OGDEN, Utah – Sophomore Hugo Ramadier earned his first All-Big Sky first team honor, while senior David Flodberg made the second team and junior Robin Pezzutto was named honorable mention on the 2011 Big Sky men's tennis All-Conference team. The Lumberjacks received three All-Big Sky selections for the second-consecutive season, equaling their most season honors since 2005. Sacramento State's Kiryl Harbatsiuk, ranked No. 27 nationally, was named league MVP for the third-straight season.
"This goes to show everyone that hard work pays off," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "Starting the season the way we did and turning things around really showed how hard these guys worked. They completely deserve these honors and we are very proud."
After being named to the All-Conference second team as a freshman, Ramadier moved up to the No. 1 singles and doubles positions this season in leading NAU back to the Big Sky championship final. The Rome, Italy native went 6-2 at No. 1 singles in Big Sky play while teaming with freshman Dominic Bermudez to go 4-3 in the conference at No. 1 doubles. He was named Big Sky Player of the Week on March 23, and last Sunday forced Harbatsiuk to a third set at the No. 1 singles match in the conference final, the first time all season a Big Sky player won a set against the three-time league MVP.
Flodberg concluded his outstanding Lumberjack career with his third All-Big Sky honor and his initial second team selection. He was the only Lumberjack to reach double-digit singles wins this season, finishing with 11- including NAU's only victory against the Hornets in the Big Sky final. The Gothenburg, Sweden native also went 7-1 in regular season Big Sky singles play and had a team-best 9-5 season doubles record with Pezzutto. In addition to his doubles record, Pezzutto went 6-2 in Big Sky singles play and finished with nine overall singles wins on the season in earning his first-career All-Conference honor.
After starting the season 2-9, NAU rallied to win seven of its next-nine matches to advance to the Big Sky championship final for the second-consecutive season. Flodberg will be the only senior leaving the program.