SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior David Flodberg earned a win at No. 4 singles, but Sacramento State swept doubles and won the remaining singles matches for a 6-1 win over Northern Arizona on Sunday in Sacramento. The loss was the first in conference play for NAU, dropping the Lumberjacks to 2-1 in the Big Sky and 4-10 overall, while the Hornets moved to 10-9 overall and remained perfect in Big Sky play at 6-0.
The match began with a tightly contested doubles competition. At No. 2, Flodberg and junior Robin Pezzutto pushed Sacramento State's Aliaksandr Malko and Jason Smith to a tiebreaker before falling 9-8 (5). The Lumberjack pair of sophomore Hugo Ramadier and freshman Dominic Bermudez would be outlasted at No. 1, 8-6, while the Hornets would add an 8-4 win at No. 3 to take the doubles point.
At No. 4 singles, Flodberg would record the Lumberjacks' only point with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Sacramento State's Josh Lorentzen. NAU sophomore Patrick Schimmelbauer would push Smith to a third set before falling 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 2, while Pezzutto forced a second-set tiebreaker at No. 3 in a 6-3, 7-6 (2) loss. Lumberjack junior Josh Brown would also push his opponent in a 7-5, 6-3 loss at No. 6, while Sacramento State straight-set wins at No. 1 and 5 would complete the 6-1 final.
The Lumberjacks return home for their next three matches, starting next Saturday, April 2, against Northern Colorado at 9 a.m. in Flagstaff Athletic Club East.