ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Three Lumberjack men advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective singles flights for the Northern Arizona men's tennis team on Day 1 of the UNM Balloon Fiesta Invitational on Friday. Seniors Robin Pezzutto and Josh Brown and junior Robert Martin will all play in the winner's bracket tomorrow after winning their matches in the round of 16 today.
The Lumberjacks went 4-1 in singles play, with junior Shaun Waters also earning a win in the round of 32. He would later lose to James Hignett of the host New Mexico, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, in the second round.
The Lumberjacks didn't fare as well in the doubles flight with both teams falling in the round of 16 to duos from New Mexico. The pair of Pezzutto and Waters dropped their match, 8-3 to Samir Iftikhar and Matthew Neeld, while the team consisting of Brown and Martin were defeated by Hignett and Ben Dunbar by the same score.
Day 2 of the Balloon Fiesta Invite continues tomorrow in Albuquerque, N.M.
Northern Arizona Results:
Shaun Waters (NAU) def. Alex Luisek (CSU-P), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 (Flight A Round of 32)
Robin Pezzutto (NAU) def. Grant Taylor (USAFA), 7-5, 6-4 (Flight A Round of 16)
James Hignett (UNM) def. Waters (NAU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 (Flight A Round of 16)
Josh Brown (NAU) def. Mike Tope (USAFA), 6-2, 6-4 (Flight B Round of 16)
Robert Martin (NAU) def. Evan Corona-Saunders (UNM), 7-5, 6-3 (Flight B Round of 16)
Iftikhar/Neeld (UNM) def. Pezzutto/Waters (NAU), 8-3 (Round of 16)
Hignett/Dunbar (UNM) def. Brown/Martin (NAU), 8-3 (Round of 16)