Men's Tennis Wins Fourth Straight, Tops Grand Canyon 7-0

Men's Tennis Wins Fourth Straight, Tops Grand Canyon 7-0

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona won every singles match in straight sets and swept doubles in dominating Division-II Grand Canyon, 7-0, Sunday morning at Flagstaff Athletic Club. The Lumberjacks won their fourth consecutive match to improve their Big West-leading record to 6-2 for the season.

“Grand Canyon is not a bad team; they came out and competed harder than a lot of other teams we’ve played,” director of tennis Kim Bruno said. “Our guys just stayed focused and on top of their games and executed very well. We have four really tough matches next week, so having a four-match winning streak gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”

Sophomores Andrew Reiff and Robin Pezzutto played at No. 1 doubles for the first time this season and responded with an 8-0 win, leading a Lumberjacks sweep of doubles to open the match.

Northern Arizona won every set in singles, losing only 15 total games in singles play. The Lumberjacks had two perfect singles matches at No. 5 and 6, as junior David Flodberg and freshman Kevin Taylor, respectively, posted convincing 6-0, 6-0 wins. Freshman Hugo Ramadier moved up to No. 3 and won his fifth consecutive match, while Reiff, Pezzutto and freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer also claimed easy singles wins. The Lumberjacks had three matches (No. 3, 5 and 6) that lasted less than 40 minutes in completing a sweep.

NAU plays four matches in as many days next week in Las Cruces, N.M., starting on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against Texas-Pan American.

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.