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April 24, 2014

Men’s Tennis Faces Northern Colorado in Big Sky Championships

The Matchup

Northern Arizona (12-8, 7-3 Big Sky) vs Northern Colorado (7-8, 5-5 Big Sky)

Date: April 25th (Big Sky Championships April 25-27)

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Site: Gold River, Calif. – Gold River Racquet Club

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's tennis has proved the doubters wrong with a 12-win regular season and now the Lumberjacks go into the Big Sky Championships as the No. 3 seed. In the quarterfinals, the Lumberjacks will go head-to-head against Northern Colorado.

Series History

 This will be the 13th meeting between Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado. NAU is 11-1 against the Bears all-time and the Lumberjacks defeated UNC earlier this year in Flagstaff 6-1.

Coach Kroll Quote of the Week

"To be 12-8 at the end of this season is a huge accomplishment for us. Our team has worked very hard this year and every one of our players has made huge strides. Now we get to go into the conference championships and see how we do. To be where we are at with only five wins from last year's team is a huge achievement and we could not be happier to be in the championships."

Lumberjacks Playing Their Best Tennis

Northern Arizona is riding a five-match winning streak to end the regular season with wins over in-state rival Grand Canyon and the defending Big Sky Champions, Sacramento State. After dropping their first two Big Sky matches of the season, the Lumberjacks have won seven of their last eight conference matches. NAU ended the season on a four-match winning streak in the Big Sky. The Lumberjacks hold a 3-2 record against the teams in the Big Sky Championships.  

The Kroll Effect

Coach Kroll has made an immediate impact in his first season at Northern Arizona and this program has made a complete 180 from last year. The Lumberjacks were picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll and Kroll and the Lumberjacks have proved the doubters wrong as NAU finished the season with a 12-8 overall record. Last year, NAU managed only five wins last season and Kroll changed the attitude of this program and led NAU to seven wins in conference, the most ever in school history.