Cal Returns Home To Face UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 13, 2007


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The California men's tennis team returns to Berkeley after playing on the road the past two weeks. The Golden Bears square off against UC Santa Barbara (1-4) Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. The match will take place at the Berkeley Tennis Club. Cal (3-4) will look for its fourth win of the season and hopes to snap its four-match losing streak. The good news for the Bears is they're a perfect 3-0 in Berkeley this season. After the matchup with the Gauchos, Cal stays in Berkeley to face Arizona and Arizona State the following weekend at the Hellman Tennis Center.

UC Santa Barbara has struggled so far this season. The Gauchos fell to 1-4 last weekend after dropping three matches. No. 18 Boise State breezed by UCSB with a 6-1 victory. The Gauchos then flew to Oregon for their next two matches. They fell to Portland, 6-1, on Saturday and Oregon, 5-2, on Sunday. Injuries have been a problem for UCSB. Two starters were unable to play against Portland, and it was without three starters against the Ducks.

After losing two matches in Los Angeles the week before, Cal lost both of its matches this past weekend in Tulsa, Okla. The Bears lost to No. 19 Texas, 4-3, on Saturday and Tulsa, 5-2, on Sunday. Against the Longhorns, the Bears won three singles matches after losing the doubles point. Junior Pierre Mouillon knocked off Miguel Reyes Varela in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Senior Tyler Browne and sophomore Eoin Heavey both rebounded after losing the first set and won their matches. Browne beat Milan Mihailovic, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, and Heavey defeated Luis Diaz Barriga, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Although Texas took the doubles point, Cal did get one win in doubles. Browne and senior John Pettit beat Varela and Barriga, 8-5. The next day against the Golden Hurricanes, the Bears picked up two singles victories after losing the doubles point. Browne won his third match of the weekend, knocking off Federico Soriano, 6-2, 6-7, 1-0. Freshman Kallim Stewart was the other Cal player to earn a singles win. Stewart rebounded after losing the first set to defeat Diego Camacho, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

After missing most of the fall campaign due to injury, Tyler Browne has had a strong start to the spring season. Although Cal has lost its last four matches, the Bears have seen success from Browne through his first seven dual matches. Last weekend, Browne won three of his four matches in Tulsa, and he has won four of his seven singles matches since returning to action. Browne began the dual season winning two of his first three matches. He defeated Michael Chin from UC Davis on Jan. 27, 6-2, 6-1. Three days later, Browne knocked off Santa Clara's Brian Brogan, 6-0, 6-4.

In three tournaments during the fall campaign, the highlight for Cal was the performance of junior Pierre Mouillon. His 12 singles wins were the most for the Bears. He also advanced the furthest for Cal in the ITA Northwest Regional, (semifinals), and was the only Bear to advance past the first round in the All-American Championships qualifying bracket. Prior to the four wins he picked up in the regional and the six in the championships, Mouillon, a transfer from Mississippi State, also won two of his three matches in the Napa Valley Tennis Classic in September. One of Mouillon's losses this fall was to the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the All-American Championships.

After a slow start to the fall season, Daniel Sebescen and Pierre Mouillon racked up five wins in the ITA Northwest Regional to win the doubles tournament. Their title run culminated with an 8-3 victory over host-Stanford's Blake Muller and Paul Morrissey. The closest match of the weekend for the Bears was their first-round contest with Gabriel Loredo and Hague Van Dillen of Sacramento State. The Hornets fell to the Cal duo, 8-6. Following the opening-round victory, Sebescen and Mouillon then defeated Kevin McQuaid and Blane Shield of Santa Clara, 8-3, in the round of 16. They followed that win with a pair of 8-5 victories over Michael Ricks and Patrick Fischer of Washington and Cal Poly's Matt Raca and Kyle Roybal to send them into the finals.

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