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2014-15 Northern Arizona Men's Tennis News

June 30, 2015
26 NAU Student-Athletes Named to Big Sky Spring All-Academic Team
OGDEN, Utah – Big Sky Conference office announced their All-Academic Teams for the spring 2015 season with the Northern Arizona for men's and women's outdoor track, men's and women's tennis and women's golf teams having 26 student-athletics honored.

June 12, 2015
Summer 2015 Coaches Caravan Dates Announced
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Athletics Department will be rolling through the state of Arizona during its annual NAU Coaches Caravan tour and hopes that Lumberjack Nation will come out in full force when it hits your city. The caravan will make its first stop in San Diego on Monday, June 29 before making several stops in the Grand Canyon State.

June 2, 2015
NAU Student-Athletes Give Back in Record Numbers During 2014-15 Year
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Last year, Northern Arizona University student-athletes performed an incredible 4,378 total community service hours setting a new department record. During the 2014-15 academic year, Lumberjack student-athletes outdid themselves resetting the record with over 5,000 hours out in the Flagstaff community and the greater Northern Arizona region in an outstanding department-wide effort to give back.

May 27, 2015
NCAA Releases Latest Academic Progress Rate Results
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes continue to strive for academic excellence culminating in graduation, as the latest annual multi-year data has been released by the NCAA.

May 22, 2015
2015 Men's Tennis Season Recap
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In just his second year at Northern Arizona, head coach Ki Kroll has established a winning culture for the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team and in 2015 it led them all the way to the Big Sky Championship match. An identity has been created for the men’s tennis program and through the player’s hard work and determination, NAU made it all the way to the championship match after pulling off two upsets in the quarterfinals and in the semifinals.

May 19, 2015
NAU Men Win Second Consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona men have captured their second consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy, the conference office announced Tuesday. The Lumberjacks went into the outdoor track championship with the lead, and maintained it after a tie for first place capturing their fourth straight outdoor title.

May 9, 2015
NAU Athletics Celebrates 42 Student-Athlete Graduates This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In total, 42 Northern Arizona University student-athletes will receive their degrees from the university this weekend during the Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held on campus yesterday and today. Including the 21 student-athletes who participated in the Fall 2014 commencement ceremonies, the NAU Athletics Department produced a total of 63 graduates for the 2014-15 academic year.

May 4, 2015
Jordan Gobatie Named First Team All-Big Sky
OGDEN, Utah – After an 11-13 record and an appearance in the Big Sky Championship, Northern Arizona men’s tennis senior Jordan Gobatie has been named First Team All-Big Sky. In just two seasons at NAU, Gobatie helped lead the program to back-to-back appearances in the Big Sky Championships along with a memorable run in the Big Sky tournament this season.

April 30, 2015
A Night to Remember: 2015 Louie's Awards
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday night at Prochnow Auditorium, the NAU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the second annual Louie’s Awards, a night for Lumberjack student-athletes, coaches, administration and staff to sit back, relax and remember the 2014-15 academic year.

April 26, 2015
NAU Falls to Idaho in the Big Sky Championship
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team made it all the way to the Big Sky Championship after pulling off two upsets in the quarterfinals and semifinals that set up a matchup with Idaho in the finals. NAU’s season came to an end as the Lumberjacks fell to the Vandals 4-2.

April 25, 2015
No. 6 Seed NAU Defeats No. 1 Seed Weber State in Big Sky Championships Semifinals
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After a memorable win in the Big Sky Championships quarterfinals over the No. 3 Montana the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team would have to pull off another upset in the semifinals against the No. 1 seed Weber State in order to advance to the championship. In the regular season Weber State defeated NAU 4-3 in Flagstaff but it was a different story on Saturday as the Lumberjacks walked away with the 4-1 upset over Weber State to advance to the Big Sky Championship.

April 24, 2015
No. 6 Seed NAU Defeats Defending Big Sky Champions Montana
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team pulled off the upset against the defending Big Sky Champions Montana in the Big Sky Championships Quarterfinals. NAU entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and the Lumberjacks had to go up against the Grizzlies, who were the No. 3 seed, and had defeated the Lumberjacks this season 6-1 but on Friday it was a different story as NAU took down the Griz 4-2 to advance to the semifinals.

April 22, 2015
NAU Takes on the No. 3 Seed Montana in the Big Sky Quarterfinals
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the second straight season under second-year head coach Ki Kroll, the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team has reached the Big Sky Championships. This year, NAU enters the tournament as the No. 6 seed and the Lumberjacks will be looking to pull off the upset in the quarterfinals as they face the No. 3 seed Montana.

April 19, 2015
NAU Ends the Regular Season on a High Note
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team ended the season sending off their seniors with a win over Portland State in their final home match of the season. Both seniors, Kester Black and Jordan Gobatie, won both of their matches as the Lumberjacks took down the Vikings 6-1 to end the regular season with a 9-12 record and a 7-4 record in the Big Sky.

April 18, 2015
NAU Reserves a Seat at the Big Sky Championships
SEDONA, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team controlled its own destiny this weekend having to win one of two matches at home in order to clinch a spot in the Big Sky Championships. On Saturday, the Lumberjacks (8-12) delivered that win with a 7-0 sweep over Southern Utah for their sixth win in conference.

April 17, 2015
NAU Honors Seniors Kester Black & Jordan Gobatie
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis program culture has completely changed in the past two years under head coach Ki Kroll’s leadership at the helm and he also has two players throughout that time who exemplify what hard work can do. Kester Black and Jordan Gobatie will be honored in their final two home matches this weekend for having left their mark on the tennis program.

April 16, 2015
NAU Men’s Tennis Preps for Final Two Home Matches
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team will look to seal its destiny in the final week of the regular season against Big Sky opponents Southern Utah and Portland State. The Lumberjacks currently sit in the final spot of the Big Sky Championships and with one win against the Thunderbirds or the Vikings NAU will head to Sacramento, Calif. for the second straight season.

April 15, 2015
NAU Student-Athletes Take Part in Discover Your Career Night
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes participated in the 2nd Annual Discover Your Career Night. The goal of the career fair is to give student-athletes a head start in exploring their options after graduation. From internships to graduate assistantships to full-time jobs, the student-athletes were able to speak with 25 different companies about their career path.

April 15, 2015
Hoover, Vang, Buzzard & Hasquet Honored as Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday, NAU’s brightest student-athletes were honored at the 37th annual Golden Eagle Awards held at the High Country Conference Center. The annual luncheon recognizes Northern Arizona University’s student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom. Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., honored 191 Lumberjack student-athletes for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments.

April 12, 2015
Men's Tennis Battles, Falls Short 4-3 to Big Sky Leading Weber State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's tennis team pushed first-place Weber State to the brink in their Sunday afternoon matinee face-off, but the Wildcats clawed out a 4-3 win. NAU's rally efforts from a 3-1 deficit come up just shy, as it fell to 5-4 in the Big Sky and 7-12 overall.

April 8, 2015
NAU Squares off Against Weber State in Flagstaff
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis has only one match this week but it is a big one as the Lumberjacks take on the number one team in the Big Sky, Weber State. This will be the first of three straight home matches to end the season.

April 4, 2015
NAU Drops 4-3 Nail Biter to Sacramento State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona started off its final roadtrip of the season with a matchup against Sacramento State. Looking to snap a two-match losing streak, the Lumberjacks were able to come away with the doubles point but it wasn’t enough as the Hornets defeated the Lumberjacks 4-3 to fall 7-11 this season and 4-3 in the Big Sky.

April 3, 2015
NAU Heads Back on the Road to Face Sacramento State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis will conclude its final road trip of the season with two matches in California. To kick off the trip, the Lumberjacks will face Big Sky opponent Sacramento State and then NAU will play its final non-conference opponent of the year in No. 71 in the country UC Davis.

April 2, 2015
NAU Athletics April Student-Athlete Spotlight
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Colin Gustus of the men's tennis team and Kim Cifuentes of the golf team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of April.

March 31, 2015
'Jacks, Northern Arizona Community Come Together for Student-Athlete for a Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU Athletics Department, spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), held its Student-Athlete for a Day on Tuesday for over 200 children throughout the northern Arizona region. The important Student-Athlete for a Day returned for the first time in three years and was a fun-filled day for both the Lumberjack student-athletes and the local youth.

March 29, 2015
NAU Ends Four-Match Week with a Loss at Montana State
BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team concluded its four-match week in Bozeman, Mont. for a matchup with Montana State. The Bobcats now have the most wins during conference play (8-2) as they defeated the Lumberjacks 5-2. NAU is now 7-10 this season and 5-2 in the Big Sky.

March 28, 2015
NAU’s Five-Match Winning Streak Snapped at Montana
MISSOULA, Mont. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team saw its five-match winning streak snapped by Montana losing to the Grizzlies 6-1. The loss is NAU’s first defeat in the Big Sky Conference, moving to 7-9 this season and 5-1 in conference.

March 26, 2015
NAU Remains Undefeated in the Big Sky after 6-1 Win Over Idaho State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Make it five wins in a row for the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team (7-8) as they defeated Idaho State 6-1 at Continental Country Club. The Lumberjacks move to 5-0 in the Big Sky remaining in first place.

March 25, 2015
NAU Sweeps Eastern Washington 7-0 for Fourth Straight Win
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team continues its hot streak in the Big Sky Conference with a 7-0 sweep over Eastern Washington. That gives the Lumberjacks their fourth straight win moving to 6-8 this season.

March 24, 2015
Jordan Gobatie Named Big Sky Player of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – After going 3-0 last week in conference to move to first place in the Big Sky, Northern Arizona men’s tennis senior Jordan Gobatie has been named Big Sky Player of the Week. This is the first player of the week honor in Gobatie's career.

March 24, 2015
Four Matches in Five Days for NAU Beginning in Flagstaff
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After going 3-0 last week to open conference play, the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team looks to carry the momentum against Eastern Washington and Idaho State at home. The Lumberjacks will then travel to Montana for a matchup against the Grizzlies and Montana State to close out the weekend.

March 22, 2015
Three in a Row: NAU Defeats Northern Colorado 7-0
GREELEY, Colo. – Make it three wins in a row for the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team as they swept Northern Colorado 7-0. The Lumberjacks remain a perfect 3-0 in the Big Sky Conference as NAU moves to 5-8 this season.

March 20, 2015
NAU Dominates North Dakota 7-0
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – After an exciting win over Idaho to kick off the week, the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team continued their winning ways as they defeated North Dakota on the road 7-0. The victory over UND gives NAU its fourth win of the season and second straight win in the Big Sky Conference.

March 17, 2015
NAU Defeats Big Sky's Top Ranked Idaho 5-2
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team welcomed the Big Sky’s best, Idaho, into town for the Lumberjacks first home match of the season. After dropping the doubles point, the Lumberjacks fought back to defeat the Vandals 5-2 for NAU’s first win in the Big Sky this season.

March 16, 2015
NAU Begins Three-Match Weekend in Flagstaff
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team has set their sights on conference play as the Lumberjacks welcome newcomer of the Big Sky Conference Idaho. This is not only the first home match of the season for NAU but also the first conference match of the year. The Lumberjacks home stand will not last long as NAU will head out on the road for its first two road matches in the Big Sky this season against North Dakota and Northern Colorado to close out the weekend.

March 15, 2015
NAU Drops 5-2 Match to UNLV
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team concluded its two-match weekend in Las Vegas with a matchup against UNLV. The Lumberjacks took two matches in singles play but it wasn’t enough as NAU fell to the Rebels 5-2.

March 14, 2015
NAU Falls to Marquette 4-3
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team began its two-match weekend in Las Vegas with a matchup against Marquette University. After dropping the doubles point, the Lumberjacks could not recover dropping the 4-3 match to the Golden Eagles 4-3.

March 13, 2015
Back in Action: Men’s Tennis Set for Two Matches in Las Vegas
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After taking a week off from play, the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team is back in action with two matches in Las Vegas against Marquette and UNLV.

March 1, 2015
NAU Falls to No. 60 UC Irvine
IRVINE, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team ended their California road trip with a matchup against No. 60 in the country UC Irvine. The Lumberjacks were able to take only match to three-sets as UC Irvine defeated NAU 7-0 as Northern Arizona drops to 2-6 this year. This is the fifth ranked opponent NAU has played this season.

February 28, 2015
‘Jacks Fall to Loyola Marymount 5-2
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team began their California road trip in Los Angeles with a matchup against Loyola Marymount. The Lumberjacks picked up two wins in singles but it wasn’t enough as the Lions defeated NAU 5-2.

February 27, 2015
NAU Looks to Snap Two-Match Losing Skid in California
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s team is back on the road looking to snap a two-match losing skid when they travel to California with a matchup against Loyola Marymount and UC Irvine. This will be the seventh and eighth straight match on the road to start the 2015 season.

February 22, 2015
NAU Drops 4-3 Nail Biter to Air Force
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team concluded their two-match weekend at the University of New Mexico in a neutral site matchup against Air Force. In the final match against Air Force, the Lumberjacks dropped a third set tiebreaker as NAU fell to Air Force 4-3.

February 21, 2015
NAU’s Two-Match Winning Streak Snapped by New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team saw its two-match winning streak snapped by No. 63 in the nation, New Mexico, 6-1 as NAU falls to the 63rd best team in the country. NAU falls to 2-3 on the season.

February 20, 2015
NAU Takes Two-Match Winning Streak to New Mexico
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After going 2-0 last weekend against a nationally ranked opponent in Nevada, and a comeback win against New Mexico State, the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team is headed back to New Mexico for a matchup against the University of New Mexico and a neutral site match versus Air Force. It was a memorable week for the Lumberjacks last week defeating a nationally ranked opponent for just the second time in school history.

February 18, 2015
Felix Schumann Has Been Named Big Sky Player of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – In just his second week into his first collegiate season, Northern Arizona men’s tennis freshman Felix Schumann has been named Big Sky Player of the Week.

February 14, 2015
NAU Completes the Comeback 4-3 Over New Mexico State
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team capped off their best weekend of the 2015 season in Las Cruces going up against New Mexico State. The Lumberjacks backs were against the wall being down 3-1 but NAU was able to come from behind to defeat the Aggies 4-3 ending the perfect 2-0 weekend. NAU is now 2-2 this season.

February 13, 2015
Monumental Win: NAU Defeats No. 70 Nevada 5-2
TUCSON, Ariz. – For the second time in school history, the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team defeated a nationally ranked opponent as the Lumberjacks took down No. 70 Nevada, 5-2 for NAU’s first win this season.

February 12, 2015
Men's Tennis: Back On the Road to Tucson & New Mexico
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team is back on the road for their second straight weekend to start out the season. On Friday, Feb. 13, the Lumberjacks will face Nevada in a neutral match in Tucson, then head to New Mexico for a Saturday matchup against New Mexico State in Las Cruces.

February 7, 2015
NAU Falls to No. 73 Utah State
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team closed out their first weekend of play this season in Tucson against Utah State. Kester Black won the Lumberjacks’ first match of the season but it wasn’t enough as NAU fell to the 73rd best team in the country 6-1 to drop to 0-2 this season.

February 6, 2015
NAU Drops Opener to Arizona 7-0
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team opened their season on the road traveling down t Tucson, facing the University of Arizona. The Lumberjacks were swept by the Wildcats 7-0 dropping their season opener.

February 5, 2015
Lumberjacks Open the Season Against UofA
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The wait is finally over as the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team is back in action as they travel down to Tucson to face Arizona on Friday, Feb. 6 and then stay in Tucson for a neutral match on Saturday against Utah State at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center to open the Lumberjacks 2015 campaign.

February 3, 2015
2015 Season Preview: Men’s Tennis goes into the season with high expectations
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The wait is finally over as the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team will kick off their 2015 campaign with high expectations. The Lumberjacks will enter their second season with head coach Ki Kroll at the helm for NAU who has completely changed the culture of the program.

January 16, 2015
Men's Tennis Picked Fifth in Big Sky Preseason Poll
OGDEN, Utah – The season is just a few weeks away for the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team, which means the Big Sky preseason polls have been released. After finishing third in the Big Sky last year, the Lumberjacks were picked to finish fifth in the Big Sky this season.

November 25, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Give Back to the Community in Operation Christmas Child
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona student-athletes are always giving back to the community of Flagstaff and this past weekend, the freshmen class held Operation Christmas Child to start spreading the holiday cheer.

November 20, 2014
Men's Tennis Adds 2015 Recruit Tim Handel
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team has added one more piece to the puzzle as head coach Ki Kroll announced the signing of 2015 recruit Tim Handel.

November 10, 2014
NAU Concludes Their Fall Season at the Grand Canyon Invitational
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team wrapped up their fall schedule staying in-state at the Grand Canyon Invitational. This was the final tournament for the Lumberjacks this fall as they competed in five invitationals this year.

November 6, 2014
NAU Men's Tennis Set For Final Fall Tournament
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team closes out their fall schedule staying in the state of Arizona at the Grand Canyon Invite. The tournament takes place from Nov. 7 through Nov. 9 hosted by Grand Canyon University.

November 3, 2014
‘Jacks Shine at UNLV Invite
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis performed very well at the UNLV Fall Easley Invitational where they faced top competition against the University of Arizona, Oregon, UNLV, Boise State, Mesa Community College and Seminole State College.

October 30, 2014
Men’s Tennis Heads Back to Las Vegas for UNLV Invitational
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team is back in action this weekend as they head back to Las Vegas, Nev. for the UNLV Easley Fall Invitational. The Lumberjacks’ last tournament was two weeks ago in Las Vegas at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships.

October 29, 2014
NAU Athletics Posts 85 Percent Graduation Success Rate
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department posted a school-best 85 percent Graduation Success Rate, as released by the NCAA national office Tuesday. It was the highest of the three state universities, and tied for the best in the Big Sky Conference.

October 27, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Spread Message During Red Ribbon Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics participated in the annual Red Ribbon Week throughout the community last week, from Oct. 20-24. A total of 134 student-athletes participated in Red Ribbon Week visiting local schools, speaking with Flagstaff’s youth and interacting with them in athletic activities.

October 21, 2014
NAU Impressive at ITA Mountain Regional Championships
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team had an impressive showing at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships this past weekend where the Lumberjacks had eight wins in singles play.

October 14, 2014
Men's Tennis Heads to Vegas for ITA Mountain Regionals
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team found some success in their previous fall tournament at the University of New Mexico Balloon Invitational and now the Lumberjacks will head to Las Vegas, Nev. for the ITA Mountain Regional Championships.

October 6, 2014
Men’s Tennis Impressive at UNM Balloon Invitational
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team continues to impress early this year as freshman Felix Schumann became the first Lumberjack this fall to take first place in a singles draw as he went 4-0 in the Silver Draw at the University of New Mexico Balloon Invitational. Throughout the weekend, the Lumberjacks picked up 15 victories in singles play, while also winning five doubles matches.

October 3, 2014
Men's Tennis Heads Back to New Mexico
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a successful first tournament two weeks ago at the New Mexico State Fall Invitational, the Northern Arizona men’s tennis team will head back to the state of New Mexico for the University of New Mexico Balloon Invitational. This is the second of five tournaments that the Lumberjacks will compete in this fall.

September 24, 2014
NAU Men's Tennis Impressive at NMSU Fall Invitational
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team is off to a good start after two top-3 finishes at the New Mexico State Fall Invitational.

September 17, 2014
Men’s tennis opens fall schedule at New Mexico State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It is time for the Northern Arizona men’s tennis to take out the rackets as they kick off their 2014 fall schedule in Las Cruces, N.M. at the New Mexico State Fall Invitational.

August 22, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Welcome Incoming Lumberjack Freshmen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.