Golden Bears Take 7-0 Win Over Visiting Quakers
March 11, 2008
The No. 36 California men's tennis team (6-5) got its first 7-0 sweep of the season against visiting Penn (7-5) today at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears won all three doubles matches to open the day and didn't lose a set in singles play to complete the first 7-0 sweep of an opponent since March 10, 2007 when they defeated Stanford at home. Today's victory also marks the first time the Bears have won all nine of their matches in a single dual since April 1, 2006 against Oregon.
With the match seemingly in hand, sophomore No. 96 Kallim Stewart closed out the Quakers with a 6-3, 7-5 win over top Penn player Jason Pinsky on court one. With the second set tied up at five games each, Stewart broke Pinsky's serve to get the go ahead game. In the 12th game, Stewart blasted his opponent, getting out to a 40-love advantage before sealing the deal for Cal. Before Stewart's finish, junior Eoin Heavey put on a display of efficiency as he dispatched Joseph Lok in a 6-1, 6-1 straight-set winner on court two, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead. Court three finished next as Eric Riley retired facing freshman Pedro Zerbini's 6-1, 3-0 lead.
After the Bears clinched the match, freshman Bozhidar Katsarov completed his 7-6, 6-2 win against Justen Roth on court five. Katsarov took the first set with a 7-3 tiebreaker score after the two competitors fought out the set holding serve nearly the entire way. Senior Ken Nakahara finished soon after Katsarov with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Brandon O'Gara on court six. Court four was the last to finish as freshman Jonathan Dahan got a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory against Adam Schwartz.
In doubles play, the Bears' top duo of junior Geoff Chizever and Zerbini took out No. 57 Lok and Pinsky on court one with an 8-2 score. With the second and third courts going at a slower pace, it was court three that would clinch the doubles point for the Bears as Dahan and Katsarov teamed up to get the 9-7 win over Roth and Schwartz. Court two finished not too long after court three as Heavey and Stewart took an 8-6 win against O'Gara and Riley to give the Bears a sweep of the doubles courts.
Penn will remain in the Bay Area and face USF on Thursday to complete its West Coast tour. The Quakers fell in a close 4-3 match to St. Mary's prior to facing Cal. The Bears now turn their attention to the weekend as they prepare take on Southern Methodist (March 15, 10 a.m.) and San Francisco (March 16, 1 p.m.) on neutral ground at Pebble Beach, Calif. Please check CalBears.com for updates and scores.
No. 36 California 7, Penn 0
Mar. 11, 2008 | Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.
1. Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) def. No. 57 Lok/Pinksy (PENN) 8-2
2. Heavey/Stewart (CAL) def. O'Gara/Riley (PENN) 8-6
3. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) def. Roth/Schwartz (PENN) 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 3*, 2 (California wins doubles point)
1. No. 96 Kallim Stewart (CAL) def. Jason Pinksy (PENN) 6-3, 7-5
2. Eoin Heavey (CAL) def. Joseph Lok (PENN) 6-1, 6-1
3. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Eric Riley (PENN) 6-1, 3-0 (Ret.)
4. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Adam Schwartz (PENN) 6-4, 6-4
5. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Justen Roth (PENN) 7-6(3), 6-2
6. Ken Nakahara (CAL) def. Brandon O'Gara (PENN) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1*, 5, 6, 4