGHT THREE QUARTERFINALS:
Maggie Mello (UT) def. Malia Wahinepio (NAU) 6-2, 6-3

FLIGHT FOUR QUARTERFINALS:
Alisa Razina (UNLV) def. Nicole Perez (NAU) 6-3, 6-2
Ella Bourchier (UNLV) def. Aimee Oki (NAU) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)

FLIGHT FIVE ROUND ROBIN:
Andrea Lewis (UM) def. Ana Mendes (NAU) 6-1, 6-0


DOUBLES
FLIGHT TWO SEMIFINALS:
Orsi Golovics/Malia Wahinepio (NAU) def. Anna Maskaljun/Alisa Razina (UNLV) 9-8

FLIGHT THREE SEMIFINALS:
Maggie Mello/Caroline Larsson (UT) def. Yumi Hasegawa/Ana Mendes (NAU) 8-1

FLIGHT FOUR SEMIFINALS:
Aimee Oki/Nicole Perez (NAU) def. Rumyana Terzieva/Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 8-3

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