FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After an 11-day layoff, the Northern Arizona women's tennis team returns to action on Friday and Saturday with a pair matches in Tempe. On Friday at 1:30, the Lumberjacks (2-3) will face No. 20 Arizona State (3-1), their highest ranked opponent of the season. NAU will also face Pacific (1-3) on Saturday at noon before returning to Flagstaff.
The Lumberjacks last competed in Santa Barbara, Calif. during the last weekend of January. NAU recorded a win over Cal State Bakersfield but was defeated by Santa Clara and UC Santa Barbara. Senior Orsi Golovics leads the team with a 3-2 record at No. 2 singles, while fellow senior Edit Suhajda, who is ranked No. 20 in the ITA Mountain region, has a 2-3 mark at No. 1. Both Golovics and Suhajda have earned Big Sky women's tennis Player of the Week awards already this season. Northern Arizona has used five doubles combinations thus far, with senior Yumi Hasegawa and sophomore Malia Wahinepio owning the best record with a 2-0 mark at No. 2.
Arizona State has posted 7-0 sweeps over Iowa State, UC Davis, and No. 22 South Carolina so far this season. The Sun Devils only loss came in a narrow 4-3 decision at No. 10 Miami. Four Arizona State singles players are nationally ranked: No. 34 Kelcy McKenna, No. 38 Jacqueline Cako, No. 74 Micaela Hein and No. 90 Hannah James. ASU also has two ranked doubles teams in No. 28 Hein and McKenna and No. 48 James and Michelle Brycki. The Lumberjacks are 0-13 all-time against Arizona State and 0-1 so far this season against ranked opponents (7-0 loss at No. 49 Arizona).
The Pacific Tigers of the Big West conference begin the week at 1-3, with their lone win coming in a 7-0 whitewash of fellow Big Sky member Weber State in Las Vegas. The Tigers have posted 4-3 losses to New Mexico State and UNLV and a 6-1 loss at Santa Clara. Pacific is led at No. 1 singles and doubles by senior Jenifer Widjaja, who went 19-3 at No. 1 singles last year and was named Big West Player of the Year. Northern Arizona is 0-4 all-time against Pacific, though the teams have not met since 2006.