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Men's Tennis Rally Comes Up Short at Idaho State

POCATELLO, Idaho – Despite playing Idaho State even in singles action, the Northern Arizona men's tennis team fell to the Bengals, 4-3, on Sunday. The narrow loss was the Lumberjacks' third of the weekend and fourth in a row overall.

Freshman Trevor Unger and junior Shaun Waters got the Lumberjacks' first win at the top doubles spot in four matches, defeating Idaho State's Austin Miller and Charles Norman 8-7 (7-3). The win was Unger's first collegiate victory after making his season debut this weekend.

However, the Lumberjacks could not take the doubles point for the first time since their last team win at Northern Colorado on Feb. 11 as the Bengals took the doubles matches at No. 2 and 3 and the corresponding 1-0 lead in the match.

Senior Robin Pezzutto snapped his seven-match losing streak to open the season and recorded his first singles win of the spring, defeating Norman, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1. NAU also got singles victories from juniors Patrick Schimmelbauer and Robert Martin at No. 4 and 5, but could not get the fourth they needed to secure the victory. Schimmelbauer's three set win over the Bengals' Dan Buckingham was his second of the weekend, and was the only Lumberjack to post multiple wins in their three-match road trip.

Sunday's loss dropped the Lumberjacks' record to 2-6 and 1-2 in conference play. They will be back in action on March 9 with a neutral-site match versus Ball State in the first of three matches in Las Vegas, Nev. from March 9-11.

Results:

Doubles:

1. Trevor Unger/Shaun Waters (NAU) def. Austin Miller/Charles Norman (ISU), 8-7 (7-3)

2. Dan Buckingham/Nate Gross (ISU) def. Dominic Bermudez/Robin Pezzutto (NAU), 8-4

3. Dakota Pate/Krzyzstof Stempien (ISU) def. Ben Lantz/Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU), 8-6

Order of Finish: (N/A)

Singles:

1. Pezzutto (NAU) def. Norman (ISU), 6-3, 6-4

2. Gross (ISU) def. Bermudez (NAU), 6-2, 6-4

3. Stempien (ISU) def. Waters (NAU), 6-2, 7-6

4. Schimmelbauer (NAU) def. Buckingham (ISU), 4-6, 7-6, 6-1

5. Robert Martin (NAU) def. Pate (ISU), 6-3, 6-4

6. Miller (ISU) def. Lantz (NAU), 6-4, 6-3

Order of Finish: (N/A)

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