Cal Travels to the Pacific Northwest To Continue Pac-10 Play

April 4, 2007


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The California men's tennis team continues its long road trip this weekend. The Golden Bears head to Washington on Friday, April 6, at 1 p.m. and Oregon on Saturday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. The following weekend, the Golden Bears return to Berkeley for their final two home matches of the season, against No. 9 USC on Friday, April 13, and No. 10 UCLA on Saturday, April 14. Cal (11-7, 1-1) split two matches in the desert last weekend, knocking off Arizona last Saturday.

Washington (12-5, 0-2) dropped its first two conference matches at USC and UCLA last weekend. Prior to the tough weekend in Los Angeles, the Huskies were on a three-match winning streak. The home courts have been very kind to Washington. The Huskies are undefeated in Seattle, posting a home record of 10-0. The success at home will help the Huskies down the stretch as four of their last five matches will be played in Seattle. Oregon (9-9, 0-2) finishes the regular season playing its last five matches at home. The showdown against the Bears will be the second match in the homestand. Oregon, like Washington, lost to UCLA and USC last weekend. The Ducks will try to snap a three-match losing streak this weekend. They'll get their first attempt to get back in the win column aganst Stanford on Friday. After knocking off San Diego State on Feb. 24, Oregon has only won one match, a 5-2 victory over Eastern Washington on March 17.

After dropping a close 4-3 decision to Arizona State last Friday in Tempe, Ariz., Cal came back the next day to defeat Arizona in Tucson by the same score. The victory was the first for the Bears in conference play this spring. In singles, Cal took four of the six matches to earn the victory. Junior Ken Nakahara stayed red hot, notching another victory. He beat Ravid Hezi in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, on the third court. On the No. 2 court, sophomore Eoin Heavey won a hard-fought match against Bruno Alcala, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4. Freshman Kallim Stewart and sophomore Geoff Chizever also earned straight-set victories. Chizever beat Peter Zimmer on the fifth court, 6-3, 6-2. Stewart beat Alex Labrosse on the sixth court, 6-4, 6-3. Nakahara and Stewart also recorded victories against the Sun Devils.

Ken Nakahara has been an important factor in Cal's success this season. The junior is on a 11-match winning streak. Last weekend, he picked up two wins in the desert. Nakahara beat Arizona's Ravid Hezi in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, and ASU's Wes Miller, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Nakahara's winning streak dates back to Feb. 17 when he helped Cal beat UC Santa Barbara, as he beat Grant Robertson, 6-0, 6-1. He was the only Bear to win all three of his singles matches in the Aloha Invitational. Before his victory in the final match against Hawaii, he secured the only point for Cal against Pepperdine, a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mahmoud Kamel. Against San Diego State, he knocked off Robert Sabo, 6-2, 6-4. He picked up two wins in Pebble Beach three weeks ago. Against SMU, he won in straight sets with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Adolfo Solares. The following day against USF, he recorded a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Asaf Cohen on the fifth court. His quick victory against Stanford on March 10 helped keep the momentum in Cal's favor, as it swept Stanford, 7-0.

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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