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Men’s Tennis Adds Nine Wins as Aggie Invitational Concludes

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Junior Robin Pezzutto fell in the final match of the singles B-draw, but NAU won six other singles matches and claimed three doubles wins on the final day of the Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces. The Lumberjacks ended the competition with a combined 20-11 singles record and a 7-7 doubles mark in three days of play.

Pezzutto faced John Strahl of Abilene Christian for the title in the B-draw singles bracket. Strahl rolled to a 6-0 win in the first set before Pezzutto came back for a 6-2 second-set victory. Strahl would bounce back with a 6-2 victory in the fourth set to claim the championship.

In singles consolation play, the Lumberjacks went 6-0 on Sunday with five straight-set victories. NAU also won three of four doubles matches on the day, with the easiest win an 8-3 victory for freshmen Patrick Schimmelbauer and Kevin Taylor.

“Each day we improved our performance on the court and in return got results,” said head coach Kim Bruno. “It was a grueling three days and our men’s team toughed it out and performed well on the last day to leave Las Cruces on a high note.”

The Lumberjacks will return to New Mexico for their next fall tournament, participating in the Balloon Fiesta Invitational, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, October 9-11.


Northern Arizona Results

B-Draw Singles Final

John Strahl (ACU) def. Robin Pezzutto (NAU), 6-0, 2-6, 6-2

Consolation Singles

Andrew Reiff (NAU) def. Luke Hawk (ACU), 1-6, 6-0, 10-7
Hugo Ramadier (NAU) def. Yoeri Van Speybrock (WNMU), 6-0, 6-1
Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU) def. Devin Stroman (WNMU), 7-5, 6-1
Josh Brown (NAU) def. Scott Keaton (NMSU), 7-5, 6-3
Andres Perez (NAU) def. Karl Bein (ACU), 7-5, 6-1
Kevin Taylor (NAU) def. Francisco Pereira (WNMU), 6-2, 6-2

Consolation Doubles

Pezzutto/Ramadier (NAU) def. Lynch/Banuelos (WNMU), 8-4
Brown/Reiff (NAU) def. Duran/Keaton (NMSU), 8-6
Roy/Strahl (ACU) def. Flodberg/Perez (NAU), 8-5
Schimmelbauer/Taylor (NAU) def. Proctor/Campbell (ACU), 8-3