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April 25, 2014

Women’s Tennis Faces Defending Champs in Big Sky Championships

The Matchup

#2 Northern Arizona (9-14, 8-2 Big Sky) vs #3 Sacramento State (9-16, 7-3 Big Sky)

Date: April 26th (Big Sky Championships April 25-27)

Site: Sacramento, Calif. – Gold River Racquet Club

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After receiving a bye in the quarterfinals, the Northern Arizona women's tennis will begin their quest towards a Big Sky Championships in the semifinals against the defending Big Sky Champions, Sacramento State. The Lumberjacks had a historic 6-1 win over the Hornets this season in Flagstaff, ending the 13-year drought. 

Series History

This will be the 25th matchup between Northern Arizona and Sacramento State all-time. The two met earlier this season in Flagstaff and the Lumberjacks ended the 13-year losing skid defeating the Hornets 6-1.

Coach Bruno Quote of the Week

"We are super excited and this is a great opportunity going in as the number two seed. It will be nice to have that bye in the first round, which will allow us to have an extra practice in Sacramento and the girls are ready to go."

NAU Finishes Second in the Big Sky

After a tough non-conference schedule to start out the season, they Lumberjacks have continued to improve throughout the season and Bruno's squad is now playing their best tennis at the tight time.  After starting out the season 2-10, the Lumberjacks completely turned their season around and Northern Arizona ended the season winning seven of their last 11 matches. NAU finished 8-2 in the Big Sky and earned the second seed in the conference.

Tournament Up for Grabs

The Big Sky Championships seem more wide open than ever as the defending Big Sky Champions, Sacramento State, are on a six-match losing streak and go into the tournament as the third seed. NAU holds a 3-2 record against the teams participating in the championships. The Lumberjacks dropped a 4-3 nail biter to the number one seed, Montana, in Flagstaff.