Men’s tennis win 5-2 against GCU

Daniel Dillon (left) high fives Joachim Schaefer during a tennis doubles match against Grand Canyon University Jan. 30.

The NAU men’s tennis team showed off the strength of their depth Thursday night, as they came away with a win against Grand Canyon University (GCU) 5-2. With both teams retiring matches due to injuries, the stakes rose as the win would come down to some intense singles matches.

“I saw the depth of our team,” NAU head coach Maciej Bogusz said. “We can win on any line, from the top [of the roster] and from the bottom and even the middle and that’s what college tennis is all about. Putting a solid even team together and we have that.”

Junior Eban Straker-Meads and sophomore Facundo Tumosa struggled in a high scoring doubles match, as GCU defeated the pair 6-4 in the first section of the match. The Lumberjacks managed to take the doubles point for the match, winning the other two doubles sets 6-3 and 6-2.

As the singles portion of the match went underway, Straker-Meads would finish the day early as GCU senior Lorenzo Fucile retired the match after losing his first set 6-3. NAU freshman Joachim Schaefer was unable to make it to a second set as well as he retired his match due to a migraine.

Among the commotion, NAU’s younger talent shined with two wins from freshmen Chris Steele and Alex Groves, Steele finishing with a 7-5 set win that would lock in the victory for NAU. Groves took his singles point in a rocky third set to win 6-4 and gave the Lumberjacks their last point on the day.

With the win, NAU is 2-1 on the season and will take on Arizona State University Feb. 1 in Tempe.