Tennis Teams Pick Up Fall Play This Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona tennis teams return to action this weekend fresh off appearances at their respective USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Championships. The men's team will conclude its fall season at the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in Las Vegas while the women's team will compete at the UNM Fall Invite in Albuquerque, N.M. Both tournaments will run from Nov. 2-4.
The Lumberjack men contingent will be comprised of senior Josh Levinson, juniors Dominic Bermudez and Alan Barrios and freshman Sarp Laleli. Bermudez will be making his third appearance of the fall after posting a 1-4 singles record in his first two tournaments this semester at the Balloon Fiesta Invitational and the Mountain Regional Championships. Barrios will also play in his third tournament of the fall season as he has posted a 2-5 singles mark thus far at the Aggie Invitational and UCSB Classic. This weekend will be the second tournaments for Levinson and Laleli as Levinson posted a 2-1 record at the UCSB Classic and Laleli went 1-4 at the Aggie Invitational. For Levinson, a Las Vegas native, this weekend will also serve as a sendoff for him as he is wrapping up his career with graduation approaching at the end of the semester.
"We're still looking to see the same success that Dom brought last spring," said director of tennis Kim Bruno. "He's coming around and he just needs a couple more matches. Sarp has shown a ton of potential in practice and we haven't seen him since the first tournament of the fall. Josh is coming off a great tournament and really this will a nice way to end his time at NAU since he's graduating in December and he'll be in his hometown. As for Alan, we're just trying to get him used to this level of competition."
As for the Lumberjack women, they will send seniors Nicole Perez and Alice Walker, junior Tatum Rochin and freshman Jordan Denesik to Albuquerque in the women's team's second to last tournament of the fall. Perez, last season's primary No. 5 player, will be making her fall debut as will Denesik, who recently joined the team earlier this fall. Walker and Rochin have not competed since the Aggie Invitational in mid-September. Rochin, making her NAU debut after transferring from Pima Community College, compiled an impressive 3-1 record in her first tournament, while Walker notched a 2-3 mark.
"Nicole unfortunately has had some injuries, so we're looking forward to seeing her back in action," Bruno said. "After seeing Tatum play in Las Cruces, we want to see if she can compete at a higher level of competition this weekend. Alice just needs to get more matches under her belt; the more matches she plays, the better she'll be for us in the spring. With Jordan, she's an unknown for us. She's been a good addition and she's been doing good at practice."
For complete daily results, nauathletics.com will provide results for both teams at the end of each day's competition throughout the weekend.