Golden Bears Get On Track With 5-2 Win Against Utah

Feb. 9, 2008

BERKELEY - The California men's tennis team (4-3) defeated Utah (2-2) with a 5-2 score at Hellman Tennis Complex today. The Golden Bears regained the winning track after falling in two matches the previous weekend. Cal surrendered the doubles point to the Utes after three hard-fought matches but the team collected its composure to take wins on five out of six singles courts for the victory.

Holding a 3-1 score in the match, the Bears rallied to finish off Utah when freshman Jonathan Dahan closed strong with a 6-0 second set finish against Utah's Wes Hancock. Dahan needed a tiebreaker to gain the first set, dropping Hancock 7-3. Junior Eoin Heavey bounced back from a couple of losses last week to take a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win over Miron Mann and senior Ken Nakahara returned to the court for a 6-1, 6-2 win over Timmy Allin on court six. Freshman Pedro Zerbini won 6-2, 6-1 over Othman Zerouali-Ouariti to give Cal its third point, allowing Dahan to clinch the win for the Bears.

Freshman Bozhidar Katsarov won 6-2, 6-1 over Jason Smits shortly after the match was clinched and sophomore Kallim Stewart fell in the days' only three-set match to Utah's Zach Ganger on court one by a 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 score.

In doubles play, Heavey and senior Pierre Mouillon fell on court one to Ganger and Mann by an 8-4 score but junior Geoff Chizever and Zerbini put Cal into a tie for the doubles point with a 9-8 win against Smits and Zerouali-Ouariti. Chizever and Zerbini needed a tiebreaker to gain the win but finished strong with a 7-3 score in the breaker. Utah clinched the doubles point when Hancock and Allin defeated Dahan and Stewart by a 9-7 score, giving the Utes a lead heading into singles play.

The Bears will have two weeks off before facing rival Stanford on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at Stanford, Calif. Please check CalBears.com for updates.

No. 28 California 5, No. 70 Utah 2
Feb. 9, 2008 | Hellman Tennis Complex
Doubles
1. Ganger/Mann (Utah) def. Heavey/Mouillon (Cal) 8-4
2. Chizever/Zerbini def. Smits/Zerouali-Ouariti (Utah) 9-8(3)
3. Hancock/Allin (Utah) def. Dahan/Stewart (Cal) 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3* (Utah wins doubles point)
Singles
1. Zach Ganger (Utah) def. Kallim Stewart (Cal) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5
2. Eoin Heavey (Cal) def. Miron Mann (Utah) 6-1, 6-2
3. Jonathan Dahan (Cal) def. Wes Hancock (Utah) 7-6(3), 6-0
4. Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. Othman Zerouali-Ouariti (Utah) 6-2, 6-1
5. Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal) def. Jason Smits (Utah) 6-2, 6-1
6. Ken Nakahara (Cal) def. Timmy Allin 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 3*, 5, 1

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