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Men's Tennis Hands Northern Colorado 5-2 Defeat in Big Sky Opener

GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Arizona men's tennis team rode four singles wins plus the doubles point to a 5-2 victory over Northern Colorado at Work Out West on Saturday afternoon. The win evened the Lumberjacks' record to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Big Sky following their second victory in a row.

Senior Robin Pezzutto and junior Shaun Waters earned their first doubles win this season, defeating the Northern Colorado duo of Ben Gendron and Brandon Lupo, 8-5 at No. 1. The Bears would claim the victory at No. 2, but NAU clinched the doubles point when senior Ben Lantz and junior Patrick Schimmelbauer won their third consecutive doubles match, 8-4, at No. 3.

The Lumberjacks then went on and claimed singles victories at No. 2 through 5 to seal their tenth straight win over the Bears. Schimmelbauer played his first match at No. 3 singles this year and he responded with his first singles win of the season in straight sets over Jeff Carlson. Waters won for the third straight match at No. 4 and sophomore Dominic Bermudez and junior Robert Martin each made it two straight singles wins at the No. 2 and 5 spots.

With the win, the Lumberjack men have now won their conference opener in six straight seasons.

They will look to extend their winning streak to three on Sunday at 10 a.m. against Air Force at the USAF Academy. The Falcons defeated fellow Big Sky opponent Portland State, 6-1 on Saturday to improve to 4-1 this season.

Results:

Doubles:

1. Robin Pezzutto/Shaun Waters (NAU) def. Ben Gendron/Brandon Lupo (UNC), 8-5

2. Ryan Lane/Jordan Loughnan (UNC) def. Dominic Bermudez/Robert Martin (NAU), 8-6

3. Ben Lantz/Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU) def. Jeff Carlson/Michael Moya (UNC), 8-4

Order of Finish: (N/A)

Singles:

1. Lupo (UNC) def. Pezzutto (NAU), 3-6, 6-0, 6-2

2. Bermudez (NAU) def. Lane (UNC), 6-1, 6-4

3. Schimmelbauer (NAU) def. Carlson (UNC), 6-4, 6-0

4. Waters (NAU) def. Gendron (UNC), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

5. Martin (NAU) def. Moya (UNC), 6-3, 6-4

6. Andre Lepine (UNC) def. Lantz (NAU), 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)

Order of Finish: (N/A)

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