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Pezzutto Powers Men’s Tennis on Day Two of Aggie Invitational

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Sophomore Robin Pezzutto won two matches on Saturday to advance to the finals of the B-Flight singles draw as Northern Arizona played a total of 21 matches on the second day of the Aggie Invitational. Pezzutto will play for a championship on Sunday, when the season-opening tournament concludes.

In the quarterfinals of the B-draw, Pezzutto cruised past New Mexico State’s Lake Salazar, 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Josh Brown also won in the quarterfinals while freshman Kevin Taylor was defeated.

In the semifinal round, Pezzuttto topped Scott Keaton of New Mexico State, 6-3, 6-4. In the other semifinal match, Brown was defeated by John Stohl of Abilene Christian, who will face Pezzutto for the title on Sunday.

The Jacks won eight of 11 consolation singles matches as well on Saturday, including multiple victories from both Hugo Ramadier and David Flodberg. Additionally, Northern Arizona claimed a pair of doubles wins, with Taylor and freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer as well as Perez and Flodberg teaming for victories.

Head coach Kim Bruno was extremely pleased with the progress her team made after a shaky performance on Friday.

"All our players took it to another level, playing to their potential today, and it was good to see the type of play we are capable of.” said Bruno. "I think we are heading in the right direction after today's efforts. Everyone learned something from yesterday and played better today. It was a brutally hot, long day out there today and the conditions where tough on all the contestants."

Sunday’s finale of the Aggie Invitational begins at 9 a.m.

Northern Arizona Results

B-Flight Singles main draw:

Quarterfinals:
Robin Pezzutto (NAU) def. Luke Salazar (NMSU), 6-1, 6-1
Josh Brown (NAU) def. Camilo Almeida (WNMU), 6-3, 6-0
John Strahl (ACU) def. Kevin Taylor (NAU), 6-3, 6-3

Semifinals:
Robin Pezzutto (NAU) def. Scott Keaton (NMSU), 6-3, 6-4
John Strahl (ACU) def. Josh Brown (NAU), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)


Consolation Singles:
Andres Perez (NAU) def. Roy Dennis (ACU), 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
Eldad Campbell (ACU) def. Andrew Reiff (NAU), 6-1, 6-4
Hugo Ramadier (NAU) def. Armando Morales (NMSU), 6-1, 6-0
David Flodberg (NAU) def. Kyle Lunch (WNMU), 6-2, 6-1
Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU) def. Luke Hawk (ACU), 6-1, 6-1
Alex Johnson (UA) def. Patrick Shimmelbauer (NAU), 6-1, 6-4
Hugo Ramadier (NAU) def. Edlad Campbell (ACU), 6-0, 6-1
Kevin Taylor (NAU) def. Camilo Almeida (WNMU), 7-6, 4-3 (retired)
David Flodberg (NAU) def. Alex Johnson (UA), 6-4, 6-4
Andrew Reiff (NAU) def. Armando Morales (NMSU), 6-3, 6-4
Brett Procter (ACU) def. Andres Perez (NAU), 6-3, 6-1

Consolation Doubles:
Diep/Salas (NMSU) def. Schimmelbauer/Taylor (NAU), 8-0
Hawk/Speybrock (ACU) def. Brown/Reiff (NAU), 9-7
Schimmelbauer/Taylor (NAU) def. Duran/Keaton (NMSU), 8-4
Flodberg/Perez (NAU) def. Almeida/Stroman (WNMU), 8-2
Campbell/Proctor (ACU) def. Brown/Reiff (NAU), 8-6