Golden Bears Hold Off No. 25 Huskies For 4-3 Victory
April 12, 2008
Although the California men's tennis team will honor its seniors in ceremonies at next week's final home match, the players had their own senior salute today as the No. 36 Golden Bears (12-9, 4-2 Pac-10) held fast to defeat the visiting No. 25 Huskies (13-9, 1-5 Pac-10) in a thrilling 4-3 finish at the Hellman Tennis Complex. It was senior Pierre Mouillon who would do the honors when he served up an ace against No. 97 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan on the second court to close out his match, winning 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3 to notch Cal's fourth Pac-10 Conference win.
Mouillon lost a tough first set by a 7-4 score in the tiebreaker but stormed back to take a 6-2 win in the second set. Starting his third set, not knowing what the outcome of the other courts were, he fought his way to a 5-3 lead when he realized that his was the final and deciding match. In the ninth game of the third set, Mouillon went up 40-30 before he whipped a serve past Nedunchezhiyan for the clinching win.
Both Cal seniors Ken Nakahara and Mouillon were the final two singles to finish in a match that would mark the fifth time this season that the Bears have needed to win the final set of the final singles match in order to clinch a victory. In those five matches, Cal holds a 4-1 record, falling only to Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. and winning against a then No. 11-ranked Oklahoma State team on the road, Arizona on the road, a No. 15-ranked Arizona State at home and today against Washington.
The Bears controlled the doubles point by winning on the second and third courts, each by an 8-5 score. Freshman combo of Jonathan Dahan and Bozhidar Katsarov wrapped up the point in the third match to finish by defeating Washington's Martin Kildahl and Tobi Obenaus.
The Huskies tied the match at one point each when their senior leader Andy Kuharszky defeated junior Eoin Heavey on court three by a 6-4 6-2 score. Cal answered right back to go up 2-1 as Katsarov completed a 6-3, 6-3 win over David Chu on the fifth court. Washington responded however, as No. 82 Patrik Fischer edged out sophomore No. 92 Kallim Stewart by a 7-5, 6-1 score on the top court. Freshman Pedro Zerbini helped the Bears get right back to a 3-2 lead with his defeat of Derek Drabble, 7-6, 6-4 on the fourth court. Zerbini won the first set tiebreaker by a 7-2 score.
With only the seniors left in action and each in the third set, Nakahara got out to a 3-0 lead on Kildahl over on court six before Kildahl called for time to nurse an injury. Coming out of the break, Kildahl won on his serve but Nakahara answered back and held serve to take a 4-1 lead. Kildahl responded with a burst of five consecutive game-winners as he would take the 6-4 win in the third set to fend off Nakahara for the 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win.
The Bears remain home for their final regular-season match next weekend as they play host to rival Stanford on Saturday, April 19 in a 1 p.m. start at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal will honor its senior class in ceremonies preceding the start of the match. Please check CalBears.com for updates and information.
No. 36 California 4, No. 25 Washington 3
Apr. 12, 2008 | Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.
1. Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) 8-4
2. Heavey/Stewart (CAL) def. Drabble/Kuharszky (UW) 8-5
3. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) def. Kildahl/Obenaus (UW) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3* (California wins doubles point)
1. No. 82 Patrik Fischer (UW) def. No. 92 Kallim Stewart (CAL) 7-5, 6-1
2. Pierre Mouillon (CAL) def. No. 97 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL) 6-4, 6-2
4. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Derek Drabble (UW) 7-6(2), 6-4
5. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. David Chu (UW) 6-3, 6-3
6. Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Ken Nakahara (CAL) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 5, 1, 4, 6, 2*