May 24, 2018

Cid & Cotrone Earn All-American Honors

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All-American Tennis

TULSA, Okla., May 26, 2016 – Roberto Cid was named an All-American for the second time in his illustrious career and Dominic Cotrone earned his first honor as they advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Tournament.

 

To be an All-American, athletes must reach the round of 16, be a top 16 seed in the tournament or finish ranked in the top 20 of the ITA rankings. Cid, who was the No. 2 seed, automatically earned All-American honors at the start of the tournament.

Facing off against Mazen Osama of Alabama, Cid dominated his competition in the first set with an impressive 6-0 victory. Cid served to start the match and picked up three breaks to win the shutout first set.

Set two would prove to be more of a challenge for Cid as both players held serve through the first four games. Cid broke Osama and held serve to take a 5-3 lead, looking to break for the win. The senior would do just that, taking a 6-0, 6-3 victory into the round of 16.

Cid will face the winner of Uros Petronijevic (San Diego) and Axel Alvarez Llamas (Oklahoma) in the next round. Cid defeated Petronijevic earlier this season with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win and was battling in a third set with Llamas when the dual match was ended.

 Cotrone earned his All-American honor by taking down Gabriel Friedrich of South Carolina in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. He is now the second All-American in program history.

Cotrone took an early 1-0 lead in set one, breaking Friedrich, and kept the one-game lead until Friedrich earned a break, tying the match at 4-all. With the match tied at five, Cotrone broke his opponent for the second time in the match, taking a 6-5 lead. The senior held serve, taking set one, 7-5.

In set two, Cotrone jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and commanded most of the match. Friedrich would get back in the game, but Cotrone would break him for a 6-3 win.

While Cotrone was competing in singles, the Bulls had a duo in the doubles competition. Sasha Gozun and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy raced out to a 5-1 lead in their first set before serving for the set and a 6-1 victory. The duo dropped the second set, 6-1, as Denver forced a decisive third set. Denver would ultimately prevail and take the match ending the duo’s season.

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