Cal Men's Tennis Gives Up 4-3 Heartbreaker At No. 13 Pepperdine
March 26, 2008
MALIBU, Calif. -
The No. 42 California men's tennis team (8-7) fell in a tough 4-3 loss to No. 13 Pepperdine (10-6) today at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. The Golden Bears complete non-conference dual matches with an 8-7 record heading into the final stretch of the season beginning with back-to-back matches against Arizona and Arizona State this weekend.
The streaking Waves won their fifth match in a row and ninth of the last ten by stifling the Bear attack early on. The team of Bassam Beidas and Johannes de Villiers defeated junior Eoin Heavey and sophomore Kallim Stewart on the second doubles court by an 8-4 score to open things up. The Bears fought back however on both remaining courts, only to fall on court three by an 8-6 score and on court one by a 9-7 score. Pepperdine claimed the doubles point and momentum heading into singles matches.
In singles play, senior Pierre Mouillon was the first off, giving up the 6-2, 6-0 win to No. 123 Omar Altmann on court three. The top court finished second as No. 10 Andre Begemann dispatched of No. 116 Stewart, 6-1, 6-3 to give the Waves a 3-0 match lead. Court two finished third as No. 20 Beidas defeated Heavey by a 6-2, 6-2 score to give Pepperdine the 4-0 advantage, clinching the match for the Waves.
With the match decided, Cal's freshmen took individual wins on the bottom three courts. Zerbini led the way with his 6-4, 6-3 win against Alejandro Moreno on court five followed by Bozhidar Katsarov's 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 win on court six against de Villiers. The win was Katsarov's team-high 24th singles win of the year. Court four did not finish due to injury, giving Jonathan Dahan the victory over James Lemke. Dahan's win was his eighth in a row.
The Bears return home to open Pac-10 Conference play, hosting No. 55 Arizona, Friday (March 28) in a 1:30 p.m. start before taking on No. 15 Arizona State, Saturday (March 29) at 1 p.m. Please check CalBears.com for more information, updates and live video.
No. 13 Pepperdine 4, No. 42 California 3
Mar. 26, 2008 | Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center | Malibu, Calif.
1. No. 23 Altmann/Begemann (PEP) def. Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) 9-7
2. Beidas/de Villiers (PEP) def. Heavey/Stewart (CAL) 8-4
3. Kamel/Lemke (PEP) def. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3*, 1 (Pepperdine wins doubles point)
1. No. 10 Andre Begemann (PEP) def. No. 116 Kallim Stewart (CAL) 6-1, 6-3
2. No. 20 Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL) 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 123 Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Pierre Mouillon (CAL) 6-2, 6-0
4. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. James Lemke (PEP) 3-6, 2-3 (Ret.)
5. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Alejandro Moreno (PEP) 6-4, 6-3
6. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Johannes de Villiers (PEP) 4-6, 6-3, 10-8
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*, 5, 6, 4