Photo Courtesy of Jerek Wolcott
POCATELLO, Idaho – The Northern Arizona men's tennis team traveled to Pocatello to face Idaho State in the Lumberjacks first Big Sky match of the season. Northern Arizona came away with three wins in singles play but doubles play hurt the Lumberjacks as Idaho State was able to pull out the 4-3 win over the Lumberjacks.
"We lost a tough one today but hopefully we can turn things around tomorrow," said head coach Ki Kroll. "We played well at a few positions, unfortunately it was not enough."
Freshman Blaine Mengert saw his first playing time this season on the court and was able to come away with the 6-1, 6-1 win over Idaho State's Cody Miller at the No. 6 position in singles. Junior Alan Barrios also got a win at No. 5 over Bjorn Scheepbouwer in a tough three-set match. Barrios won the first set 6-4 but Scheepbouwer came back in the second set 6-3 to force a third set but Barrios would eventually take the victory with a 10-6 win in the third set. Freshman Fabio Tomasetti also continues to impress this season as he came away with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Austin Miller. Tomasetti's win in his third win in his last four singles matches.
The Bengals were dominate in doubles play against the Lumberjacks as Idaho State was able to win two of the three doubles matches and get the doubles point to start out play. Northern Arizona's lone win came from junior Jordan Gobatie and Mengert as they defeated Cody Miller and Scheepbouwer 6-5.
The Lumberjacks will have a quick turnaround and head to Ogden, Utah to as they face Weber State to close out their first Big Sky road trip of the season. Play will begin at 10 a.m. at the John Edman Tennis Courts.