ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Northern Arizona went a combined 10-2 in singles play and 5-2 in doubles, advancing six singles players and two doubles teams into the quarterfinals after Friday's opening rounds of the Balloon Fiesta Invitational in Albuquerque. Joining NAU and host New Mexico are players from New Mexico State, Air Force, Northern Colorado, Denver, Western New Mexico and New Mexico Military Institute.
In the Flight A singles draw, NAU sophomores Patrick Schimmelbauer and Hugo Ramadier each received first round byes. In the second round, Schimmelbauer defeated Alex Lineberry of Air Force while Ramadier topped Joe Wood of New Mexico, advancing both Lumberjacks into Saturday's quarterfinal round. Junior Robin Pezzutto and senior David Flodberg each won first round matches but fell in the second round.
The Lumberjacks were a perfect 6-0 in Flight B singles matches, with junior Ben Lantz and freshman Dominic Bermudez each winning two matches to move to the quarterfinals. Junior Josh Brown and freshman Bruno Ferreira had first-round byes and each won second round matches to advance, as NAU will have four of the eight players in the Flight B quarterfinal round on Saturday.
A pair of Lumberjack doubles teams also advanced to the quarterfinal round. The duo of Ferreira and Ramadier as well the pair of Bermudez and Lantz each won twice to move into the quarterfinal round of eight. Brown and Schimmelbauer also claimed a doubles win before falling in the second round.
Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, as well as consolation matches, will be played when action resumes on Saturday.
Northern Arizona Results
Singles Flight A
Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU) def. Alex Lineberry (AFA), 6-3, 6-4
Hugo Ramadier (NAU) def. Joe Wood (UNM), 6-2, 6-1
Robin Pezzutto (NAU) def. Jeff Carlson (UNC), 6-4, 6-1
Lucas Marin-Salcedo (AFA) def. Robin Pezzutto (NAU), 6-3, 4-6, 7-6
David Flodberg (NAU) def. Varun Gunaseelan (DU), 6-4, 6-2
Orlando Superlano (NMSU) def. David Flodberg (NAU), 7-5, 6-1
Singles Flight B
Ben Lantz (NAU) def. Justin Romero (WNMU), 6-0, 6-4
Ben Lantz (NAU) def. Simon Hegelund (UNM), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Josh Brown (NAU) def. Mike Tope (AFA), 6-0, 6-2
Dominic Bermudez (NAU) def. Jean Benoit-Berlin (WNMU), 6-2, 7-5
Dominic Bermudez (NAU) def. Yang Yang (NMMI), 6-1, 6-2
Bruno Ferreira (NAU) def. Andre Lepine (UNC), 6-1, 6-4
Ferreira/Ramadier (NAU) def. Day/Moya (UNC), 8-2
Ferreira/Ramadier (NAU) def. Rizvi/Young (AFA), 8-4
Bermudez/Lantz (NAU) def. Lineberry/Marin-Salcedo (AFA), 8-5
Bermudez/Lantz (NAU) def. Morales/Stakne (NMSU), 8-4
Brown/Schimmelbauer (NAU) def. Yang/Zelinka (NMMI), 8-1
Anderson/Phillips (UNM) def. Brown/Schimmelbauer (NAU), 8-2
O'Connell/Pineda (NMMI) def. Flodberg/Pezzutto (NAU), 8-4