Oct. 29, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ----- UAB junior David Zimmerman won a pair of matches in his division Saturday to advance to the singles final at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational.
After winning his opening round match Friday in the Namath draw, Zimmerman cruised past Furman's Alex Christ, 6-1, 6-2, in quarterfinal round play before ousting Adam Lee of Wake Forest, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the semifinals Saturday afternoon.
Zimmerman will now meet Alabama's Danill Proskura in Sunday's championship match.
Meanwhile, UAB's James Gardner, a first round winner Friday in the Stabler draw, fell in his quarterfinal match to South Alabama's Cody Hall, 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
Zimmerman is the Blazers' still alive after the first two days of action. UAB had a pair of doubles fall in Saturday's second round action in the Crimson draw.
Chris Helliar and Danny Manlow dropped an 8-4 decision to South Alabama's Alex Bernard and Romain Boccaert while the Blazer duo of Zimmerman and Daniel Moser lost to Tulane's Idan Mark and Joe Young, 8-3.
Moser won his first consolation match on Saturday in the Stallings draw as he outlasted Joel Cook of Furman in a marathon, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10-7, before losing in the semifinals to Trpimir Kujundic of Virginia Tech, 6-3, 6-4.
UAB's Lucas Dirube experienced a similar fate as Moser. The Blazer sophomore won his first consolation match in the Musso bracket, taking a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Stephen Crofford of Chattanooga. But Dirube then dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Alex Sajonz of Samford.
Also in consolation play, UAB's Helliar lost a tight battle with David Henry of Memphis, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 11-9, while Manlow was also beaten in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 to Memphis' Cedric DeZutter.