FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fresh off a two-match sweep in their
first home matches of the season, Northern Arizona heads back on
the road to contest four matches in four days, splitting action
between Las Cruces, N.M. and El Paso, Texas. The Lumberjacks (4-2)
open play in Las Cruces on Thursday night against Western New
Mexico (2-2) before heading to El Paso to face UTEP (5-4) and Texas
Pan-American (0-6) on Friday and Saturday. NAU returns to Las
Cruces on Sunday to end the road trip with a match against New
Mexico State (3-4).
“Every year we play UTEP and New Mexico State and they are always challenging matches. The level of tennis this weekend will be very high,” said director of tennis Kim Bruno. “We will have to play well one through six and be strong in doubles as well to come up with victories.”
“Adjusting to lower altitude will be a challenge, but the girls have been working really hard and are ready for it,” added Bruno. “Four matches in a row is not only physically grueling but mentally and emotionally tough to handle as well. It is going to take a huge team effort.”
Northern Arizona Quick Hits
NAU dominated Montana State and Grand Canyon, 6-1 and 7-0, respectively, in sweeping their first-two home matches last weekend and improving to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Sky…Sacramento State is the only other Big Sky team with a winning overall record (6-3)…The Lumberjacks have played on consecutive days once this season (Feb. 13 and 14 at Colorado State and Northern Colorado)…NAU has stretches of matches in three-consecutive days and four-consecutive days on the road in April…Freshman Malia Wahinepio has won five straight singles matches after falling in the Lumberjacks’ season opener…At 5-1, Wahinepio has the best singles record in the Big Sky (min. 4 matches)…Junior Edit Suhajda is 3-0 at No. 2 singles, recording the best record at that spot in the conference…Junior Yumi Hasegawa went 2-0 at No. 6 singles last week, only lost one total game (24-1), and only needed 27 minutes to win against Grand Canyon…The Lumberjacks are 4-2 at all-three doubles positions for the season.
Scouting Western New Mexico
Western New Mexico represents the second-consecutive Division-II opponent for Northern Arizona. The Mustangs are 2-2 on the season, with wins over Dixie State and Academy of Art, and have only played neutral-site matches so far in 2010. NAU is the first of two Division-I opponents for WNMU this season, as the Mustangs will face Rhode Island on March 27, three days after the Lumberjacks host the Rams.
Sophomore Nikolina Vukadin leads the Mustangs at No. 1 singles and doubles. The Lumberjacks are 2-0 all-time against Western New Mexico, but the only-two matches between the schools occurred in 1983.
Riding a five-match winning streak, UTEP (University of Texas-El Paso) enters the week at 5-4 overall, having played their last-six matches at home and in the midst of a 13-match homestand. The Miners will host Texas-Pan American on Thursday before facing NAU and also have a match scheduled with Kansas on Sunday.
UTEP is lead by freshman Dariya Abdrakhmanova and sophomore Carolina DeLuca at No. 1 and 2 singles and No.1 doubles. The Lumberjacks are 8-10 all-time against UTEP. The teams have met in each of the last-three seasons, with NAU claiming a 5-2 win in El Paso in 2008.
Scouting Texas-Pan American
The Broncos are 0-6 and will face UTEP and New Mexico State before battling NAU on Saturday in El Paso. Texas-Pan American has only had five active players all season, defaulting a singles and doubles loss in every match. Senior Nina Ciric is 4-0 at No. 3 singles, the only Bronco with a winning singles record on the season.
The Broncos have only played one home match, a 6-1 loss to Texas State in Edinburg. Northern Arizona has only faced Texas-Pan American once before in team history, a 7-0 win last season in Las Cruces.
Scouting New Mexico State
The Aggies are 3-4 overall but have won their last-two matches at home. They will host Texas-Pan American and Kansas before closing the weekend with the Lumberjacks on Sunday. Junior Isabela Kulaif was named WAC player of the week for going 2-0 in both singles and doubles last week. Senior Sophia Marks leads the team at No. 1 singles.
The Lumberjacks are just 8-14 all-time against New Mexico State, having faced the Aggies in seven of the last eight seasons. Despite the overall record, NAU has won two of the last three matches between the schools, including a 4-3 win last year in Las Cruces.
April 29, 2010 Five Lumberjacks Named to All-Big Sky Womens Tennis Team
April 24, 2010 Womens Tennis Tops Montana 4-2, Returns to Big Sky Final
April 23, 2010 Women's Tennis Aiming for Return to Big Sky Final
April 13, 2010 Suhajda Named Big Sky Womens Tennis Player of the Week
April 11, 2010 Womens Tennis Match at Gonzaga Cancelled
April 5, 2010 Win Streak Ends for Womens Tennis at Utah State, 4-3
April 2, 2010 Womens Tennis Back in Action in Utah and Idaho
March 26, 2010 Tennis Teams Volunteering Time to Help Youth Development
March 23, 2010 Women's Tennis Back in Action, Hosts Rhode Island Wednesday
February 28, 2010 Bad Weather Cancels Men's and Women's Tennis in Las Cruces
February 27, 2010 Womens Tennis Handles Shorthanded Texas-Pan American, 6-1
February 26, 2010 Womens Tennis Winning Streak Ended by UTEP, 5-2
February 26, 2010 Womens Tennis Opens Week With 7-0 Win Over Western New Mexico
February 25, 2010 Womens Tennis to Play Four Straight Days in Las Cruces, El Paso
February 21, 2010 Women's Tennis Earns Quick 7-0 Win Over Grand Canyon
February 19, 2010 Womens Tennis Bounces Montana State in Home Opener, 6-1
February 18, 2010 Womens Tennis to Host Montana State in Home Opener Friday
February 17, 2010 Wahinepio Named Big Sky Womens Tennis Player of the Week
February 14, 2010 Womens Tennis Claims Big Sky Win at Northern Colorado, 5-2
February 13, 2010 Womens Tennis Falls Short at Colorado State, 5-2
February 12, 2010 Womens Tennis to Play at Rams and Bears; Media Guide Available
January 30, 2010 Wahinepio Wins as Womens Tennis Falls to Arizona, 6-1
January 27, 2010 Golovics, Reiff Sweep Big Sky Weekly Tennis Awards
January 24, 2010 Womens Tennis Rallies for Season-Opening 4-3 Win Over UCSB
January 23, 2010 Womens Tennis to Begin Season on Sunday vs. UC Santa Barbara
January 12, 2010 Women Picked Second, Men Sixth in Big Sky Tennis Preseason Polls
January 7, 2010 Womens Tennis Appears in Latest ITA Rankings
November 15, 2009 Womens Tennis Concludes Fall Season at UC Irvine Invite Day 3
November 14, 2009 Womens Tennis Advances Three Players to Finals at UC Irvine Invite
November 13, 2009 Womens Tennis Perfect on First Day of UC Irvine Invitational
November 8, 2009 Womens Tennis Nets Seven More Victories at Southwest Invitational
November 7, 2009 Womens Tennis Continues Strong Play at Southwest Invitational
November 6, 2009 Womens Tennis Powers Through Opening Day at Southwest Invite
October 17, 2009 Womens Tennis Ends Play at ITA Regional with Doubles Win
October 16, 2009 Golovics Advances in Singles and Doubles at ITA Regionals
October 15, 2009 Womens Tennis Plays Through Busy Second Day at ITA Regionals
October 14, 2009 Doubles Sweep Highlights Womens Tennis in ITA Regional Opening
September 27, 2009 Womens Tennis Improves Dramatically as UNLV Invitational Concludes
September 26, 2009 Perez Victorious for Womens Tennis on Second Day of UNLV Invitational
September 25, 2009 Womens Tennis Battles Through Challenging Opening Day in Las Vegas
September 24, 2009 Womens Tennis Heads to Las Vegas to Begin Fall Season
September 1, 2009 NAU Tennis to Host Fundraiser This Saturday
April 26, 2009 Womens Tennis Defeated in Big Sky Championship Final
April 24, 2009 Womens Tennis Advances to Big Sky Semifinals
April 18, 2009 Women's Tennis Wraps Season with Shutout Win
April 10, 2009 Women's Tennis Suffers Second Big Sky Loss