April 24, 2008
OJAI, Calif. - The Arizona mens tennis team sent six players to this weekends Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. On Thursday all six competed in singles play. Claudio Christen, Bruno Alcala, Peter Zimmer and Pat Metham competed in the Championship Singles draw and Ravid Hazi and Nate Cochrane represented Arizona in the Invitational draw.
Christen won his opening round match versus Phillip Kao of Stanford; 7-5, 6-1. Kao was Stanfords regular No. 5 spot player. After his round one win, Christen set his eyes on moving into the quarterfinals. If he were to accomplish that, hed have to beat USCs Jaak Poldma. Christen battled, but ultimately lost out to Poldma; 6-2, 6-2.
Fellow senior Peter Zimmer had the distinction of facing the tournaments top seed, USCs Robert Farah, in the opening round. Zimmer, the Tucson native, took it to the Pac-10s top player, but lost; 6-3, 6-4.
Bruno Alcala was a player who did not want to see his playing days at Arizona end. He was matched up with Nicolas Meister of UCLA in round one. The first set went to Meister after he won the tough tiebreaker point, 7-6 (4). Then in the second set, Alcala lost again in a tiebreaker 7-6. It was definitely a very frustrating match for Alcala, who were be remembered for his tough play all four years for the Wildcats.
In Pat Methams opening round match, he faced Cals top player Kallim Stewart. The 65 New Zealander was beaten in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 by Stewart. Metham can use this experience of the prestigious Ojai tournament when he focuses in as a junior next season.
For tomorrows doubles match-ups, Christen and Alcala will team together and play Washingtons Drabble and Kuharzky while Metham and Hazi play UCLAs Drean and Look.