LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After the success Northern Arizona University men's tennis player Tim Handel had last season in his rookie campaign, the Vegas odds were surely tipped in his favor this weekend at the annual ITA Mountain Regional Championships. Handel along with Felix Schumann both tallied wins against seeded opponents, with Handel seeded at No. 17 and making it all the way to the main draw quarterfinals to finish 4-1 in singles. Schumann posted a 2-2 singles record with his biggest victory coming over a No. 9 seed.
Sebastian Eguez, Lucas Taylor, Handel and Schumann combined for 10 singles victories over the weekend. Eguez's wins came over Ignacio Tejerina from Big Sky foe University of Montana and University of Denver's Zach Fryer. Both of his wins came down to three sets as the Santa Cruz, Bolivia native took down Tejerina 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 and ousted Fryer 6-3, 6-7 (10-2) for his final win of the weekend in the consolation bracket.
Taylor also put together a strong weekend finishing 2-2 and winning his first match in the main draw Round of 128. He defeated Stijn DeHaan from New Mexico State 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, dropped his second match in the main draw Round of 64 and bounced back to best UNLV's Adam Gage-Brown in straight sets. Handel also won his first match of the weekend in the main draw before cruising his way to the quarterfinals where he fell to the No. 9 seed Kai Wehnelt from Utah State 6-3, 7-6. The sophomore's biggest win, to qualify for the Round of 16, was over the No. 6 seed, also from Utah State, Jaime Barajas.
Schumann was paired against a No. 9 seed right out of the gates and started his weekend off on a high note. The junior beat Utah State's Jonas Maier in three sets by a final score of 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 before dropping his second match in the main draw Round of 64 to UNLV's Courtney Lock. Schumann's second win of the weekend came over Denver's Jesse Ruder Hook.
In doubles, Handel and sophomore Thomas Fisher won their first match in the main draw versus the University of Denver before falling to the No. 8 seed New Mexico State. The duo then rattled off three straight wins in the consolation bracket over Boise State, Nevada and UNLV. Doubles pair Eguez and Taylor also finished the three-day trip in Las Vegas with three doubles wins overall.