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NAU Victory Over UC Riverside in First Match of the Day

Justin Bac
Justin Bac

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Northern Arizona Men's Tennis team started the day out strong against the UC Riverside Highlanders. The Lumberjacks bested the Highlanders 4-0 to kick off today's double header. With an unusual lineup the Lumberjacks were able to dominate on nearly every court. Northern Arizona is now 7-6 overall and 3-0 in conference going into today's second match against Southern Utah.

In doubles, the Lumberjacks switched it up with pairs Sebastian Eguez and Felix Schumann, Lucas Taylor and Tim Handel and Ruben Montano and Justin Bac. NAU's Eguez and Schumann bested UCR's Nabil Abdallah and Tadeas Lansky 6-3 on court one to start the 'Jacks off strong. Then NAU's Taylor and Handel paired for the sixth time this season to clinch the doubles point over UCR 6-2. On court three, Montano paired with Bac, who debuted for the first time this season, in a hard fought battle against UCR's Kyle McCann and Max Cohen. The 'Jacks did not win the third match; however, went into singles 1-0 over the Highlanders.

The Lumberjacks continued to dominate in singles as well, winning the next three matches and clinching the win. Schumann started the 'Jacks off with a strong 6-1, 6-0 win on court three over UCR's Lansky. From there NAU's Handel took on Bridge in a 6-1, 6-1 win on court one. The Lumberjacks clinched the match after Montano came out 6-1, 6-3 against UCR's Abdallah. NAU fought hard on every court and was dominating on courts two and five before the match was clinched. The score was finalized at 4-0 over UC Riverside.

Northern Arizona will continue play this afternoon, in the second match of the day, at 2 p.m. against Southern Utah. The Lumberjacks are looking for their third win of the weekend and another conference win. The match is free for all who attend.

Results

Doubles

  1. Sebastian Eguez/Felix Schumann (NAU) def. Nabil Abdallah/Tadeas Lansky (UCR) 6-3
  2. Lucas Taylor /Tim Handel (NAU) def. Cooper Bridge/Gilbert Chung (UCR) 6-2
  3. Kyle McCann/Max Cohen (UCR) def. Ruben Montano/Justin Bac (NAU) 7-5

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles

  1. Tim Handel (NAU) def. Cooper Bridge (UCR) 6-1, 6-1
  2. Lucas Taylor (NAU) vs. Kyle McCann (UCR) unfinished
  3. Felix Schumann (NAU) def. Tadeas Lansky (UCR) 6-1, 6-0
  4. Ruben Montano (NAU) def. Nabil Abdallah (UCR) 6-1, 6-3
  5. David Nguyen (NAU) vs. Gilbert Chung (UCR) unfinished
  6. Benjamin Van Hout (NAU) vs. Anderson Ju (UCR) unfinished

Order of Finish: 3,1, 4*

*Clinched Match