GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men's tennis team never gave up in any match when they were down this season and today was no different in the Big Sky Championship quarterfinals. After trailing 1-0 after doubles play, the Lumberjacks fought back sweeping singles against Northern Colorado and NAU moves on to the semifinals with a 4-1 win over the Bears.
"I am extremely happy with our performance today," said head coach Ki Kroll. "This sets us up for a matchup tomorrow with Montana and we are ready to go."
Black got the Lumberjacks are on the scoreboard with a win on the No. 4 court over Eric Schuermans. The native of Scotland was dominate in his performance on the big stage as he took care of Schuermans in two sets by a score of 6-0, 6-1 to tie the match at 1-1.
The Lumberjacks grabbed the lead when Tomasetti won on the No. 3 court and Northern Arizona never let go of the lead. Tomasetti defeated Austin Mayo 6-3, 6-1 to put NAU up 2-1. Locci followed Tomasetti's performance with a tough three-set match win. Locci took the first set over Ben Gendron 6-2 but UNC's Gendron bounced back in the second set 6-3 to force a third set. With a chance for UNC to tie the match at 2-2, Locci extended NAU's lead to two with a 6-1 win in the third set.
Sealing the win for Northern Arizona was Gobatie on the No. 2 court as he defeated Mitchel Knight 6-4 in the first set. Gobatie put the exclamation point on the quarterfinal win with a 6-0 win in the second set to send the Lumberjacks to the semifinals.
NAU will now face the No. 2 seed in the tournament, Montana at 2 p.m. on Saturday. NAU and the Griz faced off in Sedona this season and Montana came away with the 6-1 victory.
1. LOCCI, Alexandre/GOBATIE, Jordan (NAU) def. GENDRON, Ben/MAYO, Austin (UNC) 8-7
2. CARLSON, Jeff/LOUGHNAN, Jordan (UNC) def. UNGER, Trevor/TOMASETTI, Fabio (NAU) 8-5
3. SCHUERMANS, Eric/SHELDON, Jacob (UNC) def. BLACK, Kester/BARRIOS, Alan (NAU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
1. LOCCI, Alexandre (NAU) def. GENDRON, Ben (UNC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
2. GOBATIE, Jordan (NAU) def. KNIGHT, Mitchel (UNC) 6-4, 6-0
3. TOMASETTI, Fabio (NAU) def. MAYO, Austin (UNC) 6-3, 6-1
4. BLACK, Kester (NAU) def. SCHUERMANS, Eric (UNC) 6-0, 6-1
5. CARLSON, Jeff (UNC) vs. UNGER, Trevor (NAU) no result
6. MOYA, Michael (UNC) vs. BARRIOS, Alan (NAU) no result
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1, 2