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Arizona Upsets No. 43 Denver
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/11/2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona men’s tennis team (5-6) won their fourth home match in a row Saturday morning at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Complex as they upset the No. 43 University of Denver (5-4). The Pioneers swept the doubles round and carried a one-point advantage with them into singles play. Luckily for the Wildcats, the bottom of their lineup came up big and propelled them to a win.

 

Juniors Bruno Alcala and Claudio Christen, who typically fills the No. 1 spot for Arizona, exchanged spots at the top of the roster. Neither was successful as Alcala was defeated by nationally ranked No. 19 Adam Holmstrom, and Christen lost a tough three-setter to Nejc Smole. Freshman Ravid Hezi and Peter Zimmer continued to excel at the No. 3 and 4 spots as they won their fourth and fifth matches in a row, respectively. Zimmer was tied with Denver’s Niklas Persson at three-all in the third set when he realized the magnitude of the situation. Alex Labrosse and Christen’s matches had just gone final to even the team score at three apiece, meaning that the outcome of Zimmer’s match would determine the winner of the dual. Both contestants remained on serve until four-all. Zimmer then managed to break Persson’s serve and hold his own to win the match 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. This was the second match this week in which Zimmer clinched the win for Arizona.

 

On Monday, the Wildcats head to San Diego to take on San Diego State University (3-5) at 1 p.m. A win would bring Arizona’s record to .500 for the first time since Jan. 22.

 

Arizona 4, No. 43 Denver 3
Doubles

1. Holmstrom/Persson (D) def. Christen/Hezi (UA) 8-5
2. Smole/Dhatt (D) def. Jason Labrosse/Zimmer (UA) 7-6
3. Kienle/Rosen (D) def. Alcala/Milos Romic (UA) 8-5

Singles

1. No. 19 Adam Holmstrom (D) def. Alcala (UA) 6-0, 6-3
2. Nejc Smole (D) def. Christen (UA) 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4
3. Hezi (UA) def. Timo Kienle (D) 7-6(4), 6-2
4. Zimmer (UA) def. Niklas Persson (D) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
5. J. Labrosse (UA) def. Ravjot Dhatt (D) 6-4, 6-3
6. A. Labrosse (UA) def. Kalle Rosen (D) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

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