April 21, 2007
STANFORD - In a match it had to win to keep its hopes of an NCAA regional bid alive, California defeated Stanford, 5-1, Saturday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The Golden Bears second victory over the Cardinal this season gives them a final regular-season record of 14-9, 4-3.
After Stanford (8-16, 2-5) took an early 1-0 lead, Cal came back to win the next five matches. The match-clinching victory occurred on the top court, where junior Pierre Mouillon defeated Matt Bruch, 6-4, 7-5.
'It was a gritty, tough match,' Cal head coach Peter Wright said. 'Pierre had a fantastic day, beating Matt Bruch. It was an amazing, gutsy performance from our guys today. We came into this match looking at it as a must win. We were playing for a spot in the NCAA regionals and hopefully we earned it.'
Freshman Kallim Stewart got Cal on the board with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over David Ryan on the sixth court. Junior Ken Nakahara followed Stewart with an equally impressive victory on the fifth court. Nakahara beat Kevin Kaiser, 6-0, 6-2.
On the No. 3 court, sophomore Eoin Heavey won a close first set over Blake Muller, 7-5. Heavey won the second set decisively, 6-3.
After senior Daniel Sebescen won the first set in his match against Eric McKean, 6-4, he lost the second, 2-6. In the third-set tiebreaker, Sebescen came away with the win in the final match of the day.
Next up for the Bears is the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai from April 26-29. Cal will find out if it received a bid into the NCAA regionals on Tuesday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m.
1. Pierre Mouillon (Cal) d. Matt Bruch (Stan), 6-4, 7-5
2. Richard Wire (Stan) d. Tyler Browne (Cal), 6-3, 6-0
3. Eoin Heavey (Cal) d. Blake Muller (Stan), 7-5, 6-3
4. Daniel Sebescen (Cal) d. Eric McKean (Stan), 6-4, 2-6, 1-0
5. Ken Nakahara (Cal) d. Kevin Kaiser (Stan), 6-0, 6-2
6. Kallim Stewart (Cal) d. David Ryan (Stan), 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish:
2, 6, 5, 3, 1, 4
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