Golden Bears Regain Winning Track in 6-1 Thrashing of UAB

March 10, 2009

BERKELEY -

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The California men's tennis team (4-5) returned to the win column with a 6-1 victory over the University of Alabama-Birmingham (3-6) today at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Freshman Thai Tu clinched the win for the Golden Bears with his 7-6, 6-2 victory against Dennis Ehrlich at No. 6 singles. Cal had five singles wins on the day to go with the point it earned in doubles play.

The Bears found themselves down a match in the doubles competition when Alex Emery and Slawomir Szeremeta defeated Tu and Nick Andrews, 8-5, on the third court. Cal bounced back to even things up for the all-important point however, when No. 7-ranked senior Geoff Chizever and sophomore Pedro Zerbini teamed up for an 8-4 win against Ehrlich and Tyrone Ewels on the top court. With the doubles point hanging in the balance, the Blazers forced a tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles but ran out of answers as senior Eoin Heavey and sophomore Bozhidar Katsarov walked away with a 7-1 tiebreaker win over Brian Ly and Daniel Moser.

Cal wasted no time building on the lead it had from the doubles victories as No. 119-ranked Zerbini made short work of Szeremeta in a 6-2, 6-1 win on the top singles court. One court over, Heavey took care of business as he topped Ewels, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. With the Bears in front by three, the Blazers put their first and only point on the board as Ly took out Andrews in two sets, 7-5, 6-4.

Tu came up with the winning point next after battling it out for an 8-6 first-set tiebreaker victory--6-2 in the second set--over Ehrlich at No. 6 singles. With the match already decided, the Bears added two more points; the first of which came from sophomore Jonathan Dahan on the fifth court with his 7-5, 6-4 win against Thomas Petrich. In the final match of the day to finish, Katsarov claimed a tight 7-6(5), 7-5 win against Moser at No. 4 singles.

The Bears are home for two more matches this week, first taking on No. 61 Michigan State on Thursday (March 12) at 1:30 p.m. and then No. 29 Tulsa on Saturday (March 14) at 1 p.m. Please check CalBears.com for updates and information.

No. 46 California 6, UAB 1Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Tuesday, March 10, 2009Doubles1. No. 7 Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) def. Ehrlich/Ewels (UAB) 8-42. Heavey/Katsarov (CAL) def. Ly/Moser (UAB) 9-8(1)3. Emery/Szeremeta (UAB) def. N. Andrews/Tu (CAL) 8-5Order of finish: 3, 1, 2* (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 119 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Slawomir Szeremeta (UAB) 6-2, 6-12. Eoin Heavey (CAL) def. Tyrone Ewels (UAB) 6-3, 6-43. Brian Ly (UAB) def. Nick Andrews (CAL) 7-5, 6-44. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Daniel Moser (UAB) 7-6(5), 7-55. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Thomas Petrich (UAB) 7-5, 6-46. Thai Tu (CAL) def. Dennis Ehrlich (UAB) 7-6(6), 6-2Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 6*, 5, 4

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