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February 26, 2010

Ramadier, Taylor Stay Hot as Men's Tennis Falls to Texas-Arlington, 5-2

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Freshmen Hugo Ramadier and Kevin Taylor extended their impressive winning streaks, but Texas-Arlington won the other-four singles matches and the doubles point for a 5-2 victory on Friday morning in Las Cruces. The loss ended Northern Arizona’s five-match winning streak, dropping the Lumberjacks to 7-3, while Texas-Arlington improved to 2-4.

Northern Arizona would open the match dropping two of three doubles matches for the second-consecutive day. The Lumberjacks lone doubles win came at No. 1, where sophomores Andrew Reiff and Robin Pezzutto topped the Mavericks’ Mindaugas Celedinas and Dmitry Minkin, 8-5.

In singles, The Lumberjacks got their first point of the match at No. 3, where Ramadier cruised past Texas-Arlington’s Brieuc Hamon, 6-1, 6-2, for his seventh-consecutive victory to put his season record at 9-1. At No. 6, Taylor would improve his winning streak to five matches, rallying for a 0-6, 7-6 (5), 10-5 win. The Lumberjacks were close to a win at No. 1, but Celedinas outlasted Reiff for a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (11), 10-6 win. Straight-set victories for UTA at No. 2, 4 and 5 clinched the win for the Mavericks.

The Lumberjacks continue play in Las Cruces on Saturday morning, facing No. 59 New Mexico State at 9 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW…Overall, 44 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester, representing 14 of the 15 squads. The soccer team led the department with eight student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA for the semester.