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April 12, 2010

Men’s Tennis Ends Conference Play with 5-2 Win Over Portland State

PORTLAND, Ore. – Northern Arizona swept doubles and claimed four singles wins to end regular season Big Sky-play with a 5-2 victory over Portland State on Monday. The Lumberjacks finished with a 6-2 record in the Big Sky, ensuring a birth in the Big Sky Championship, and ended the regular season at 12-8 overall while Portland State dropped to 3-4 in conference play and 6-10 overall.

NAU was scheduled to play a non-conference match at Portland on Monday but the match was cancelled due to insufficient facilities.

Sophomores Andrew Reiff and Robin Pezzutto paced a Lumberjack doubles sweep with an 8-5 victory at No. 1. Junior David Flodberg and freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer earned a hard-fought 8-7 (3) victory at No. 2, while a 9-7 NAU win at No. 3 gave the Lumberjacks the early lead.

Portland State would claim singles victories at No. 1 and 2, but the Lumberjacks would dominate the back-end of singles play to earn the victory. Freshman Hugo Ramadier defeated Portland State's Kyle Erickson 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 3 while Pezzutto earned a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4. The match was clinched at No. 5, where Flodberg got past Matt Erickson, 6-2, 6-4, and freshman Kevin Taylor gave the Lumberjacks their final point with a 6-4, 1-6, 10-4 victory at No. 6.

The Lumberjacks will next play in the Big Sky Championship semifinals in Sacramento on Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. Seedings and matchups for the Big Sky Championship will not be determined until conference play concludes this weekend.

DID YOU KNOW…Based on AHRRC information NAU athletics has a significant impact on the Flagstaff economy. Lumberjack student athletes add $8.7 million to the Northern Arizona economy and visiting teams contributed $650,000 to the hotel and restaurant economy of Flagstaff.