LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After three days of competition, the Northern Arizona men's tennis team finished with solid results at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Championships last week against the top competition in the region. The Lumberjacks were led by senior Shaun Waters, who reached the round of 16 in the singles main draw, as well as the doubles team of senior Patrick Schimmelbauer and junior Dominic Bermudez, who reached the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket.
"We fared really well and we didn't get blown away in any match," said men's tennis assistant coach Joseph Heckley. "We competed in every match and the matches that we lost were close. I think this was a good tournament and we set up our game and did well. It was a good tennis and it was really good to see that in the fall."
Waters posted a team-best record of 3-1 over the tournament as the Lumberjacks recorded a 4-7 mark in singles play as a team. After easy victories over Nevada's Andrew Poustie and Idaho's Matt Oddonetto in the first two rounds, Waters squared off against Boise State's Scott Sears, the 16th-seeded player in the draw, in the third round. He would knock off Sears in a three-set battle which advanced him to the round of 16, where he would face his second straight seeded-opponent. His run would end there though as third-seeded Dmytro Mamedov of Utah handed Waters a straight-set defeat.
"Shaun's singles play was outstanding," Heckley said. "He really stepped up his game and you could tell he wanted it every match. He beat a really solid player from Boise State in a dogfight and then he played a good kid from Utah in the round of 16 who was just a solid player. But I think Shaun played really, really well."
Schimmelbauer picked up the Lumberjacks' only other singles win, moving on to the second round of the main draw by defeating Montana State's Prithiv Sivasubramaniam in his opening match before falling to BYU's Keaton Cullimore. Bermudez and sophomore Kester Black each dropped their first two singles matches in the double-elimination tournament.
In doubles play though, the Lumberjacks posted a 5-3 mark and saw both of their doubles teams advanced to the main draw second round. Bermudez and Schimmelbauer continued their strong doubles play this fall by going 3-1 at the regional championships and improved their fall record together to 5-2. They defeated Weber State's Todd Fought and Sanjay Goswami in a tiebreaker to move to the second round, where they would fall to a pair from BYU. But Bermudez and Schimmelbauer would respond with two victories in the consolation bracket to advance to the quarterfinal round. Black and Waters notched an even 2-2 record, which also included a first round victory in their opening match over BYU's Scott Bohne and Nikki Rae. Their run at the tournament though would end in the consolation third round at the hands of Idaho's Oddonetto and Christobal Ramos.
The Lumberjacks will wrap up their fall schedule in preparation of their spring season next weekend when they compete at the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in Las Vegas from Nov. 2-4.