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October 16, 2013

Men’s Tennis Wraps Up Play in California and Heads to ITA Championships

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's tennis team wrapped up play last weekend at the UC Santa Barbara Fall Invite where juniors Jordan Gobatie and Kester Black and freshmen Alexandre Locci and Fabio Tomasetti represented the Lumberjacks very well.

Black continues to lead the Lumberjacks during the fall season and had an impressive 3-1 record in singles play, taking third place in his flight.

"Kester had a good tournament with some impressive wins," said head coach Ki Kroll. "He played tough and had a big win in the quarterfinals against Corey Karen from UC Santa Barbara so I am very pleased with the tournament Kester had."

Locci continues to improve his play every week, as the freshman from France won his final two single matches in the invite.

"When you are putting a freshman in the top flight and he is playing the top guys right off the bat, you are asking a lot from a freshman," said Kroll. "Alex keeps improving and he finished strong this past weekend so we believe in him that he can win those big matches."

In doubles play, Tomasetti and Black were paired up together in Santa Barbara while Locci and Gobatie shared the court together. Both teams faced top competition and both squads each picked up a win during the weekend.

"In doubles play we are getting close to figuring out the right combinations," said Kroll. "Individually, each guy on the team is bringing more and more to doubles, so now it is just a matter of matching the right guys with each other."

The men will now head to Las Vegas, Nev. where they will participate in the ITA Mountain Region Championships, beginning on Oct. 16 on the campus of UNLV. Kroll will be taking five players including the four he took to Santa Barbara as well as junior Alan Barrios.

"We will be playing against the best players in our region so I am looking to see how our players handle the pressure," said Kroll. "The key for our players is gaining more experience and more confidence. I want to keep matches close because when you keep matches close, it gives you more opportunities to win."