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February 11, 2012

Five Singles Wins Propels Women's Tennis Over Northern Colorado, 5-2

GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis was swept in doubles play, but still managed to earn a victory by virtue of five singles wins in its Big Sky opener against Northern Colorado, 5-2, Saturday at Work Out West. The Lumberjacks' win was their eighth consecutive over the Bears and marked the third straight year they won their conference opener.

The Bears began the match by sweeping through all three doubles matches to gain the early 1-0 advantage. All three matches were played close with all three decided by three games or less, including at No. 2 where the freshmen tandem of Hannah Stone and Johanna Vang fell in a tiebreaker.

The close matches would continue in the singles portion of the battle with three matches going to three sets and two others needing tiebreakers. The Lumberjacks would prevail in the No. 1 through 5 matches though to claim the victory. Among the highlights were junior Nicole Perez picking up her first win of the season, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5 at No. 4 over the Bears' Jennifer Buchanan, and Vang notching her team-leading third singles win, defeating Stephanie Catlin at No. 5, 6-2, 6-2.

The Lumberjacks will take a break from Big Sky action for a non-conference match against Colorado State on Sunday in Fort Collins, Colo. The match is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Results:

Doubles:

1. Stephanie Catlin/Elizabeth Tapia (UNC) def. Nicole Perez/Malia Wahinepio (NAU), 8-5

2. Adriana Nieto/Jennifer Whateley (UNC) def. Hannah Stone/Johanna Vang (NAU), 8-7 (10-8)

3. Jennifer Buchanan/Chrissie Hoolahan (UNC) def. Ghizelene Doballah/Alice Pacaut (NAU), 8-6

Order of Finish: (N/A)

Singles:

1. Doballah (NAU) def. Whateley (UNC), 6-1, 5-7, 6-3

2. Stone (NAU) def. Tapia (UNC), 7-6 (7-0), 6-2

3. Wahinepio (NAU) def. Nieto (UNC), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

4. Perez (NAU) def. Buchanan (UNC), 7-6 (9-7), 7-5

5. Vang (NAU) def. Catlin (UNC), 6-2, 6-2

6. Hoolahan (UNC) def. Pacaut (NAU), 7-5, 4-6, 11-9

Order of Finish: (N/A)