Bears Compete in Pacific Coast Doubles Championships

March 3, 2007

LA JOLLA - The California men's tennis team competed in the 118th Pacific Coast Doubles Championships this weekend in La Jolla, Calif. Four Golden Bear doubles teams competed on Friday and Saturday.

Although these matches don't count towards the ITA rankings, according to Cal head coach Peter Wright, the Bears were working on their doubles skills in this tournament.

Cal's No. 1 doubles team thus far in the spring, seniors Tyler Browne and John Pettit, went 2-1 in the tournament, lasting the furthest of any Bear doubles team. After receiving a first-round bye, they shut out Charlie Farmer and Alex Leeser, 6-0, 6-0. Later in the day on Friday, Browne and Pettit knocked off Steve Adamson and Simon Shen, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Their streak ended Saturday morning when they lost to Jacob Cech and Mirko Zapletal, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

After receiving a bye, the team of sophomore Geoff Chizever and freshman Kallim Stewart won its first match on Friday before losing later that afternoon. The duo beat Jason McNaughton and Andrew Wakefield, 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 6-4. Later in the day, Chizever and Stewart lost to Jeremey Drean and Michael Look, 7-5, 7-6(5).

Sophomore Vaclav Burger and junior Ken Nakahara went 1-1 as well. They beat Ben Harknett and Filip Paroci, 6-4, 6-3. Later on Friday, they lost to Cech and Zapletal, 6-3, 6-2.

Sophomores Nicolai Horgen and Carsten Thorstensen also finished the tournament with a record of 1-1. They beat Bruce Nichols and Clark Rorbach, 6-3, 6-4. In their second match, they fell to Adam Loucks and Garrett Snyder, 6-0, 6-3.

The Bears return to the Hellman Tennis Center Saturday, March 10, when they host Stanford at 1 p.m.

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