SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – With a thick marine layer hanging over the central coast of California and delaying play due to wet courts, Santa Clara would claim the doubles point and win three singles matches to record a 4-2 win over Northern Arizona in a weather-shortened neutral site match Saturday afternoon. The Lumberjacks moved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 on their trip to California while the Broncos stayed perfect on the young season at 4-0.
"The weather was really weird and forced us to play on just three courts," said NAU director of tennis coach Kim Bruno. "I was really proud of how the girls battled. Today was probably the best I've seen them play this season, but we just couldn't pull it out.
In doubles play, the Northern Arizona duo of senior Yumi Hasegawa and sophomore Malia Wahinepio battled for an 8-7 win over Santa Clara's Kelly Lamble and Maggie McGeorge at No. 2. The Broncos, however, would record 8-2 and 8-4 wins at No.1 and 2, respectively, to earn the first point of the match.
Hasegawa would get the Lumberjacks first singles point at No. 3, as the NAU senior picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Santa Clara's Alex Zaniewski. Fellow NAU senior Orsi Golovics would outlast Lamble in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 decision at No. 2, but straight-set Bronco wins at No. 1, 4 and 5 clinched the match for SCU. The No. 6 singles match was not played.
Northern Arizona will play for a winning road trip on Sunday, facing home-standing UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m. Arizona time, weather permitting.