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Carrasco, Embry, Zafiros Travel to ITA All-American
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 30, 2010
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Sept. 30, 2010

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What: D'Novo/ITA Men's Division I All-American Championships

Date: Oct. 2-10

Time: All day

Location: Tulsa, Okla.


TULSA, Okla.--Three Wildcats head to Tulsa, Okla. to compete among the nation's top tennis players in the D'Novo/ITA Division I All-American Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa. Seniors Andres Carrasco and Geoff Embry along with No. 107-ranked Jason Zafiros will compete in the highly anticipated event that begins Oct. 2 and continues through Oct. 10 at the Michael Case Tennis Center.


"This is an opportunity for our guys to compete against the nation's best," said head coach Tad Berkowitz.  "They have been working really hard this past month and they are ready to go."


Embry will start action for the Wildcats on Saturday Oct. 2 in the Pre-Qualifying bracket. He has a bye in the first round of competition and will face Jim Brouleau of New Mexico State in the second round at 12:30 p.m. CT. Embry faced Brouleau in the Crimson Main Draw semifinals at the Aggie Invitational in September. Embry won 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the finals. Carrasco and Zafiros will compete in the Qualifying Draw on Monday, Oct. 4.


Last season at All-American's in the second round of pre-qualifying action Zafiros topped Oklahoma State's Trevor Horstman in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 after having a first round bye. In the third round of pre-qualifying action, Zafiros fell to Tucker Vorster of Ole Miss, 6-3, 6-3.


Carrasco, like Zafiros had a first round bye and then downed SMU's Tobias Flood 6-2, 6-0 in the second round to advance to the third round of pre-qualifying action. In the third round, Carrasco fell in a close third set tiebreaker to Michael Calderone of Western Michigan 10-2 after splitting the first two sets with Calderone 3-6, 6-3.


This season the Wildcats looked strong in their first fall tournament of the year at the Aggie Invitational. Zafiros won the singles main draw title, while Embry finished runner-up in the Crimson Singles Main Draw and in the doubles main draw with Zafiros.


The Arizona Men's Tennis Team Prepares for All-American Championships


There will be six rounds of Pre-qualifying and Qualifying matches over the nine day event. Click here for live stats and video of the action courtesy of the University of Tulsa. 

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