LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Sophomore Dominic Bermudez highlighted four NAU men's tennis players who were in action in the team's first Fall tournament of the season at the Aggie Invitational this weekend. Bermudez went 3-2 overall in singles play making the consolation finals before having to retire due to injury to New Mexico State's Luis Ramirez.
"Overall I saw some good stuff, but we still have a lot of work to do," said NAU director of tennis Kim Bruno. "I brought some of the new players and they were a little stunned by the level of competition. It gave us a good idea of where we need to go in practice. The standout was Dominic Bermudez in terms of his attitude, the way he carried himself and the way he competed. He played spectacular this weekend and his results show that."
Junior Patrick Schimmelbauer went 1-3 in singles play, who along with Bermudez, won his first singles match to advance to the main Crimson draw round of 16. Two newcomers, junior transfer Shaun Waters and freshman Steven Say, made their debuts as Lumberjacks at the tournament rounding out the NAU lineup. Waters went 2-2 in singles play and Say went 1-3 in his first collegiate action.
In doubles action, the team of Schimmelbauer and Waters advanced to the back Crimson draw finals but lost to the duo of James Hignett and Sammy Iffikhar from New Mexico. Schimmelbauer and Waters played three matches as a team and went 1-2 during the weekend. Bermudez and Say paired up in the other Lumberjack doubles team and also went 1-2.
The men's team heads to Las Vegas, Nev. for the UNLV Fall Invitational this weekend from Sept. 16-18 for their second tournament of the Fall schedule.
Northern Arizona Results:
Dominic Bermudez (3-2):
Def. Mitch McDanields (UNM) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 (Main Crimson Draw Round of 32)
Lost to Felipe Frattini (NMSU) 4-6, 1-6 (Main Crimson Draw Round of 16)
Def. Frank Chen (UA) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 (Consolation 1 Quarterfinals)
Def. Carlos Bermudez (UA) 6-1, 7-6 (Consolation 1 Semifinals)
Lost to Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 6-7, 1-3, Retired Injury (Consolation Finals)
Shaun Waters (2-2):
Lost to Rodrigo Almeida (WNM) 2-6, 1-6 (Main Crimson Draw Round of 32)
Def. Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU) 6-3, 6-2 (Back Crimson Draw Round of 16)
Lost to Marc Westgate (NMSU) 2-6, 6-7 (Back Crimson Draw Quarterfinals)
Def. Justin Romero (WNM) 6-2, 6-1
Patrick Schimmelbauer (1-3):
Def. Cody McCarty (ACU) 6-3, 6-1 (Main Crimson Draw Round of 32)
Lost to Mads Hegelund (UNM) 2-6, 6-7 (Main Crimson Draw Round of 16)
Lost to Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 3-6, 2-6 (Consolation 1 Quarterfinals)
Lost to Paul Denele (NMSU), 7-5, 4-6, 3-6
Steven Say (1-3):
Lost to Paul Denele (NMSU) 4-6, 5-7 (Main Crimson Draw Round of 32)
Lost to John Strahl (ACU) 3-6, 5-7 (Back Crimson Draw Round of 16)
Def. Kyle Plum (ACU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 (Consolation Semifinals)
Lost to Alvaro Nunez (WNM) 1-6, 6-3, 2-6 (Consolation Finals)
Patrick Schimmelbauer/Shaun Waters (1-2):
Lost to Hans Hach/Nick Plum (ACU) 7-9 (Main Crimson Draw Round of 16)
Def. John Strahl/Alfredo Desiati (ACU) 8-2 (Back Crimson Draw Semifinals)
Lost to James Hignett/Sammy Iftikhar (UNM) 8-9 (Back Crimson Draw Finals)
Dominic Bermudez/Steven Say (1-2):
Lost to Marc Westgate/Germain Degardin (NMSU) 3-8 (Main Crimson Draw Round of 16)
Lost to Kyle Plum/Cody McCarty (ACU) 4-8 (Back Crimson Draw Quarterfinals)
Def. Mario Urquidi/Frank Chen (UA) 8-5 (Consolation 1 Semifinals)