Women’s Tennis to Play at No. 46 Sacramento State, Two Others
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team (7-6, 2-0 BSC) travels to Northern California and Nevada for three matches this weekend. The trip begins on Friday night at Nevada (4-7) in a match that was moved up from Saturday afternoon due to forecasted rain. The women will then face Big Sky power No. 46 Sacramento State (8-7, 2-0 BSC) on Sunday afternoon and conclude their trip on Monday at San Francisco (1-12).
The Lumberjacks have won two straight matches and five of their last-six duals. NAU has started Big Sky play at 2-0, with a 7-0 home win over Weber State and a 5-1 rain-shortened neutral site victory over Idaho State. Sophomore Malia Wahinepio has been leading the team of late with seven straight singles victories, bringing her team-leading season singles record to 9-4. Sophomore Nicole Perez has won her last-six singles matches and has recorded five consecutive doubles wins with senior Aimee Oki. In their two conference matches, the Lumberjacks are 11-1 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles.
Nevada has won its last-two matches with 4-3 wins over New Mexico and Hawaii. The Wolf Pack dropped a 5-2 decision at Sacramento State earlier this season and started the year with a 1-6 record. Freshman Michelle Okhremchuk leads the team at No. 1 singles. NAU is just 2-10 all-time against Nevada, with the schools last meeting in 2007.
Northern Arizona and Sacramento State met in the Big Sky Championship Final for the fifth consecutive season last year, with the Hornets claiming their ninth consecutive Big Sky title. The Hornets begin the week ranked No. 46 nationally and have posted impressive wins this year over No. 40 Saint Mary's, No. 43 Pepperdine and No. 67 Fresno State. Six of Sacramento State's seven losses this year have been to ranked opponents. Junior Tatsiana Kapshai, the 2010 Big Sky MVP, is ranked No. 124 nationally in singles and pairs with sophomore Rebeca Delgado for the No. 68 doubles team. NAU is 2-13 all-time against the Hornets, including two losses last season.
After starting its season with a 7-0 win over Cal State Bakersfield, San Francisco has dropped its last-12 matches. Included in the Dons' long losing streak is a 6-1 loss at Sacramento State. The team is led at No.1 singles by junior Julia Wartenburger. NAU and USF have only met once before in women's tennis, a 7-0 Lumberjack win in 2001.