DENVER, Colo. ?- Three of Arizona men’s tennis players, Daniel Andrus, Jason Labrosse, and Francois VanderMerwe, traveled to Denver to compete in the Denver Fall Championships this weekend. Labrosse and VanderMerwe competed in the flight B singles bracket and on Sunday they found themselves going head to head in the finals. Labrosse defeated his teammate in three closely contested sets, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, to take the flight.
To set up the all Arizona final, both VanderMerwe and Labrosse won their first three matches. VanderMerwe finished the tournament 3-1 in the singles bracket. Fellow Wildcat, Labrosse ended the weekend with a 4-0 singles record.
For VanderMerwe, this was not his only finals match. He also reached the doubles finals, paired with Andrus before Denver’s Adam Holmstrom and Niklas Persson defeated the pair, 8-4. Holmstrom and Persson are ranked #25 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings. The Arizona pair compiled a 3-1 record over the weekend.
Andrus also competed in the singles bracket but in flight A. He fell to Eric Conklin of the University of New Mexico, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the round of 32. In the first round of the consolation bracket, Colorado’s Eric Molnar defeated Andrus in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. So far this fall, Andrus has a 2-4 record.
Arizona’s Roger Matalonga will compete next for Arizona in the All American Championships Oct. 6-9.
Singles Flight A (Round of 32)
Conklin, Eric (New Mexico) def Andrus, Daniel (UA) 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
Singles Flight A Consolation (Round 1)
Molnar, Eric (Colorado) def Andrus, Daniel (UA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Singles Flight B (Round of 16)
Labrosse, Jason (UA) def Nipic, Aljosa (Denver) 6-1, 6-4
VanderMerwe, Francois (UA) def Mascall, Dan (Utah) 6-2, 7-6
Singles Flight B (Quarterfinals)
Labrosse, Jason (UA) def Yap, Jason (Utah) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
VanderMerwe, Francois (UA) def Lau, Justin (U.S. Air Force Academy) 6-2, 7-6
Singles Flight B (Semifinals)
Labrosse, Jason (UA) def Chizever, Geoffrey (Colorado) 6-1, 6-4
VanderMerwe, Francois (UA) def Hancock, Wes (Utah) 6-1, 6-4
Singles Flight B (Finals)
Doubles (Round of 16)
Andrus/VanderMerwe (UA) def Bjork/Yemm (Colorado) 8-4
Andrus/VanderMerwe (UA) def Clow/Jones (Nebraska) 8-6
Andrus/VanderMerwe (UA) def Coutts/Yap (Utah) 8-5
#25 Holmstrom/Persson (Denver) def Andrus/VanderMerwe (UA) 8-4