No. 1 singles player Tim Handel sealed a 4-3 win for Northern Arizona over San Diego State University on Sunday. The win pushed NAU to a 2-2 record overall and SDSU to a 2-3 record on the season.
"We had a great weekend in San Diego," NAU head coach Maciej Bogusz said. "Every trip where you are able to bring almost all the players on the team is super fun. This is a very close group of guys, and the chemistry starts showing during our matches. I am very proud of the way we compete, our team is extremely deep, and we can win matches at any spot, which is our biggest strength.
"This win was a total team effort against a very talented SDSU team. We will celebrate the win and get back to practice courts after a day off."
The Lumberjacks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against the Aztecs by taking the doubles point. NAU's No. 1 doubles pair fell 6-2, but the No. 2 and No. 3 pairs came up with wins to give the Jacks the point. The No. 2 team was made up Chris Steele and Tom Fisher, who took down Jan Kirchhoff and Ignacio Martinezof SDSU by a score of 6-2. The No. 3 duos for Northern Arizona sealed the first point for the Lumberjacks when Lucas Taylor and Facundo Tumosa beat Nicholas Mitchell and Fabian Roensdorf 6-4.
The Lumberjacks pushed their lead to 2-0 whenTumosa, No. 5 singles player, started off singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over San Diego State's Rafael Gonzalez Almazan.
The Jacks continued to swap points with the Aztecs as NAU's No. 6 singles player Montano won his point with a score of 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. The win pushed the score to 3-1, and the Lumberjacks were just one point away from taking home their second win. Unfortunately, Northern Arizona fell in its next two singles matches to drop to a score of 3-3. The match would all come down to the No. 1 singles player for each team.
Handel came up clutch as he took down Roensdorf of SDSU with a score of 7-5, 6-7, 6-0.
The men's tennis team will head to Lafayette, La. this Friday for the Cajun Invite.
Utah State claimed a hard-fought doubles point and the Northern Arizona women's tennis team could not completely rally in a 4-2 loss on Sunday. The loss was NAU's first at home in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex since 2016.
"It's tough any time you lose the doubles point, but that's not an excuse," said head coach Ewa Bogusz. "We expected that (Utah State) would be tough and we expected a fight, and I'm not sure we believed we could come back today. If we want to win these types of matches in the future, we have to be on the same page and leave it out on the court."
The Aggies ended the Lumberjacks' home win streak at 23 matches by holding off the Jacks (3-4) in singles play. After NAU tied the match at 2-2 with consecutive wins by junior Chiara Tomasetti and freshman Emilie Haakansson, Utah State quickly clinched the match in rapid succession on courts three and five.
Tomasetti and freshman Adrianna Sosnowska got NAU off on the right foot by handing Utah State's Hannah Jones and Alexandra Taylor their first doubles loss of the season, 6-3, at No. 1. However, Utah State rallied to snag tightly contested 7-5 wins at No. 2 and 3 and the corresponding doubles point.
The Aggies immediately held a 2-0 advantage with the doubles point and an uncontested win at No. 6 singles, but the Jacks answered with a pair of singles wins to even the match. Tomasetti put NAU on the board with another convincing singles victory at No. 1 versus Jones by a 6-0, 6-2 score. Haakansson then knocked off Taylor, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 4.
With NAU owning the momentum, Utah State snatched it away immediately by winning on court five to move within a point of the road win. The Aggies would clinch the match at No. 3 with both of their final two singles wins coming in straight sets.
At the time of clinching, sophomore Ellie Millard was on the verge of NAU's third singles victory at No. 2. Millard took the first set, 6-2, against Alexandra Pisareva and was leading the second set, 5-4.
Next up for the Lumberjacks is a single match in Las Vegas versus UNLV on Thursday at 11 a.m.