Bruche Reaches Finals Match At Wildcat Invitational

Oct. 17, 2010

EVANSTON, Illinois —The University of Iowa men’s tennis team wrapped up their second day of the Wildcat Fall Invitational, winning six singles matches and one doubles match as a team. Junior Marc Bruche, Iowa’s No. 1 singles player, picked up his sixth and seventh wins of the season en route to the finals match.

Bruche took care of business in the quarterfinals against Marquette’s Otavio Perim, winning 6-2, 6-2 to advance. In the semifinals, Bruche survived an intense match with Northwestern’s Andrew McCarthy. Bruche claimed a 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (2) victory, and will play Sunday in the finals of Flight A against Sidarth Balaji of Northwestern.

Nikita Zotov picked up his first win of the season for the Hawkeyes, defeating the Wildcat’s Chris Jackman 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (9) in another nail-bitter on the Flight A consolation bracket. Zotov was upended by Michael Calderone in the following match. Jeroen Gortworst also picked up a victory on the consolation side, beating Purdue’s Matt Manassee 6-3, 6-4 before falling in the next round.

Both Jonas Dierckx and Mitch Beckert dropped their first match of the tournament in their Flight B quarterfinals match, however, both prevailed in their following matches on the consolation side. Dierckx defeated Wisconsin’s Alex Robles 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (4), and Beckert beat Wisconsin’s Alexander Teppert 7-6, 6-1 as well. Dierckx will face Teppert while Beckert will match up with Robles on the consolation side tomorrow.

Iowa’s doubles tandem of Bruche and Dierckx lost their first match of the tournament in the Flight A doubles semifinals to Marquette’s Otavio Perim/Thibaul Troude. On the consolation side, Zotov and Gortworst notched a hard fought victory over Teppert/Robles, winning 8-5. Finals matches will be played tomorrow starting at 8:00 a.m.

Flight A QuarterfinalsMarc Bruche (Iowa) def. Perim (UM) 6-2, 6-2Flight A SemifinalsMarc Bruche (Iowa) def. Andrew McCarthy (NU) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (2)Flight A ConsolationsNikita Zotov (Iowa) def. Chris Jackman (NU) 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (9)Michael Calderone (WMU) def. Nikita Zotov (Iowa)Flight B QuarterfinalsGeorge Chanturia (DePaul) def. Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) 6-0, 6-2Bartosz Jozwiak (DePaul) def. Mitch Beckert (Iowa) 6-3, 6-1Flight B ConsolationsJeroen Gortworst (Iowa) def. Manassee (UP) 6-3, 6-4Schwerin (MU) def. Jeroen Gortworst (Iowa) 6-1, 6-3Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) def. Robles (Wis) 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (4)Mitch Beckert (Iowa) def. Teppert (Wis) 7-6, 6-1Flight A Doubles SemifinalsPerim/Troude (UM) def. Marc Bruche/Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) 8-5Flight A Doubles ConsolationsNikita Zotov/Jeroen Gortworst (Iowa) def. Teppert/Robles (Wis) 8-5Hartman/Chanturia (DePaul) def. Manasse (PU)/Beckert (Iowa) 8-4=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>