Men's Tennis Takes Two Pair Into Semifinal At Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional

Oct. 15, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. - The California men's tennis team will take two duos into the semifinal round of the 2007 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Tournament at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, Wash. The Golden Bears landed all four doubles teams in Monday's quarterfinals, and were able to win two of the rounds' matches. Singles competition was not as kind to the Bears with freshman Bozhidar Katsarov eliminated in the semifinal as the last Cal player standing.

Freshman Pedro Zerbini and junior Geoff Chizever held off Stanford's Kevin Kaiser and Jeff Zeller in their quarterfinal match, winning the 8-6 decision. Seeded third in the doubles bracket, the duo of freshman Jonathan Dahan and senior Pierre Mouillon will also advance to Tuesday's semifinal after winning 8-4 against Washington's Patrik Fischer and Tobi Obenaus. Katsarov and sophomore Kallim Stewart put up a struggle against the top-seeded doubles team before being turned away 8-5 by Stanford's Ted Kelly and Blake Muller in the doubles quarterfinal. Freshman Zach Gilbert and senior Ken Nakahara were never able to get into a rhythm, falling 8-1 to Stanford's Richard Wire and Gregory Hirshman.

In singles play, Katsarov defeated Washington's Tobi Obenaus 6-0, 6-1 to meet fourth-seeded Andy Kuharszky, also from Washington, in the semifinal. The only unseeded player in the field left in contention, Katsarov dropped the first set 6-2 and took the second set to a tie-breaker before bowing out. Kuharszky advanced to the semifinal by defeating another Cal freshman, Pedro Zerbini in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Kallim Stewart was unable to continue his hot hand in the quarterfinal, falling to Stanford's Richard Wire 6-4, 6-4.

Play concludes on Tuesday with a 9 a.m. start and includes doubles semifinal and finals matches and the singles finals. Both singles finalists and the doubles champion earn the right to advance directly to the ITA National Indoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 1-4.

For complete draw information and results, visit GoHuskies.com and go to the men's tennis page.

Singles Quarterfinals
Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal) def. Tobi Obenaus (Wash), 6-0, 6-1
(4) Andy Kuharszky (Wash) def. (9-16) Pedro Zerbini (Cal), 6-4, 6-4
(2) Richard Wire (Stan) def. (9-16) Kallim Stewart (Cal), 6-4, 6-4

Singles Semifinals
(4) Andy Kuharszky (Wash) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal), 6-2, 7-6 (2)

Doubles Quarterfinals
(1) Kelly/Muller (Stan) def. Katsarov/Stewart (Cal), 8-5
(3) Dahan/Mouillon (Cal) def. Fischer/Obenaus (Wash), 8-4
(5-8) Hirshman/Wire (Stan) def. Gilbert/Nakahara (Cal), 8-1
(2) Chizever/Zerbini (Cal) def. Kaiser/Zeller (Stan), 8-6

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