No. 24 Men's Tennis Hosts UC Santa Barbara in Sunday Afternoon Tilt

Feb. 13, 2009

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THIS WEEK: The No. 24-ranked California men's tennis team (3-2) remains at home for its second of four straight matches at Hellman Tennis Complex as the Golden Bears host No. 58 UC Santa Barbara (1-4) in a Sunday (Feb. 15) afternoon tilt beginning at 1 p.m. Please check CalBears.com for more information and links to live video webcasts.

LAST WEEK: The Bears bounced back from two consecutive losses to claim a 4-3 victory over No. 54 Hawai'i. Cal had beaten the Warriors, 6-1, on the islands in its first match of the dual season and pulled out the win at home as No. 49-ranked junior Kallim Stewart completed his court-two match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Leo Rosenberg. Cal fell behind first in doubles as Stewart and freshman Nick Andrews lost on court two, 8-5, to Dennis Lajola and Andreas Weber. The Bears knotted up the doubles point when the No. 16-ranked team of senior Geoff Chizever and sophomore Pedro Zerbini posted an 8-5 score of their own on the top court, beating Rosenberg and Jeff Fitch. With the match knotted at three-all on the third doubles court, senior Eoin Heavey and sophomore Jonathan Dahan broke the Hawai'i serve twice to go up, 6-3 on Sascha Heinemann and Spencer Mendoza. The Bears held serve and then broke once more in the final game to clinch the doubles point for Cal. The Bears wasted no time going up 2-0 in the match as Katsarov got off court first when he defeated Mendoza, 6-4, 6-1, in singles. One court over, Heavey dropped a 6-4, 7-5 win on Fitch to push the Bears to a commanding 3-0 lead. After Stewart clinched the match, the Bears surrendered the final three points.

ON COURT - NO. 58 UC SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos are on a three-match road trip to Northern California and are set to face the Bears in the second of those three bouts. UC Santa Barbara holds the No. 58 spot in the latest ITA poll after posting a 4-3 victory over Oregon. The victory was short-lived however, as the Gauchos turned around and lost in a 7-0 sweep to No. 41-ranked New Mexico the very next day. UCSB has played four of its first five matches on the road and is 1-3 in those matches. The Gauchos do not have any ranked players or doubles teams but are led by junior transfer Philip Therp who has four singles wins and five doubles victories this year. Fellow junior Josh Finkelstein leads all Gauchos with eight singles victories and five doubles wins this season. The Gauchos have only defeated the Bears once in 27 meetings, last falling,7-0, to Cal in Feb. 2007.BEARS IN THE RANKS: Cal holds the No. 24 spot in the ITA Division I Men's Team Rankings. Two Bears hold singles rankings: No. 49 junior Kallim Stewart and No. 72 sophomore Pedro Zerbini. Cal's roster also features the 16th-ranked doubles team in Zerbini and senior Geoff Chizever.

FALL 2008 REVIEW: Cal enjoyed a successful fall individual tournament season, highlighted by the play of the doubles team of senior Geoff Chizever and sophomore Pedro Zerbini. The pair won the ITA Northern Cal Championship doubles title and earned an automatic berth to the ITA National Indoor Championships. The duo also won the doubles title at the Fresno State Bulldog Classic on their way to an 11-3 record together. Junior Kallim Stewart won the coveted Norma Miner Award at the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic as he swept through his singles matches over the course of the three day tournament. Sophomores Andy Chirita and Zach Gilbert took home the Fresno State Bulldog Classic B Flight doubles title and fellow sophomore duo Jonathan Dahan and Bozhidar Katsarov advanced to the doubles quarterfinal of the ITA Northern Cal Championships. Unattached, Zerbini advanced to the singles final at the Bulldog Classic and the singles quarterfinal at the Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships.

HEAD COACH Peter Wright: 16th-year head coach Peter Wright has led the Golden Bears to the postseason play a school-record nine consecutive years and has only missed the NCAA tournament once in his career. He won his 200th match at Cal last season and is 206-150 (.578) overall (53-63, .457 Pac-10). His first coaching award came when he was named the 1994 Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year and earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1997 and 2001. Under Wright, nine Cal players have combined to receive 13 All-America selections. Wright has also served as Chairman of the NCAA Tennis Committee as well as on the executive board of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

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