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February 5, 2011

Men’s Tennis Stumbles in 6-1 Loss to Pacific in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. – Northern Arizona junior Josh Brown recorded the only point for the Lumberjacks as Pacific took the doubles point and five singles matches for a 6-1 win over NAU on Saturday in Tucson. The Lumberjacks dropped to 2-3 on the season while the Tigers won their first match of the year to move to 1-4.

Doubles was tightly contested, with NAU senior David Flodberg and junior Robin Pezzutto claiming an 8-2 win at No. 3 and Pacific scoring an 8-2 win at No. 2. The doubles point came down to the No. 1 match, where Pacific's Ivan Castro and Alex Golding outlasted Lumberjack sophomore Hugo Ramadier and freshman Dominic Bermudez, 9-8, to give the Tigers the first point of the match.

Pacific would take the momentum from their doubles win into singles play, claiming straight-set victories at No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 to clinch the match. Brown improved his team-best singles record to 4-1 on the season with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Pacific sophomore Lance Dugan at No. 6. Ramadier forced a third set at No. 1, but eventually fell to Castro, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, for a 6-1 final tally for the Tigers.

The Lumberjacks will close their weekend at noon Sunday against No. 42 Arizona.