ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ?- Three players from the University of Arizona men’s tennis team traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. this weekend to compete in the UNM Balloon Fiesta Classic. Peter Zimmer and Mitchell Brown both reached the semifinals of the Flight A and Flight B draws, respectively, while freshman Alex Labrosse reached the semifinals of the consolation draw.
Playing in his first tournament of the fall, Labrosse won his first round match 6-2, 6-4 against the Air Force Academy’s Austin Francis. For his second round match Labrosse faced the tournament’s number one seed, Graeme Kassautzki. Labrosse was unable to defeat the sophomore from the University of New Mexico, falling out of the Flight A main draw with a 6-2, 6-3 loss. Labrosse continued through the consolation draw, reaching the semifinals after his first two opponents defaulted. In the semifinal, Labrosse lost a close match to San Diego State’s Anthony Gomez 7-6, 7-5.
This was also the first fall tournament for Brown, a returning junior for the wildcats. Competing in the Flight B draw, Brown came back after losing the first set to defeat New Mexico?'s Jordan Wasden 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. Brown won his next match in straight sets, which carried him into the semifinals where he lost to Kyle Barrett of Northern Colorado University 6-2, 6-0.
Zimmer, who reached the main qualifying draw at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championship last week, came into the tournament seeded second in the Flight A draw. After receiving a bye for the first round, Zimmer defeated Eric Kinsey of Westmont College 6-1, 6-0. In the quarterfinals Zimmer faced New Mexico’s Miles Bugby. The first set reached a tiebreaker before Zimmer pulled away in the second, winning the match 7-6, 6-2. San Diego State’s Achim Ceban was Zimmer’s next opponent in the semifinals. The match was competitive throughout with Ceban coming out on top in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Ceban went on to win the single’s tournament, defeating the top-seeded Kassautzki in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
Zimmer also competed with Labrosse in the doubles tournament. After making it to the semifinals with consecutive victories over teams from Northern Colorado and New Mexico, the Arizona team fell in the semifinals to Keith Cronican and James Tomlin of the Air Force Academy 9-8.
Next weekend the Wildcats will be competing in the Midland Collegiate Championships. The tournament takes place in Midland, Texas, and will last from Oct. 13-15.