Two Big Sky titles came back to Flagstaff from the Big Sky Tennis Championship set in Phoenix last weekend with both the men’s and women’s tennis teams winning their second straight title.
The men’s team beat Idaho State 4-0, winning doubles points and singles point to secure the victory.
“The doubles point was the key,” men’s coach Maciej Bogusz said. “We were down five or six matches points at No. 3, and they hung in tight. Chris Steele and Maciej Ziomber played tough and showed a lot of heart, and that was the momentum. Idaho State beat us in doubles the last time, so we talked about wanting to take advantage of doubles and carry that momentum into singles today.”
It will be their second NCAA tournament appearance.
Just after the men’s matches, the women’s team secured their win after senior Madi Moore won four of five singles matches, earning the team their second Big Sky title. The team had an advantage playing at sea level and knew they had to go above and beyond to get the win.
“We have an inside joke now, she is on a clinch streak,” said NAU women’s coach Ewa Bogusz, as Moore wrapped up a win on Senior Day against Grand Canyon University as well as Saturday’s semifinals victory against Portland State. “I say it again for the third time, but what a way for her to finish her conference career now. She has been so resistant to lose, and I love to see it. That’s the Madi I am going to remember.”
This will be the third postseason appearance for the women’s team.
The men’s team will face-off against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, May 8 for the first round. The women’s team will take on the Pepperdine Waves on Friday, May 7.
Live video and stats will be available for the women’s game on Pepperdine’s website and the complete NCAA Tournament bracket can be found online. For more coverage of the NAU women’s tennis team, follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
McKenzie McLoughlin | NAU Communications
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