Men's Tennis Shows Well In Exhibition With British Universities
Sept. 26, 2007
BERKELEY - The California men's tennis team hosted the British Universities Sports Association foreign tour squad in an exhibition match at Hellman Tennis Complex today. The British squad features some of the top tennis talent amongst six different British Universities and is coached by James Andell from the University of Bath. Sponsored by Barclays, the BUSA touring team is the first step towards qualification to the 2009 World University Games for British players.
The exhibition dual match began with doubles play. Junior Geoff Chizever teamed up with freshman Pedro Zerbini to win their match 6-4 over Tom Pocock and Barry Fulcher. The duo of sophomore Kallim Stewart and freshman Bozhidar Katsarov took their match to the brink but eventually fell to BUSA pair David Culshaw and Matt Leahy 7-6.
In singles play, Kallim Stewart faced off against Alex Miotto on the first court and gave away the middle set but was able to put together two strong sets around it to take the win for the Bears. Freshman Pedro Zerbini put on an inspiring show of workmanship, battling back from two set points in the first to win 7-6. Zerbini then walked through his second set, winning 6-0. In all, Cal won five out of their seven singles matches and three out of the four Cal freshman posted singles victories for the Bears.
California won the exhibition with a score of 6-4 overall but more importantly, the Bears were able to face strong competition in their final tune-up before the All-American Championships. The BUSA squad will face San Francisco and Stanford to conclude their tour before departing the United States on Saturday.
The Golden Bears will participate in the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. (Oct. 2-7) and the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif. (Oct. 5-7) next week.
CAL Geoff Chizever/Pedro Zerbini d. BUSA Tom Pocock/Barry Fulcher 6-4BUSA David Culshaw/Matt Leahy d. CAL Kallim Stewart/Bozhidar Katsarov 7-6BUSA Keith Meisner/Alex Miotto d. CAL Andy Chirita/Nicolai Horgen 6-2
CAL Kallim Stewart d. BUSA Alex Miotto 6-2;3-6;6-1BUSA Tom Pocock d. CAL Jonathan Dahan 3-6;6-3;6-0CAL Ken Nakahara d. BUSA Matt Leahy 6-2;7-5CAL Pedro Zerbini d. BUSA Barry Fulcher 7-6;6-0CAL Bozhidar Katsarov d. BUSA Keith Meisner 6-3;6-2CAL Zach Gilbert d. BUSA Graeme Hood 6-2;6-3BUSA David Culshaw d. CAL Geoff Chizever 7-5;3-6;1-0(8)