The Northern Arizona men's tennis team is on the road to face the University of Northern Colorado Saturday and the University of Denver Sunday. The Lumberjacks will be entering the matchups with a record of 6-6 on the season and a record of 3-0 in the conference.
Meanwhile for the Lumberjacks, Tom Fisher earned the conference's player of the week honor after his performances against Montana and Montana State. Fisher was a key component in Northern Arizona's 7-0 win over Montana and a 5-2 win over Montana State.
"We are looking forward to keeping the momentum we have built over the last couple of weeks and can't wait for the opportunities to compete again," Lumberjacks head coach Maciej Bogusz said.
In the two matchups over the weekend, the Lumberjacks went 4-0 in doubles and 10-2 in singles.
In the singles matches, Tim Handel, Facundo Tumosa, Ruben Montano and Fisher all went 2-0, while Lucas Taylor and Chris Steele went 1-1. Handel has been the most consistent player for Northern Arizona, as he is 9-1, a mark that currently leads the Big Sky in wins.
The University of Northern Colorado will be entering the match Saturday with a record of 5-8 on the season and a 1-5 record in Big Sky play, and is on a four-match losing skid.
In singles, the Bears No. 1 player is Kyle Pease, who currently has a record of 5-8 on the season. Although playing mostly the No. 5 singles, Alex Exsted leads UNC in wins with six.
In doubles, Northern Colorado is a combined 15-22 on the season, with its No. 1 pair of Pease and Tommy Smalley having a record of 5-7.
The University of Denver is entering the weekend with a record of 6-6 and is coming off a loss.
In singles, Denver has played both Mattia Ros and Matt Summers at its No. 1 singles. The two have a combined record of 6-5 on the season at the top spot.
In doubles, Denver is 18-10 on the season, with its No. 1 pair of James Davis and Summers having a record of 7-2.
TRACK AND FIELD
The Lumberjacks will be opening the 2019 outdoor season on Friday and Saturday at the Baldy Castillo Invitational hosted by Arizona State University at the Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium.
The Northern Arizona men won the Big Sky Conference title during the 2019 indoor season and also sent three male long-distance runners to NCAA Indoor Nationals. Blaise Ferro was honored as the 2019 Big Sky Indoor Men's Most Valuable Athlete. Ferro won the men's 3000m race at conference championships. Beamish is fresh off of having earned the national championship in the men's mile run.
On the women's side the Jacks placed third at indoor conference championships. Hannah Behunin was crowned as the women's mile run champion and Maggie Carruth also took home a gold medal at conference for her performance in the women's 800-meter run. Jada Jackson also took home some individual hardware after placing second in the women's 60m dash.
SWIM AND DIVE
Christina Torrente finished up her NCAA Zone E Championships with a 26th-place finish on the platform for the Lumberjacks on Wednesday, missing the cut for finals. The senior diver was the lone participant for the Lumberjacks in the event that took place in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex at NAU.
Torrente also finished 34th in the 3-meter dive and 21st in the 1-meter, and scored a 183.90 on the platform.
Torrente will be leaving Northern Arizona with the second-highest 3-meter score in program history and the fifth-highest score on the 1-meter.
Northern Arizona's Tatiana Kurach and Jenny Cheetham finished on Tuesday the finals of the 1-meter diving event in the NCAA Zone E Championships in 11th and 17th place respectively, missing the top-eight cut that moves on to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The four Lumberjacks divers placed in the top 28 out of 62 divers. The Jacks that competed in the 1-meter on Tuesday were Cheetham, Kurach, Christina Torrente and Emily Sharrer. In prelims, Kurach was the top NAU finisher as she placed ninth with a score of 276.10.
In the finals, Kurach ended the event placed 11th overall with a combined score of 545.95, while Cheetham finished in 17th place with a combined score of 511.00.
This event will mark the end of an impressive diving career for Kurach at NAU. During her time at Northern Arizona, the senior has won three WAC Championships and three WAC Diver of the Year awards, while also becoming the second diver in program history to make it to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.