OGDEN, Utah – Sophomore Dominic Bermudez earned his first all-conference selection of his career when he was named to the All-Big Sky second team on Thursday as voted on by the conference coaches. The honor wraps up a stellar sophomore campaign for the Tucson, Ariz. native as he finished the season as the Northern Arizona men's tennis team's top player.
"We all know how Dom played this year," said director of tennis Kim Bruno. "He was the standout on the men's team all season and it's very well-deserved. He worked hard and competed every single match and he showed he's one of the best players in the Big Sky. He's grown so much as a player the last two years."
After a slow start to the season in which Bermudez went 3-6 in singles play through the Lumberjacks' first nine matches, he finished the season strong by compiling a 9-3 mark the rest of the way. His win against Utah State on March 10 was the first of seven victories in his next eight matches, which included a six-match winning streak over a two-week stretch from March 17-31.
Bermudez ended the season with two consecutive wins, both coming against conference opponents on the road at Eastern Washington and at Portland State, to finish with a team-best 12-9 record. The 12 wins was a career-high after he posted nine victories as a freshman a year ago and it also was three more than the next closest on the team. Even more impressively, Bermudez was 7-1 against Big Sky opponents, serving primarily as the Lumberjacks' No. 3 player in the lineup.
He also notched nine victories in doubles action, including a 6-5 record with junior Patrick Schimmelbauer. Bermudez's nine overall doubles wins ranked him second on the team.
Bermudez will highlight four returning Lumberjacks who will look to get back to the Big Sky Championship tournament following a 6-16 record this season.