SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men's tennis team had a rough three days of play as they took part in its third tournament of the fall season this past weekend at the UCSB Classic. The Lumberjack men picked up just two singles wins – both by senior Josh Levinson – and were shutout in the win column in doubles play against competition that included the host UC Santa Barbara, Cal, Nevada, Cal Poly, UC Davis, UC San Diego and Westmont.
"What this weekend showed us is that we have a lot to work on," said men's tennis assistant coach Joseph Heckley. "We're going to work on it in practice and we're going to get better. It's good to have a rough weekend like this in the fall as opposed in the spring when it really counts."
Levinson finished fifth in his flight after compiling a 2-1 record over the weekend. In his first action of the fall, Levinson defeated UC Davis' Adam Levie in his first round Flight C match by a 6-3, 6-4 score on Friday. After dropping his second round match to Naveen Beasley of Cal Poly, Levinson bounced back in the fifth-place match to defeat Nicholas Szyndlar of Westmont in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
"Josh Levinson competed really well this weekend," Heckley said. "He went in and fought and beat a good player from UC Davis and a good NAIA player. He had a winning record for the weekend and he was our standout player."
The remaining NAU trio that made the trip out to Santa Barbara consisting of senior Robert Martin, junior Alan Barrios and sophomore Trevor Unger each went winless in their three respective singles matches. The Lumberjacks also went without a win in doubles play as Barrios and Martin dropped three matches and Levinson and Unger lost both of theirs.
The Lumberjack men will turn around quickly and compete at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships in Las Vegas beginning Wednesday. The regional tournament will run through Sunday at the Darling Tennis Center.