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Women’s Tennis Ends Road Trip with 4-3 Loss at San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – After Northern Arizona swept doubles, San Francisco came back with four singles wins to edge the Lumberjacks, 4-3, on Monday afternoon at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The loss dropped NAU to 7-9 on the season while the Dons improved their season record to 2-12.

"We didn't have enough patience or mental toughness in singles today," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "This was a very disappointing weekend and we need to find a way to respond with three important home matches coming up."

The match started off well for the Lumberjacks with a decisive doubles victory. The easiest win came at No. 3, where NAU senior Aimee Oki and sophomore Nicole Perez notched an 8-2 win over San Francisco's Melinda Akerbrant and Andrea Gaitan, 8-2. The Lumberjacks would add an 8-4 win at No. 1 and an 8-6 win at No. 2 to complete a doubles sweep and earn the first point of the match.

In singles play, NAU senior Yumi Hasegawa notched the team's first victory with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at No. 4 over USF sophomore Yurie Hashiguchi. At No. 2, senior Orsi Golovics would rally for a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over San Francisco's Cecile Duriez, but the other singles matches would not go as well for the visitors. The Dons would record straight-set singles wins at No. 1, 3, 5 and 6 to overcome NAU with a 4-3 final score.

Northern Arizona will open a three-match homestand on Saturday against Northern Colorado at 2 p.m. in Flagstaff Athletic Club East.

DID YOU KNOW... The Northern Arizona University athletics department recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.07 GPA among its more than 300 student-athletes at the completion of the spring 2010 semester. It marked the 12th semester out of the last 13 overall that the Lumberjack student-athletes have recorded a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher. Since 1998, NAU student athletes have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in 22 out of 24 semesters.

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