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Men’s Tennis Heads to Colorado for Two Matches; Media Guide Available

2009-10 NAU TENNIS MEDIA GUIDE (PDF)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a week off, the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team heads to Colorado for a pair of matches, playing at Air Force (1-1) on Saturday morning before opening a men’s and women’s Big Sky double-header on Sunday morning at Northern Colorado (0-2). The Lumberjacks begin the week at 3-2, including a perfect 2-0 mark in conference play.

“Air Force is a tough place to play and they have a team that really fights hard,” director of tennis Kim Bruno said. “It will be interesting to see how we come out and how tough we really are. The first match at Air Force will be critical for us to get some momentum going into Sunday’s match at Northern Colorado.”

For additional information, the 2009-10 Northern Arizona men’s and women’s tennis media guide is now available for online viewing in PDF format. The guide will also be available shortly as an online flip book. To access the 2009-10 media guide, click the above link or the media guide link on the top information bar.

Northern Arizona Quick Hits

NAU opened the season with a 6-1 win over Sacramento State and a 7-0 win over Montana State in Flagstaff, beginning the season at 2-0 in Big Sky conference play…two weeks ago, the Lumberjacks played three matches in Las Vegas, falling to No. 75 UNLV and Utah State before ending the weekend with a 4-3 win over St. Mary’s…Sophomore Andrew Reiff is 4-1 in singles play and 4-1 in doubles with sophomore Robin Pezzutto, and was named Big Sky men’s tennis player of the week on January 27…Freshman Hugo Ramadier has equaled Reiff for the best singles record thus far, notching a 4-1 mark playing in the No. 4 position…The Lumberjacks have winning singles records at No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 so far this season…In Big Sky matches, NAU is 11-1 in singles play, easily the best cumulative singles record amongst Big Sky teams in conference play….Portland State is the only other Big Sky team that is undefeated in conference play (1-0)…Eastern Washington is the only other Big Sky team with an overall winning record (2-1).

Scouting Air Force

The Falcons will be hosting their first match of the season when they welcome the Lumberjacks on Saturday morning. The match will also be the first home contest for new Air Force head coach Dan Oosterhous. Air Force enters the match at 1-1, having lost to Denver, 6-1, and defeated Northern Colorado, 7-0, two weeks ago. Freshman Lance Wilhelm leads the Falcons at No. 1 singles, posting a 2-0 record thus far in his young career.

The Falcons competed with Northern Arizona at the Balloon Fiesta Classic during the fall season. Junior David Flodberg played three matches against Falcon players, totaling a 2-1 record, while Ramadier, Pezzutto, freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer and freshman Kevin Taylor also picked up singles wins against Air Force opponents. The Lumberjacks are 2-2 all-time against Air Force, having last faced the Falcons in a 5-2 loss in Colorado Springs in 2006.

Scouting Northern Colorado

Northern Arizona will play its first of five Big Sky road contests in 2010 on Sunday in Greeley. The Bears have been swept, 7-0, in both of their matches this season, falling first at Denver before the aforementioned 7-0 home defeat at the hands of Air Force. The Bears have not won a singles match and have been victorious in just one of six doubles matches thus far. Sophomore Calix Van Lier leads the Bears at No.1 singles, as the UNC roster has just six members under first-year head coach Tim Bearman.

Northern Colorado was picked to finish eighth in the Big Sky coaches preseason poll. NAU players combined to go 2-2 against foes from Northern Colorado in the Balloon Fiesta Classic in October, with both losses coming against Van Lier. The Lumberjacks are a perfect 7-0 against Northern Colorado all-time, including a 7-0 win in Flagstaff last season.