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Arizona Men?s Tennis Completes First Fall Tournament
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 18, 2006
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COSTA MESA, Calif. ?- The University of Arizona men’s tennis team wrapped up its first tournament of the fall season as Bruno Alcala lost in the third round of the qualifying draw at the Costa Mesa Futures.


“This tournament was a good opportunity for the guys to get out and play against top-level competition.” said UA assistant coach Tom Lloyd. “It lets them know what they need to work on, and what they should be looking forward to. It’s a good start.”


An unfortunate coincidence formed throughout the weekend as two of Arizona’s players, Francois VanderMerwe and Claudio Christen, lost three set matches each after winning the first set. Alcala continued that trend on Sunday in a loss to Nima Roshan.


Alcala, a junior, continued his stellar play from the earlier rounds and competed well against the sixth-seeded Roshan, an ATP professional. Alcala captured the first set, 6-4, and earned himself many opportunities to break in the second. Roshan began to find his rhythm, however, and eventually gained enough momentum to win the final two sets of the match 6-3, 6-0.


“There was improvement in Bruno’s game throughout the week so there is no reason to be discouraged,” added Lloyd.


Next up for the Wildcats is the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championship in Tulsa, Okla., which begins Sept. 30.



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