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Men’s Tennis Stays Perfect in Big Sky, Blasts Northern Colorado 7-0

GREELEY, Colo. – Northern Arizona lost only one set in singles play and swept doubles in a dominate 7-0 victory over Northern Colorado on Sunday morning in Greeley. With the win, the Lumberjacks improved to 3-0 in Big Sky play and 5-2 overall while the Bears dropped to 0-3 and 0-1 in conference, having been swept in all three of their matches.

“The men played as hard and as fast as they could,” assistant coach Rich Paulosky said. “Northern Colorado is an improving team and several matches could have gone either way. The idea was to win as fast as possible and get off the court so the women could get on quickly to play their match, and we accomplished that.”

The visitors opened the match with a sweep in doubles for the first time this season. Junior David Flodberg and freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer battled for an 8-7 (7-4) victory at No. 1, while the Lumberjack pairs at No. 2 and 3 cruised to 8-1 and 8-2 victories, respectively, en route to claiming the doubles point.

The Lumberjacks would sweep singles play in an even more dominant fashion. Sophomore Andrew Reiff got past Northern Colorado’s Calix Van Lier, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 to set the tone for the rest of his teammates. Northern Arizona followed with four-more straight set wins, including 6-0, 6-0 blankings by Flodberg at No. 5 and freshman Hugo Ramadier at No. 4 to run his team-best record to 6-1. NAU completed the sweep at No. 3, where sophomore Robin Pezzutto outlasted Robbie Edwards 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 to complete a perfect day for Northern Arizona.

The Lumberjacks return home to host a single match next Sunday, February 21, against Grand Canyon. The match will be the opener of a double-header with women’s tennis, with first serve scheduled for 10 a.m. at Flagstaff Athletic Club East.

DID YOU KNOW…Northern Arizona finished third in the Sterling Savings Bank Presidents Cup recognizing academic and athletics performances in 2008-09. The award is based on team grade point averages, graduation rates and the number of all-conference performers with a grade point average above a 3.0, as well as Men's and Women's All Sports points.

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