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Men’s Tennis Defeated by Utah State, 5-2, in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After Northern Arizona claimed the doubles point, Utah State rallied back to win five of six singles matches to claim a 5-2 victory over NAU on Saturday morning in Las Vegas. The Lumberjacks dropped their second-consecutive decision to drop to 2-2 while Utah State improved to 2-3.

After being swept in doubles by UNLV on Friday, the Lumberjacks won two of three doubles tilts on Saturday to grab an early lead. At No. 1, junior David Flodberg and freshman Patrick Schimmelbauer claimed an 8-5 victory over Utah State’s Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant. Sophomore Andrew Reiff and Robin Pezzutto teamed for an 8-3 victory at No. 3 to give NAU the first point of the match.

Singles play would prove more challenging for the Lumberjacks, who’s lone win came at No. 4. In that spot was freshman Hugo Ramadier, who cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over the Aggies’ Alex Thatcher. At No. 1, Reiff forced Asplund to a third-set tiebreak before falling 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (10-7). Also claiming a first-set win was Pezzutto at No. 3 before dropping a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 decision.

“Schimmelbauer and Flodberg played brilliant doubles at No. 1 to clinch the point for us,” said assistant coach Rich Paulosky. “Pezzutto and Reiff won their doubles match as well and were in position to win in singles, which would have given us the match. Hopefully we can pull out a win tomorrow before we head home.”

NAU will close weekend play in Las Vegas with a match against St. Mary’s on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

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