FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After battling for a narrow doubles win, the Lumberjacks posted six singles win to open both their home and Big Sky schedules with a 7-0 whitewash of Portland State on Saturday afternoon in Flagstaff Athletic Club East. NAU improved to 3-9 overall while Portland State dropped to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in Big Sky play.
"Today's win was so important for us in terms of our confidence and starting Big Sky play with a win," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "We've been tight in a lot of matches this season and we haven't played the big points well, but we did it differently today. There were chances where we could have gone down but the guys stepped up."
The doubles point was key to get the Lumberjacks off to a good start. Junior Ben Lantz and sophomore Patrick Schimmelbauer got the NAU attack started with an 8-2 win at No. 3, but the Vikings responded with an 8-5 win at No. 2, leaving the point up to the No. 1 position. Lumberjack sophomore Hugo Ramadier and freshman Dominic Bermudez battled Portland State's Roman Margoulis and Chris Rice into a tiebreak, with NAU emerging with a 9-7 win to take the early lead.
Singles would be dominated by the home team, with the easiest win coming in a 6-2, 6-1 triumph for Bermudez at No. 5. Lantz cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 6, while Ramadier, junior Robin Pezzutto and senior David Flodberg earned straight set wins at No. 1, 3 and 4, respectively. The only match that went three sets was at No. 2, where Schimmelbauer outlasted Viking senior Alex VanDerschelden, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 as the Lumberjacks posted their first sweep of the season.
The Lumberjacks will return to action on Tuesday, March 22, hosting Idaho State at 9 a.m.