POCATELLO, Idaho – Northern Arizona ended a four-match losing streak by sweeping doubles and winning four singles matches to pick up a 5-2 Big Sky victory over Idaho State on Sunday morning in Pocatello. The Lumberjacks improved to 4-2 in the Big Sky and 9-8 overall while Idaho State, which ended a 25-match losing streak with a win on Saturday, dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Northern Arizona ended its recent struggles in doubles by sweeping the three matches on Sunday. 8-4 wins at No. 2 and 3 clinched the point, while an 8-6 win from junior David Flodberg and freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer completed the sweep and gave NAU the first point of the match.
In singles play, freshman Hugo Ramadier earned a straight-set victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Idaho State's Dakota Pate at No. 3. Flodberg cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 while freshman Kevin Taylor battled for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 6 to clinch the victory. The match concluded with a hard-fought battle at No. 1, when NAU sophomore Andrew Reiff outlasted Bengal senior Javier Royo 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-3).
The Lumberjacks will conclude the regular season with four matches in five days next week in the Pacific Northwest, including their final-two Big Sky matches. The trip starts on Friday, April 9, at Gonzaga at 6 p.m.