FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A match with No. 59 New Mexico State
highlights a challenging stretch for Northern Arizona of four
matches in as many days Thursday-Sunday in Las Cruces, N.M. The
Lumberjacks have won their last four matches and are 6-2 on the
year, though they are just 1-2 in matches at lower elevation. This
weekend will be a great test for NAU away from high altitude,
opening with Texas-Pan American on Thursday followed by a date with
Texas-Arlington on Friday, the home standing Aggies on Saturday,
and concluding with Idaho on Sunday, with all matches to be played
at the NMSU Tennis Center.
“We’re going to have to play well, one through six, in all of the matches,” director of tennis Kim Bruno said. “I’m very excited to see how we compete on that surface and at lower altitude. We will need to make the adjustment to playing outdoors as well. This will be a good test for us.”
Northern Arizona Quick Hits
The Lumberjacks dominated Division-II Grand Canyon, 7-0, in Flagstaff in their only match last week…NAU has played on three-consecutive days (in Las Vegas, Jan. 29-31) and on two-consecutive days (at Force and Northern Colorado, Feb. 13-14) earlier this season…Freshman Hugo Ramadier is a team-best 7-1 in singles this season at No. 3 and 4 and is tied with Eastern Washington’s Fernando Mussolini for the most wins in the Big Sky…Junior David Flodberg also has only one loss this season (5-1), joining Ramadier as two of four Big Sky players with just one loss for the season (min. four matches)…Sophomore Andrew Reiff has the best record at No. 1 singles (5-2) in the Big Sky (min. four matches)…Reiff and sophomore Robin Pezzutto are 7-1 at No. 1 and 3 doubles, easily the best doubles mark in the conference (min. four matches)…Montana is the only other Big Sky team with a winning overall record (2-1)…Montana is also the only other undefeated Big Sky team in conference, though they have only played one Big Sky match (1-0).
Scouting Texas-Pan American
The Broncos, who play in the Southland Conference, are 0-5 for the season, having last competed individually in the ITF Futures Tournament last week. Texas-Pan American does not have its first home match of the season until March 29, but so far has not left the state of Texas in five road matches. The Broncos will face Western New Mexico and New Mexico State in addition to NAU while in Las Cruces.
Junior Aswin Vijayaragavan, the 2009 Southland Player of the Year, is 3-2 playing exclusively at No. 1 singles for UTPA and is the only Bronco with a winning singles record for the season. Northern Arizona has never played Texas-Pan American in men’s tennis, as the Broncos are the only first-time opponent on the NAU schedule this season.
Also from the Southland Conference, the Mavericks are 1-4 on the year, with their lone win coming at home in a 7-0 victory over Division-II Cameron University. Texas-Arlington has only played one road match so far this season, a 7-0 loss last week at Baylor. Senior Dmitry Minkin and Sophomore Mindaugas Celedinas hold down the No. 1 and 2 singles spots, respectively, for UTA.
The Mavericks also play New Mexico State and Western New Mexico while in Las Cruces. Northern Arizona is 0-2 all-time against Texas-Arlington, including a 5-2 loss to the Mavericks last season in Sacramento.
Scouting New Mexico State
The Aggies upset then-No. 57 New Mexico, 4-3, last Sunday for their first win over their in-state rivals in 10 years, elevating New Mexico State from No. 72 to No. 59 in this week’s ITA national rankings. The win improved the Aggies’ season record to 4-2, though the match was the first at home for NMSU this season. The Aggies will face WAC conference mate Idaho on Friday, NAU and Texas Pan American on Saturday, and Texas-Arlington on Sunday in hosting the busy weekend of tennis.
Junior Jim Brouleau leads New Mexico State at No. 1 singles. Northern Arizona is just 4-19 all-time against the Aggies, including 7-0 shutouts during the last-two seasons. The teams have met every year since 2001, with the last NAU win coming in a 4-3 triumph in 2005.
NAU ends a quartet of matches on Sunday against Idaho, which enters the week with the best record amongst the teams competing in Las Cruces at 9-4. The Vandals have defeated two Big Sky teams, Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington, already this season and also have a 4-3 win over then-No. 74 UNLV. Junior Lachlan Reed has won his last-three matches in leading Idaho at No. 1 singles.
The Lumberjacks are in impressive 11-4 all-time against WAC member Idaho. The Vandals won the last meeting between the schools, however, 5-2 in 2008.
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April 25, 2010 Mens Tennis Falls in Big Sky Final to Sacramento State, 4-0
April 24, 2010 Mens Tennis in Big Sky Final after 4-1 Win over Weber State
April 22, 2010 Mens Tennis to Open Big Sky Championship vs. Weber State
April 10, 2010 Mens Tennis Rallies to Beat Eastern Washington, 4-3
April 9, 2010 Men's Tennis Opens Road Trip With 7-0 Route of Gonzaga
April 4, 2010 Mens Tennis Rebounds to Defeat Idaho State, 5-2
April 3, 2010 Mens Tennis Drops Big Sky Match at Weber State, 4-3
March 28, 2010 Men's Tennis Blanked by New Mexico, 7-0
March 26, 2010 Tennis Teams Volunteering Time to Help Youth Development
March 12, 2010 Montana Rallies to Defeat Men's Tennis, 4-3
March 11, 2010 Mens Tennis to Host Montana in Home Finale Friday
February 28, 2010 Bad Weather Cancels Men's and Women's Tennis in Las Cruces
February 27, 2010 Mens Tennis Overwhelmed in 7-0 loss to No. 59 New Mexico State
February 26, 2010 Ramadier, Taylor Stay Hot as Men's Tennis Falls to Texas-Arlington, 5-2
February 25, 2010 Mens Tennis Battles Back to Top Texas-Pan American, 4-3
February 24, 2010 Mens Tennis to Face No. 59 New Mexico St., Three Others in Las Cruces
February 23, 2010 Winter Olympics Close to Home for Mens Tennis Freshman Taylor
February 21, 2010 Men's Tennis Wins Fourth Straight, Tops Grand Canyon 7-0
February 19, 2010 Mens Tennis Back Home to Host Grand Canyon Sunday
February 14, 2010 Mens Tennis Stays Perfect in Big Sky, Blasts Northern Colorado 7-0
February 13, 2010 Mens Tennis Opens Weekend With 5-2 Win Over Air Force
February 12, 2010 Mens Tennis Heads to Colorado for Two Matches; Media Guide Available
January 31, 2010 Mens Tennis Rallies to Beat St. Marys, 4-3
January 30, 2010 Mens Tennis Defeated by Utah State, 5-2, in Las Vegas
January 29, 2010 Reiff Lone Winner as Mens Tennis Falls to No. 75 UNLV, 6-1
January 27, 2010 Golovics, Reiff Sweep Big Sky Weekly Tennis Awards
January 23, 2010 Mens Tennis Completes Perfect Week with 7-0 Sweep of Montana State
January 21, 2010 Mens Tennis Upsets Sacramento State in Season Opener, 6-1
January 20, 2010 Mens Tennis to Open Season Thursday; Match Moved to Noon
January 12, 2010 Women Picked Second, Men Sixth in Big Sky Tennis Preseason Polls
October 31, 2009 Mens Tennis Ends Fall Season at Rebel Classic
October 30, 2009 Mens Tennis Plays with Tough Field in Rebel Classic Opening Day
October 23, 2009 Mens Tennis Concludes Play at ITA Regional in Vegas
October 22, 2009 Schimmelbauer Shines For Mens Tennis in ITA Regional Day Two
October 21, 2009 Reiff Leads Mens Tennis on First Day of ITA Regional
October 11, 2009 Mens Tennis Wins Five Matches on Final Day of UNM Balloon Fiesta
October 10, 2009 Taylor Advances to Finals at Mens Tennis UNM Balloon Fiesta
October 9, 2009 Mens Tennis Competes in Busy First Day at UNM Balloon Invite
September 13, 2009 Mens Tennis Adds Nine Wins as Aggie Invitational Concludes
September 12, 2009 Pezzutto Powers Mens Tennis on Day Two of Aggie Invitational
September 11, 2009 Mens Tennis Opens Fall Season at Aggie Invitational
September 9, 2009 Mens Tennis to Open Fall Schedule at Aggie Invitational
September 1, 2009 NAU Tennis to Host Fundraiser This Saturday