Taylor Advances to Finals at Men’s Tennis UNM Balloon Fiesta

Taylor Advances to Finals at Men’s Tennis UNM Balloon Fiesta

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Freshman Kevin Taylor won a pair of matches Saturday to advance to the finals of the Singles B-draw, highlighting NAU’s second day of action at the University of New Mexico Balloon Fiesta Invitational. Taylor will play for a title when the tournament concludes on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

In the B-draw quarterfinals, Taylor rallied from a first-set loss to defeat James Tomlin of Air Force, 6-7, 6-0, 6-3. In the semifinals, the Lumberjack freshman faced New Mexico State’s Scott Keaton and claimed a 7-6, 6-3 victory. He will face Conor Berg from the host New Mexico Lobos on Sunday for the B-draw championship.

Northern Arizona sophomore Andrew Reiff advanced to the quarterfinals of the A-draw on Saturday, but dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision to New Mexico’s Ben Dunbar. In singles consolation play, NAU freshman Hugo Ramadier won a pair of matches to advance to a consolation-A final on Sunday. Also playing for a consolation crown will be Ben Lantz and Josh Brown, who both won twice on Saturday and will play each other for the B-Consolation title.

The Lumberjacks had a pair of doubles teams playing in the main draw quarterfinals on Saturday as well, but the pairs of Reiff and sophomore Robin Pezzutto as well as the duo of junior David Flodberg and freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer were both defeated. Both pairs did win consolation matches later Saturday and will face each other on Sunday.

The tournament closes on Sunday, beginning with final doubles matches at 9 a.m. in Albuquerque.

Northern Arizona Results


Ben Dunbar (UNM) d. Andrew Reif (NAU), 6-3, 7-5

Kevin Taylor (NAU) d. James Tomlin (AFA), 6-7, 6-0, 6-3

Kevin Taylor (NAU) d. Scott Keaton (NMSU), 7-6, 6-3

Hugo Ramadier (NAU) d. Daneric Hazelman (NMMI), WD (Inj.)
Hugo Ramadier (NAU) d. Ryan Tommasi (NMSU), 7-6, 6-1
Robin Pezzutto (NAU) d. Taylor Soster (AFA), 6-3, 6-3
Lance Wilhelm (AFA) d. Robin Pezzutto (NAU), 6-2, 6-2
Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU) d. Austin Francis (AFA), 6-1, 7-6
Joe Wood (UNM) d. Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU), 6-2, 6-2
Joe Wood (UNM) d. David Flodberg (NAU), 7-5, 6-2
David Flodberg (NAU) d. Austin Francis (AFA), 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
Calix Van Lier (UNC) d. Andrew Reif (NAU), 6-3, 6-1

Ben Lantz (NAU) d. Conor Buchanan (UNC), 6-1, 3-6, 6-0
Ben Lantz (NAU) d. Luke Salazar (NMSU), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Josh Brown (NAU) d. Francisco Pereira (WNMU), 6-4, 7-6
Josh Brown (NAU) d. Charles Norman (GCC), 7-5, 6-2


Day/Van Lier (UNC) d. Pezzutto/Reif (NAU), 8-3
Hall/Wilhelm (AFA) d. Flodberg/Schimmelbauer (NAU), 8-6

Pezzutto/Reif (NAU) d. Berg/Wood (UNM), 9-7
Flodberg/Schimmelbauer (NAU) d. Barnes/Lodolo (AFA), 8-1
Francis/Katrein (AFA) d. Brown/Ramadier (NAU), 8-4
Norman/Wood (GCC) d. Brown/Ramadier (NAU), 4-1 ret (inj.)
Duran/Keaton (NMSU) d. Lantz/Taylor (NAU), 8-3
Lantz/Taylor (NAU) d. Hazelman/Vicencio (NMMI), WD (inj.)