Five of the six singles players for NM State (5-13, 1-2 WAC) lost the first set to dig the Aggies into an early hole. But NM State fought back against the Lumberjacks to send four of the singles matches to a decisive third set.
Senior Matej Stakne trailed 2-1 in the third set before rallying to defeat Shaun Waters of NAU 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot. Stakne's win clinched the Aggies' first team victory since Feb. 5 against No. 54 UNLV.
In the final match of the day, freshman Germain Degardin battled back after trailing 3-6, 3-4 to Northern Arizona's Patrick Schimmelbauer to send the match to a third set. Degardin won the third 6-4.
Freshman Patrick Pfister helped NM State capture the early momentum after a quick 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 singles position. Freshman Eduardo Cabrita won 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot to end NAU's quick start after the Lumberjacks took the Nos. 3 and 6 singles matches.
The Aggies won the doubles point with victories by Marc Westgate/Luis Ramirez at No. 1 and Stakne/Cabrita at No. 3.
NM State will return to action Sunday morning when they host conference foe Idaho (9-13, 0-2 WAC) at 9 a.m. MT.
Northern Arizona at New Mexico State
March 31, 2012 at Las Cruces, N.M.
(NM State Tennis Complex)
New Mexico State 5, Northern Arizona 2
No. 1: Robin Pezzutto (NAU) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2: Matej Stakne (NMSU) def. Shaun Waters (NAU), 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Dominic Bermudez (NAU) def. Luis Ramirez (NMSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
No. 4: Germain Degardin (NMSU) def. Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 5: Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU) def. Robert Martin (NAU), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
No. 6: Patrick Pfister (NMSU) def. Trevor Unger (NAU), 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 6, 3, 5, 2, 4
No. 1: Westgate/Ramirez (NMSU) def. Waters/Unger (NAU), 8-4
No. 2: Schimmelbauer/Bermudez (NAU) def. Degardin/Pfister (NMSU), 8-6
No. 3: Stakne/Cabrita (NMSU) def. Pezzutto/Martin (NAU), 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2