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January 21, 2011

Men’s Tennis Scores 4-3 Win Over UC Riverside in Glendale

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Northern Arizona won the doubles point and claimed three singles wins to get by UC Riverside, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at the Paseo Racquet Club in Glendale. NAU improved to 2-0 on the young season while UC Riverside remained winless at 0-3.

In doubles play, the NAU duo of sophomore Hugo Ramadier and freshman Dominic Bermudez cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 2 while the Highlanders picked up an 8-1 win at No. 3. The doubles point came down to the No. 1 position, where Lumberjack junior Robin Pezzutto and sophomore Patrick Schimmelbauer outlasted UCR's Michael Conroy and Quoc Doan in a tiebreak, 9-8 (8), to give NAU the critical doubles point.

UC Riverside would record singles wins at No. 1 and 2, while at No. 3 Pezzutto rallied for a 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over UC Riverside's Austin Andres. Lumberjack senior David Flodberg dropped a three-set decision at No. 4, but at No. 5, Bermudez cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win. The Lumberjacks would clinch the match at No. 6, where junior Josh Brown recorded his first-career dual victory in a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 comeback over Highlander senior Sean Peterson to give NAU the win.

The Lumberjacks will continue their season-opening road trip on Sunday in Las Vegas, facing their first ranked opponent of the season in a 2 p.m. match against No. 66 UNLV.

DID YOU KNOW…Northern Arizona swimming and diving has been recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for its academic excellence in the classroom. The women earned the Division I Team Scholar All-American award for the fifth time under head coach Andy Johns in 2010.