TUCSON, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University men's tennis team kicked off its fall campaign this past weekend (Sept. 23-25) at the University of Arizona Invitational. Head Coach Ki Kroll and the Lumberjacks strung together a handful of tough performances in both singles and doubles action as sophomore Ruben Montano won his bracket – notching a perfect 3-0 record – and doubles pair Tim Handel and Sebastian Eguez finished third place in the No. 1 doubles draw.
Northern Arizona competed against in-state foes Grand Canyon University and the University of Arizona in addition to San Diego State, New Mexico State, Mesa Community College and Fresno State. All but one of Montano's matches went to three sets as he defeated NMSU's Eduardo Couto, Fresno State's Bailey Gong and lastly NMSU's Enrique Asmar in the finals by a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Other Lumberjacks who saw the court this weekend, alongside Montano, Handel and Eguez, were freshman David Nguyen, junior Felix Schumann and sophomore Lucas Taylor. Taylor posted the second-best singles record of the weekend with wins over Arizona's Jose Zamorano and Fresno State's Jeremy Moser, but falling to New Mexico State's Sergi Espias in straight sets 6-0, 6-3.
In doubles, Handel and Eguez went 2-1 winning their first two matches against Mesa Community College and New Mexico State. This is the first time the two have been paired together as Eguez is a transfer from Northwood University. The duo fell to NMSU's Christofer Goncalves and Luis Flores in the final round dropping that match 6-4 for a third place finish to close out the weekend.
Northern Arizona will be back in action for its second fall showing at the All-American Championships starting Sept. 30 in Tulsa, Okla.