Cal Begins Postseason at Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2007


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California (14-9, 4-3) heads to Ojai for the Pac-10 championships this weekend. The Golden Bears are coming off a crucial, 5-1, victory at Stanford last weekend that gave Cal a winning Pac-10 record of 4-3. The Bears find out if they received a bid into the NCAA regionals on Tuesday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m. This weekend the Bears look to gain more momentum, and hopefully a championship, in the conference singles and doubles tournaments. Cal ended the regular season in a three-way tie for third in the Pac-10 with Washington and Arizona State. Competing in the singles main draw for the Bears will be No. 30 Pierre Mouillon, Tyler Browne, Eoin Heavey, and Ken Nakahara. In the doubles main draw, Cal brings two teams (Browne and John Pettit, Geoff Chizever and Heavey).

Pac-10 competition will be held in conjunction with the 107th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. The Pac-10 men will compete at Libbey Park in Ojai for all rounds. The Pac-10 women will play at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27. All semifinal and final matches on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, are at Libbey Park. Matches begin at 8 a.m., with two rounds of singles on opening day. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played on Friday. Semifinals and finals will be held at a time yet to be determined.

Some of the top singles players and doubles pairs Cal will have to contend with are listed below:

Singles -
ARIZONA: No. 122 Claudio Christen, Jr.
ARIZONA STATE: No. 91 Juan Carlos Rebaza, Jr.; No. 118 Matt Brooklyn, Fr.
STANFORD: No. 77 Richard Wire, Fr.
UCLA: No. 4 Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Sr.; No. 27 Haythem Abid, So.; No. 44 Chris Surapol, Sr.
USC: No. 35 Jamil Al-Agba, Sr.; No. 51 Dejan Cvetkovic, Sr.; No. 67 Kaes Van't Hof, Jr.
WASHINGTON: No. 87 Alex Slovic, Sr.

Doubles -
STANFORD: No. 12 Matt Bruch, So./Blake Muller, So.
UCLA: No. 10 Philipp Gruendler, Sr./Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Sr.
USC: No. 60 Dejan Cvetkovic, Sr./Gary Sacks, Fr.
WASHINGTON: No. 59 Daniel Chu, Sr./Alex Slovic, Sr.

The Bears advanced to the semifinals in three tournaments in last year's Pac-10 championships. In singles, Conor Niland reached the semis before falling to Stanford's Matt Bruch in the main draw, while Dean Wallace advanced to the semifinals in the singles invite. The doubles team of Wallace and Lennart Maack also reached the semifinals, before getting ousted by the UCLA tandem of Ben Kohlloeffel and Philipp Gruendler. For the Bears currently on the team, Ken Nakahara advanced to the round of 16 after beating Oregon's Eric Pickard in the first round, 6-3, 6-3. The doubles team of John Pettit and Daniel Sebescen won its first-round match in the doubles draw, knocking off Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic from Washington, 8-5.

For the second time during the 2007 dual season, Cal defeated Stanford, this time by a 5-1 score, last Saturday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Stanford struck first when it won its lone singles match of the day, but Cal came back to win the next five in a row. The match-clinching victory occurred on the top court, where junior Pierre Mouillon defeated Matt Bruch, 6-4, 7-5. Freshman Kallim Stewart earned Cal's first victory, 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, winning the first 10 games. 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. The Bears dominated the Cardinal this year, with a 7-0 sweep in their first encounter on March 10.

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. In the All-American Championships, Mouillon won three times in the qualifying bracket and in the consolation 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.

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