Mens Tennis in Big Sky Final after 4-1 Win over Weber State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The doubles point and three singles wins gave Northern Arizona a 4-1 win over Weber State in the semifinals of the Big Sky Championship, advancing the Lumberjacks to their first Big Sky final since 2001. Sacramento State swept Montana, 4-0, in the other semifinal to advance to face NAU in the championship match on Sunday afternoon.
NAU has not won the Big Sky Championship since 1997, and with a win on Sunday would advance to its first NCAA Tournament in program history. Sacramento State went 7-1 during the Big Sky regular season, with their only loss coming against Northern Arizona in a 6-1 Lumberjack win in Flagstaff on January 21.
The Lumberjacks earned a pair of doubles wins to open action on Saturday en route to avenging a 4-3 loss at Weber State on April 3. Sophomores Andrew Reiff and Robin Pezzutto picked up an 8-4 win at No. 2 to open the action, and an 8-6 win from freshmen Hugo Ramadier and Kevin Taylor at No. 3 gave NAU the first point of the match.
Weber State would strike first in singles play, as Simon Unger upended Reiff at No. 1, 6-3, 6-1. NAU would bounce back at No. 2, where freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer earned an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Weber State's Henning Hipp. Taylor would notch a 6-1 , 7-5 victory at No. 6, putting the Lumberjacks one win away from the team victory. That win would come at No. 5, where junior David Flodberg outlasted Wildcat Cole Patterson, 6-1, 6-4 to seal the victory. Ramadier and Pezzutto were on their way to wins at No. 3 and 4, respectively, as well when the match was clinched and play was stopped.
Both the men's and women's Big Sky Championship final matches will pin Northern Arizona against Sacramento State, with first serve for the men's championship scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday. Live stats for both matches will be available via the above link and at hornetsports.com.