Bruche one win away from main draw at Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 05, 2011 7:20 AM

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Marc Bruche won his second consecutive match in the qualifying stage of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday.

Bruche, who is ranked No. 101 in the nation, rallied from a one-set deficit to defeat Tripper Carleton of Florida, (6-7, 7-5, 6-0). Carleton was ranked No. 69 entering the match.

Bruche will now face James Meredith of Boise State today for a trip to the main draw of the tournament, which will begin Thursday.

Bruche and partner Will Vasos fell in doubles, though. The Hawkeyes lost to Costin Paval and Dane Webb of Oklahoma, 4-8. The Black and Gold pair had defeated the Sooner duo in their first meeting in the fall, an 8-5 decision in the semifinal of the Baylor Invitational.

Iowa head coach Steve Houghton said he has been very impressed with the play of his top two singles players.

"I continue to be very pleased with how Marc and Will are doing, particularly given the fact that they are playing some of the top players in the country," Houghton said in a release.

— by Ryan Murphy

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