Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men?s Tennis Suffers its First Loss of the Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 27, 2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- It was an intense day of tennis Monday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Four of six matches went three sets along the way to the Gaels of Saint Mary’s College upsetting the No. 48 Arizona Wildcats 4-1.


Junior Bruno Alcala provided Arizona with its first, and only, point of the match by quickly dismantling freshman Andrea Zannoni in straight sets 7-5, 6-1, remaining unbeaten on the season with an overall record of 3-0. The match was leveled at one-apiece after Arizona’s Ravid Hezi was unable to defeat Andre Sion in a match-up of left-handed baseliners at the No. 2 spot.


Breaking the tie was Saint Mary’s Yury Platonov against Francois VanderMerwe. VanderMerwe won the first set 6-3, but then had difficulty capitalizing on points at the net. Platonov consistently executed clean passing shots and top-spin lobs that landed within a foot of the baseline, winning the final two sets 6-0, 6-1.


Junior transfer Joel Kusnierz provided the Gaels with a 3-1 lead as he came back from a set down to upset No. 86 Claudio Christen 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. As the match went final, an interesting scenario developed on the nearby court three.


Tucson native Peter Zimmer was engaged in the most tightly-contested match of the day against another sophomore, Achim Christner. A costly double-fault at eight-all in the tiebreaker allowed Christner to serve out the final point, granting him a one set lead. The second set was equally close, reaching another tiebreaker. In this one, Zimmer fell behind 5-1. During the changeover, Christen’s match went final, which meant if Zimmer lost two more points the team match would be over. In an amazingly clutch performance, Zimmer reeled off 6 points in a row, sending the match into a decisive third set.


At the No. 6 position, freshman Alex Labrosse was attempting to complete his own comeback against senior Adam Fauvre. After dropping the first set 7-5, Labrosse managed to dominate the second 6-0 and even the match. Down 3-0 in the third, Labrosse once again found a way to fight back and level the score at three-all. Fauvre was able to break Labrosse’s serve, however, and secured the victory for Saint Mary’s 6-4.


Zimmer’s match with Christner and the scheduled doubles matches were unable to be completed due to inclement weather.


The Wildcats have the next week off, but will resume action Saturday, Feb. 3. The team will be traveling to Albuquerque, N.M. for matches on back-to-back days against No. 61 Nebraska and New Mexico, respectively.


Saint Mary’s College 4, No. 48 Arizona 1


1. Joel Kusnierz (SMC) def. Christen (UA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2

2. Andre Sion (SMC) def. Hezi (UA) 6-1, 6-4

3. Zimmer (UA) v. Achim Christner (SMC) 6-7(8), 7-6(5), 1-0 (not finished)

4. Alcala (UA) def. Andrea Zannoni (SMC) 7-5, 6-1

5. Yury Platonov (SMC) def. VanderMerwe (UA) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1

6. Adam Fauvre def. A. Labrosse (UA) 7-5, 0-6, 6-4

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