Cal Heads To Stanford For Final Dual Match

April 18, 2007


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With a bid for the NCAA regionals possibly on the line, the California men's tennis team heads down the Peninsula to face Stanford at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m. The Cardinal finds itself in the same situation as the Golden Bears, in a do-or-die situation. In addition, Stanford will be out for revenge after getting swept by Cal last month in Berkeley. Following Saturday's contest, Cal heads to Ojai for the Pac-10 Championships from April 26-29.

Stanford (8-15, 2-4) picked up a victory yesterday at home against Pacific. The win snapped a four-match losing streak. The Cardinal's doubles team of Matt Bruch and Blake Muller has climbed up the ITA doubles rankings to eight, despite getting upset against the Tigers yesterday. Muller and Bruch are currently 12-2 with all 14 matches taking place on the top court. Stanford got off to a rocky start with its spring campaign opening 0-6. After winning the next three, the Cardinal then dropped five out of its next six. They currently own a 5-7 record at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. In singles, Richard Wire has amassed a record of 9-4 on the No. 1 court, but his overall dual record is 10-12.

In the final two homes matches at the Hellman Tennis Center, Cal was unable to pick up a victory against No. 8 USC on Friday or No. 10 UCLA on Saturday. The Trojans beat the Bears, 6-1, and the Bruins blanked Cal, 7-0, on Senior Day. Against USC, senior Tyler Browne prevented the sweep with a victory in the last match of the day on the No. 2 court. He beat Dejan Cvetkovic, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. After dropping the first set, Browne rallied from a 5-3 deficit to take the second set. With the third set tied at three, Browne won the next three out of four games to win the set and the match. The Bears didn't go down without a fight as junior Ken Nakahara, sophomore Eoin Heavey and freshman Kallim Stewart all won the first sets in their matches. The next day against UCLA, after the Bruins already clinched the doubles point, Cal won its only match of the day on the second court in doubles. Heavey and sophomore Geoff Chizever knocked off Haythem Abid and Chris Surapol, 9-7. Neither pair held a lead of more than one game. Heavey and Chizever trailed 7-6 before taking the next three games to win the match.

In the first meeting of the season against Stanford, the Bears swept the Cardinal, 7-0, in front of the home crowd at the Hellman Tennis Center on March 10. The win was the fourth victory in Cal's six-match winning streak that ran from Feb. 17-March 24. Five of the six singles victories came in straight sets with the two toughest matches of the day coming on the top two courts. On the No. 1 court, Pierre Mouillon defeated Richard Wire, 7-6, 7-6. On the No. 2 court, Tyler Browne beat Erick McKean, 7-6, 4-6, 1-0. He trailed 5-3 in the first set, but rallied to win the next four out of five games to take the set. After losing the second set, Browne won the third-set tiebreaker to win the match. Freshman Kallim Stewart earned the match-clinching victory with a win over Jeff Zeller, 6-4, 6-4. The first singles win of the day came on the sixth court where junior Ken Nakahara handled Dave Ryan, 6-1, 6-1. The Bears started the day winning two of the three doubles matches. On the No. 1 court, Browne and John Pettit beat Blake Muller, 8-2. Sophomore Geoff Chizever and Heavey wrapped up the doubles point for Cal on the third court, as they defeated McKean and Zeller, 8-4.

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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