ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Senior Josh Brown continued his strong play on Day 2 of the UNM Balloon Fiesta Invitational by defeating Vinni Lodolo of the US Air Force Academy in the Flight B quarterfinals, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 to reach the semifinals. But his run would end there, falling to Arizona's Robin Chou, 6-4, 6-1. Overall, the Northern Arizona men's tennis team went 2-3 in singles play on Saturday.
Chou also took down junior Robert Martin in the quarterfinal round, 6-1, 6-1. Senior Robin Pezzutto, the squad's third representative in the quarterfinal round of their respective draws, also was defeated. He fell to Ben Dunbar of New Mexico, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Junior Shaun Waters, who lost on Friday, defeated New Mexico State's Eduardo Cabrita by a score of 7-6, 6-0 in the consolation quarterfinals of Flight A.
The Lumberjack men also went 0-2 in doubles play on Day 1, but came back strong on Saturday, going 3-0. The pair of Brown and Martin won two matches to advance to the consolation semifinals, while Pezzutto and Waters won their lone match to also advance to the semifinal round of the consolation bracket.
The Balloon Fiesta wraps up tomorrow with both singles and doubles play. Both Lumberjack doubles pairs will be in action as they try to advance to the consolation finals, while all four Lumberjacks will take part in consolation singles play.
Northern Arizona Results:
Ben Dunbar (UNM) def. Robin Pezzutto (NAU), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 (Flight A Quarterfinals)
Shaun Waters (NAU) def. Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU), 7-6, 6-0 (Flight A Consolation Quarterfinals)
Josh Brown (NAU) def. Vinni Lodolo (USAFA), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (Flight B Quarterfinals)
Robin Chou (UA) def. Robert Martin (NAU), 6-1, 6-1 (Flight B Quarterfinals)
Chou (UA) def. Brown (NAU), 6-4, 6-1 (Flight B Semifinals)
Brown/Martin (NAU) def. Hurtado/Lesiuk (CSU-P), 9-7 (Consolation Round of 16)
Brown/Martin (NAU) def. Chavez/Shrom (CSU-P), 8-5 (Consolation Quarterfinals)
Pezzutto/Waters (NAU) def. Katrien/Lodolo (USAFA), 8-1 (Consolation Quarterfinals)