Wahinepio Lone Singles Winner As Pacific Tops Women’s Tennis, 6-1
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sophomore Malia Wahinepio won at No. 4 singles and teamed with senior Yumi Hasegawa for a win at No. 2 doubles, but Pacific claimed the doubles point and five singles matches for a 6-1 win on Saturday afternoon in Tempe. Northern Arizona dropped to 2-5 with the loss while Pacific improved to 2-3.
The doubles tandem of Hasegawa and Wahinepio improved to 3-1 for the season at the No. 2 position with an 8-6 win over Pacific's Shabby Eslami and Sarah Irvin. However, the Tigers recorded 8-2 and 8-5 doubles wins at No. 1 and 3, respectively, to earn the doubles point.
Wahinpeio and Irvin met again in the No. 4 singles match, with the Lumberjack sophomore claiming a 6-7 (6), 6-1, 1-0 (10-3) victory. The five remaining singles matches did not go the Lumberjacks way, starting at the top where senior Edit Suhajda had to retire down 5-0 in the first set at the No. 1 position. Fellow senior Orsi Golovics forced a first-set tiebreak at No. 2 before eventually dropping a 7-6 (5), 6-2 decision, while Hasegawa also narrowly lost the first sit in a 7-5, 6-1 loss at No. 3. Straight-set wins for the Tigers at No. 5 and 6 secured a 6-1 win for Pacific.
The Lumberjacks will return to action next weekend with three matches in Las Cruces, N.M., beginning with a doubleheader next Saturday, February 19, against Seattle and Western New Mexico.