Women’s Tennis to Play Three Matches in Two Days in Las Cruces
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team heads to Las Cruces, N.M. this weekend for a trifecta of matches. On Saturday, the Lumberjacks (2-5) will play a day-night doubleheader, facing Seattle (1-6) at 9 a.m. and Western New Mexico (0-6) at 5 p.m. in a pair of neutral-site matches. NAU will then meet home-standing New Mexico State (4-1) at 9 a.m. Sunday to close the weekend.
The Lumberjacks have dropped four consecutive matches since opening the season with a 2-1 record. Senior Orsi Golovics and sophomore Malia Wahinepio are tied for the team-lead with three singles wins this season at the No. 2 and 4 positions, respectively. In doubles play, Wahinepio and senior Yumi Hasegawa lead the way with a 3-1 mark at No. 2 while Golovics and senior Edit Suhajda have a 2-2 record at No. 1. NAU is 2-2 in neutral site contests this year and 0-3 in road matches.
Seattle plays at UTEP on Friday before traveling to Las Cruces to meet the Lumberjacks on Saturday morning. The Redhawks have already played a pair of Big Sky opponents this season, falling to Eastern Washington, 6-1, and Northern Colorado, 4-3. Seattle's only win this season was a 5-2 triumph over NAIA school Lewis-Clark State. Junior Katrina Schwab leads the squad at No. 1 singles. Seattle is the only first-time opponent on the 2011 Northern Arizona schedule.
In their only match of the week, winless Western New Mexico will face the Lumberjacks on Saturday evening. Of their six losses, the Division-II Mustangs have been swept four times this season, including a 7-0 loss to New Mexico in their only previous match against Division-I competition. Sophomore Doris Berberic paces the Mustangs at No. 1 singles and doubles. NAU is 3-0 all-time against Western New Mexico, including a 7-0 whitewash last season.
NAU's stiffest competition of the weekend should come on Sunday against New Mexico State. The Aggies begin the week at 4-1 and will host Northern Colorado on Friday and Seattle on Saturday before battling the Lumberjacks. Among New Mexico State's victories are a 6-1 win over fellow Big Sky school Montana State and a 4-3 win over Pacific, which defeated NAU, 6-1, last Saturday. Junior Manon Sylvain has recently assumed the No. 1 singles position for New Mexico State. Northern Arizona is 8-14 all-time against the Aggies, including a pair of wins in 2009.