No. 29 Cal Men's Tennis Falls to No. 24 Stanford, 5-2
April 19, 2008
Berkeley - The 24th-ranked Stanford Cardinal spoiled senior day for California and escaped Berkeley with a 5-2 win over the 29th-ranked Golden Bears on Saturday from the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Cal fell to 12-10, 4-3 in Pac-10 play, while Stanford improved to 12-8, 5-2 in Pac-10 competition.
In his final home match, senior Pierre Mouillon gave Richard Wire all he can handle in the No. 2 singles bout, falling 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Mouillon (Le Perreux, France) was named the ITA Northwest Region Player of the Year his junior campaign and earned first-team all-conference honors last season as well.
Cal gained the early momentum in the doubles competition and earned the point after sweeping all three matches. The No. 1 duo of Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini tallied an 8-4 win over the Stanford's duo of Alex Clayton and Blake Muller. In the No. 2 doubles, Cal's combination of Eoin Heavey and Kallim Stewart handled Wire and Gregory Hirshman, 7-6, while Jonathan Dahan and Bozhidar Katsarov topped Kevin Kaiser and Ted Kelly, 8-3 in the No. 3 doubles.
Stanford battled back from the early deficit and earned its first point in the No. 1 singles draw as Alex Clayton defeated Stewart, 7-5, 6-2.
The Cardinal earned their second point and took the lead after Hirshman topped Dahan. In straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.
Cal pulled even in the rivalry match as Zerbini earned a straight sets victory over Phil Kao, 6-3, 6-4.
Kaiser outlasted Cal's Katsarov, 7-6, 6-3 in the No. 6 singles duel, helping Stanford stay in the lead for good. Stanford's Muller needed three sets to defeat Heavey, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 3 singles.
Cal will next compete in the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., April 24-27.
Doubles#1 Geoff Chizever, Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. Clayton, Muller, 8-4#2 Eoin Heavey, Kallim Stewart (Cal) def. Wire, Hirshman, 7-6#3 Jonathan Dahan, Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal) def. Kaiser, Kelly, 8-3
#1 - Clayton (Stan) def. Stewart (Cal) 7-5, 6-2#2 - Wire (Stan) def. Mouillon (Cal) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4#3 - Muller (Stan) def. Heavey (Cal) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3#4 - Zerbini (Cal) def. Kao (Stan) 6-3, 6-4#5 - Hirshman (Stan) def. Dahan (Cal) 6-4, 6-0#6 - Kaiser (Stan) def. Katsarov (Cal) 7-6, 6-3