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Men’s Tennis Overwhelmed in 7-0 loss to No. 59 New Mexico State

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Facing their highest-ranked opponent of the season, the Lumberjacks were swept in both singles and doubles as No. 59 New Mexico State recorded a 7-0 shutout on Saturday morning in Las Cruces. Playing on the third of four consecutive days of matches in Las Cruces, Northern Arizona dropped to 7-4 while the Aggies moved to 5-3.

New Mexico State jumped to an early lead by sweeping the doubles point. NAU was closest at No. 1, where sophomores Andrew Reiff and Robin Pezzutto were outlasted by NMSU’s Jim Brouleau and Orlando Superlano, 8-6, as the Aggies picked up the first point of the match.

Despite getting swept in singles, the Lumberjacks were able to force a third set in three of six matches. Reiff claimed the second set of his match at No. 1 and almost claimed a third-set tiebreak before Brouleau claimed a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 win. Junior David Flodberg forced three sets at No. 5 before falling 6-1, 6-7, 6-1, while freshman Kevin Taylor won his first set at No. 6 before the Aggies’ Eduardo Salas rallied for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory. Freshman Hugo Ramadier moved to No. 2 singles for the first time this season but had his seven-match winning streak snapped, falling to NMSU junior Arthur Surreaux 6-3, 6-3.

The Lumberjacks play the last of four matches in Las Cruces Sunday morning, facing Idaho, which defeated New Mexico State 4-3 on Friday, at 9 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW…The Northern Arizona University athletics department recorded its highest cumulative grade point average since 1997, recording a 3.16 GPA among its more than 300 student-athletes at the completion of the fall of 2009 semester.