Shorthanded Men’s Tennis Blanked by Texas-San Antonio, 7-0
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – With sophomore Hugo Ramadier and junior Robin Pezzutto unable to play due to food poisoning, Northern Arizona was forced to default a singles and doubles match and dropped the remaining matches in a 7-0 loss to Texas-San Antonio on Sunday in Las Cruces. The Lumberjacks dropped to 2-7 with the Roadrunners moving to 3-4.
With just five healthy players, the Lumberjacks were forced to default the No. 3 doubles match, meaning that the team had to sweep two matches to earn the doubles point. Junior Josh Brown and sophomore Patrick Schimmelbauer battled to an 8-6 defeat at No. 1, while the Roadrunners notched an 8-4 win at No. 2 to take the early lead.
In singles play, Schimmelbauer assumed Ramadier's spot atop the Lumberjack lineup and dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to UTSA's Martin Ayala. The Roadrunners would add straight-set wins at No. 2 and 3 and also picked up a win at No. 4, as Brown was outlasted by Roadrunner senior Max Stratmann, 6-4, 7-6 (5). The closest match came at No. 5, where Lumberjack junior Ben Lantz took the first set before falling, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 1-0 (10-7), while a default win for Texas-San Antonio at No. 6 gave the Roadrunners a 7-0 win.
Northern Arizona will return to the state of New Mexico next Saturday for a doubleheader against Abilene Christian and New Mexico in Albuquerque.