Northern Arizona University safety Taylor Malenfant has been invited to participate at the Seattle Seahawks NFL combine in Seattle today.
Malenfant, a safety for the Lumberjacks who graduated from Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, will compete at the combine set to take place at the Seahawks training facility at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.
Malenfant showed good measurables at NAU's pro day in early March with a 40-inch vertical leap and a 4.5 second run in the 40-yard dash.
NAU's men's tennis team swept its way through St. Cloud State on Friday to snap its eight-match losing streak with a 9-0 win at the Fitness Evolution Tennis Center. The Lumberjacks' first victory since a 4-2 win over Western New Mexico on Feb. 3 moved their record to 3-12 overall and gives them some momentum heading into their Big Sky contest against North Dakota today.
"The guys played really well and really took care of business," men's tennis assistant coach Joseph Heckley said. "They capitalized on big points and played consistent. It all started with winning the doubles point. This gives us confidence going into our conference match tomorrow."
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For the third time in five matches, the Lumberjacks jumped out of the gate with a doubles point win. The No. 2 NAU pair of senior Patrick Schimmelbauer and junior Dominic Bermudez claimed an easy 8-1 win over Matheus Aching and Jeremy Thompson to improve to a team-best 5-1 in doubles play.
The two remaining Lumberjack doubles teams recorded identical 8-3 victories to give the team their second sweep of doubles play of the season and coincidentally their first since their Western New Mexico victory.
Leading the charge in singles play were senior Shaun Waters and sophomore Kester Black, who both notched easy 6-0, 6-1 wins at No. 2 and 4 singles, respectively. Schimmelbauer and Bermudez also notched straight-set wins of their own at the No. 1 and 3 positions, respectively, before senior Robert Martin and sophomore Trevor Unger closed out the match with one pro set wins at the final two spots.
The Lumberjacks' nine-match blanking of the Huskies without dropping a match in both doubles play and singles play was the team's first such team win since their 7-0 home win over Northern Colorado on April 2, 2011.
With its losing skid in the rear view mirror, NAU hopes to make it two in a row today and pick up its first conference win of the season in the process when they travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to play North Dakota. UND in its first season in the Big Sky Conference is 1-7 overall and 0-4 in conference play. The Lumberjacks are 0-2 in the conference. Play will start at 7 a.m. at UND's Center Court Fitness Club.
NAU's women's tennis team kicked off its weekend with its third-straight 7-0 win as it shut out St. Cloud State on Friday in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Lumberjacks were dominant once again as they saw their record climb over to the plus side of .500 for the first time this spring, improving to 9-8 this season. They are now one win shy of their program-best eighth-consecutive double-digit win campaign.
"It was great to get a match under our belt heading into North Dakota," director of tennis Kim Bruno said. "They were a solid Division II team and tomorrow we'll have to up our level a little bit but I'm happy that we came out on top today. We're just excited to play again (today)."
The Lumberjacks was a perfect 18-for-18 between both doubles and singles in their 7-0 wins over Portland State and Valparaiso on Sunday and continued their streak on Friday in winning all eight matches. It all began in doubles play as NAU registered a pair of 8-0 shutouts at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Seniors Alice Pacaut and Malia Wahinepio earned their 11th win in their last 12 matches at No. 3 before seniors Ghizelene Doballah and Nicole Perez clinched the doubles point at No. 2 with their third-consecutive win.
While the two NAU pairs were competing in doubles play, sophomore Johanna Vang and junior Tatum Rochin were engaged in singles competition and rolled their way to a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 2 and 6 singles, respectively. Vang and Rochin's victories were two of four NAU wins of the 6-0, 6-0 variety over its St. Cloud State counterparts as Pacaut and Perez both won without dropping a game either, while Wahinepio won at No. 3, 6-0, 6-3. Doballah capped off the Lumberjack sweep with a tough three-set victory at the top position. After the Huskies' Cassandra Brown took the first set, Doballah fought back to win the final two sets to complete NAU's perfect day.
NAU, 2-1 in Big Sky play, will aim for their second-consecutive conference win and fourth consecutive win overall today when it plays North Dakota at 7 a.m. in Grand Forks, N.D. The match between UND and the Lumberjacks will be the first all-time meeting between the two programs.
Editor's Note: NAU's Sports Information Department contributed to this roundup