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January 16, 2014

Women’s Tennis Opens the Season in Tempe

The Matchup

Northern Arizona (0-0 Big Sky) vs. Arizona State (0-0 PAC-12)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 18

Time: 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Site: Tempe, Ariz. – Whiteman Tennis Center

This will be the 16th and 17th matchup between Northern Arizona and Arizona State.  The Sun Devils came away with the win in last year's meeting by a score of 1-6.  

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The season has arrived for the Northern Arizona women's tennis team and they will begin their season on the road against in-state opponent, Arizona State. It will be a double header for the Lumberjacks in Tempe as their first round of matches will be at 10 a.m. resuming play at 2 p.m.

 There will be a lot of new faces on the court for head coach Kim Bruno's squad as she brings in five newcomers this season. Bruno had to replace six players who were all key contributors to last season's third finish place in the Big Sky Conference. Despite the loss of some key players like Ghizelene Doballah and Malia Wahinepio, the Lumberjacks were picked to finish third in the Big Sky preseason poll.

Coach Bruno Quote of the Week

"The team is looking forward to competing this weekend against ASU," said Bruno. "It's exciting opening our season against the Sun Devils because ASU is an extremely tough tennis program with excellent coaching so we need to be ready to compete at our highest level.  We will take away a lot from this match, win or lose."

Box Receives ITA Ranking

In just her first fall season at Northern Arizona, women's tennis sophomore transfer Emelia Box earned a spot on the ITA Mountain Region Ranking. Box was ranked 20th in the Mountain Region among the best players and schools in the Mountain West such as UNLV, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Sister Act

For the second time in Northern Arizona women's tennis history, the Lumberjacks have two sisters playing together at NAU. Senior Tatum Rochin and freshman Hailey Rochin will share the court together this season in hopes of bringing the Lumberjacks back to the Big Sky Championships. Bruno's roster is filled with a lot of young talent and only has one senior on the roster in Tatum. Tatum is coming off a stellar season last year where she was undefeated in Big Sky play, going 7-0 at the No. 7 slot. Hailey made great strides in her first fall season at Northern Arizona and will be a key contributor for the Lumberjacks in her freshman campaign.

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