ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona University men's tennis team finished out its third fall showing of the 2016 campaign this weekend, Oct. 7-9, at the University of New Mexico Balloon Invitational. Newcomer Sebastian Eguez posted the best singles record of 4-0, finishing first in his flight, while Harun Ajanovic finished third place and 2-2 overall. Head Coach Ki Kroll and the Lumberjacks went head-to-head with four other programs in New Mexico State, University of New Mexico, Air Force Academy and Abilene Christian University.
Along with Eguez and Ajanovic, sophomore Thomas Fisher, freshman David Nguyen and juniors Felix Schumann and Adi Zilberstein also competed in Albuquerque. The 'Jacks combined for a total of nine singles victories and six doubles wins, with Zilberstein and Fisher finishing with a team-best 3-1 doubles record.
Eguez did not drop a solo match (4-0) as he ousted UNM's Sean Baklini on day one in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 before notching two wins on Saturday, Oct. 8 and his final win on Sunday, Oct. 9. The Santa Cruz, Bolivia native took down Abilene Christian's Paul Domanski, NMSU's Stijn DeHaan and finally Air Force Academy's Luke Sanderson on day three. All of Eguez's matches went to three sets.
Ajanovic had the next best singles record (2-2) for the Lumberjacks as he won his first two matches before falling to NMSU's Enrique Asmar and AFA's Matt Ghering. The junior dropped just one point versus New Mexico State's Simon D'Alfonso – 6-1, 6-0 – and later turned around to beat Abilene Christian's Jackson Fine in three sets 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.
In doubles action, all three pairs won at least one match. Zilberstein and Fisher dropped their first contest on Friday, Oct. 7, but strung together three straight wins to close out the weekend. The duo earned their first win over Air Force Academy, 6-3, before besting New Mexico State and Abilene Christian by scores of 7-6 and 6-3, respectively.
Next up for Northern Arizona will be the ITA Mountain Regionals Oct. 19-23 in Las Vegas, Nev.