Freshmen Lead the Way For Cal Men's Tennis

April 25, 2008

OJAI, Calif. - The California men's tennis team opened up play today at the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Tennis Championships at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club in Ojai, Calif. highlighted by performances by freshmen Pedro Zerbini and Bozhidar Katsarov. The Golden Bears will begin doubles play tomorrow as the singles tournament continues.

Zerbini notched his 12th-straight win in singles play dating back to a March 16 victory over Rainer Nachbauer of San Francisco. Zerbini also posted his 27th career victory of the year when he took out Blake Muller of Stanford with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win today in the round of 16.

Katsarov leapt over the 30-win mark with a pair of victories today in the first and second rounds of the Pac-10 Championships Men's Singles Invitational. Katsarov got his 31st career singles win as he made short work of his opponents, defeating Brad Bator of Washington by a 6-1, 6-3 score before dropping a 6-3, 7-5 win on Paul Morrissey of Stanford.

Sophomore Kallim Stewart advanced to the round of 16 in the main draw but was ousted by UCLA's Jeremy Drean in a hard-fought 7-6, 6-3 defeat. Junior Geoff Chizever also got in some singles action as he got to the round of 16 in the invitational draw by defeating Ryo Sekiguchi of Washington by a 7-5, 6-1 score. Chizever bowed out later to fourth-seeded Wes Miller of Arizona State.

Katsarov and Zerbini will play 11 a.m. matches tomorrow as the rest of the squad prepares for the doubles tournaments. For complete results and draw information, please visit USTA TennisLink

Pac-10 Men's Singles Championship

Jonathan Dahan, Fr.
First round: lost to Gary Sacks (USC) 6-3, 6-3

Pierre Mouillon, Sr.
First round: lost to Jaak Poldma (USC) 6-3, 6-1

(7) Kallim Stewart, So.
First round: def. Pat Metham (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-2
Round of 16: lost to Jeremy Drean (UCLA) 7-6(5), 6-3

Pedro Zerbini, Fr.
First round: def. (8) Andres Arango (ASU) 6-2 1-0(Ret. inj)
Round of 16: def. Blake Muller (STAN) 6-4, 7-6(4)
Quarterfinal: vs. (1) Robert Farah (USC) - 11 a.m. (April 25)

Pac-10 Men's Singles Invitational

Geoff Chizever, Jr.
First round: def. Ryo Sekiguchi (WASH) 7-5, 6-1
Round of 16: lost to (4) Wes Miller (ASU) 6-4, 6-2

Zach Gilbert, Fr.
First round: lost to Romeo Mortera (ORE) 6-3, 7-5

Nicolai Horgen, Jr.
First round: lost to Jack Levis (USC) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

(2) Bozhidar Katsarov, Fr.
First round: def. Bradley Bator (WASH) 6-1, 6-3
Round of 16: def. Paul Morrissey (STAN) 6-3, 7-5
Quarterfinal: vs. Andrew Piotrowski (USC) - 11 a.m. (April 25)

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