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20070324 Men?s Tennis Falters Against No. 56 Arizona State
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Release: 03/24/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TEMPE</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></B> ? The <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> men&rsquo;s tennis team (5-10) fell behind early and could not catch up in a 6-1 loss to rival No. 56 Arizona State (9-6) Saturday at the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Whiteman</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennis</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place> All of the doubles matches were close, but ultimately <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> was able to sweep and capture a one-point advantage heading into singles.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019">Claudio Christen</A></A> and freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=807640"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=807640">Ravid Hezi</A></A> played No. 1 doubles for the Wildcats, dropping a close match 8-6 to Matt Brooklyn and Wes Miller. ASU&rsquo;s Juan Carlos Rebaza and Nick Hagerty were forced into extra games by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43638"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43638">Jason Labrosse</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020">Peter Zimmer</A></A> before prevailing 9-7. At No. 3, juniors <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014">Bruno Alcala</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80018"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80018">Francois VanderMerwe</A></A> reached a tiebreaker before falling to Sun Devils T.J. Bellama and Murilo Souza.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> topped <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> in five of the six singles matches. The lone Wildcat win came from freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=235320"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=235320">Alex Labrosse</A></A> at the No. 6 spot. Labrosse defeated ASU&rsquo;s Murilo Souza in a match decided by a tiebreaker after the players split the first two sets. Labrosse lost the first set 6-1, before bouncing back and pulling out the second 6-4. Labrosse won the ten-point tiebreaker 10-6 to win the match.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Coming into the dual, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> held a national ranking of No. 56. Next week the Wildcats, currently No. 75, will have the opportunity to avenge two losses from earlier this season as they begin conference play by hosting two matches at home. The action begins on March 30 at 1:30 p.m. as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> takes on No. 61 Stanford, followed by a noon match against No. 38 Cal-Berkeley the next day. Both matches will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Complex.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">No. 56 <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> 6, No. 75 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> 1<BR>Doubles</B><BR>1. Miller/Brooklyn (ASU) def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Christen/Hezi (UA)</B> 8-6<BR>2. Rebaza/Hegarty (ASU) def, <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">J. Labrosse/Zimmer</B> <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">(UA)</B> 9-7<BR>3. Bellama/Souza (ASU) def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Alcala/VanderMerwe</B> <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">(UA)</B> 9-8 (6)<BR style="mso-special-character: line-break"><BR style="mso-special-character: line-break"></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2>Singles<o:p></o:p></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>1. Matt Brooklyn (ASU) def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019">Claudio Christen</A></A></B> <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">(UA) </B>6-4, 6-4<BR>2. Juan Carlos Rebaza (ASU) def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=807640"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=807640">Ravid Hezi</A></A></B> <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">(UA)</B> 6-2, 6-1<BR>3. Wes Miller (ASU) def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014">Bruno Alcala</A></A> (UA</B>) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5<BR>4. T.J. Bellama (ASU) def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43638"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43638">Jason Labrosse</A></A> (UA)</B> 6-2, 6-1<BR>5. Nick Hegarty (ASU) def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020">Peter Zimmer</A></A> (UA)</B> 7-6, 6-4<BR>6. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=235320"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=235320">Alex Labrosse</A></A> (UA)</B> def. Murilo Souza (ASU) 1-6, 6-4 (10-6)</FONT></P>
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