Men's Tennis Takes 6-1 Victory Over Michigan State

March 12, 2009


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No. 119-ranked California men's tennis sophomore Pedro Zerbini overcame a 4-1 first-set deficit to win his match at No. 1 singles and clinch a 6-1 victory over Michigan State (12-2) for the Golden Bears today at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal improves to 5-5 on the year with three matches left before Pac-10 play begins.

The Bears put on a steady performance in doubles matches to take the point from the Spartans; just the third time this season that Michigan State has not won the doubles point in 14 tries. On the top court, No. 7-ranked senior Geoff Chizever and Zerbini completed their match first with an 8-6 win against John Allare and Jason Norville. Court two finished next with senior Eoin Heavey and sophomore Bozhidar Katsarov securing the point for the Bears in an 8-5 win against Austin Brooks and John Stratton. The freshman tandem got it done next as Thai Tu and Nick Andrews completed the 8-5 win over Alex Forger and Scott Rasmussen on court three.

With the first point of the match in hand, the Bears jumped out by two when Andrews came up with a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over Rasmussen at No. 3 singles. Andrews' next door neighbor Katsarov got off court next as he claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win against Brooks on court four to make things 3-0 in Cal's favor.

At the top court, Zerbini found himself in a bind in the first set as he fell behind two breaks to Forger. Playing with patience, the Brazilian native took command of the set to force a five-all tie before claiming momentum to take the final two games for the 7-5 win. The story was far different in the second set as Zerbini and Forger stayed on serve until Cal took the upper hand to pull out the 6-3 win and the match victory.

With the outcome decided, the Bears added two more points as sophomore Jonathan Dahan took a 6-3, 6-3 win over Norville at No. 6 singles and Heavey won his super-tiebreaker, 10-3 against Allare at No. 2 singles. Heavey and Allare split 6-4 sets in the first two with Heavey coming from behind to win the second. With Cal up 6-0, the Spartans took their only point of the day as Ronnie Hulewicz defeated Tu by winning his super-tiebreaker, 10-8. Tu had battled from behind to force the super-tiebreaker by winning the second set 7-5 after falling 6-4 in the first.

The Bears stick around at home to face No. 29-ranked Tulsa on Saturday (March 14) at 1 p.m. The Golden Hurricane (12-5) will face Michigan State tomorrow in a 1 p.m. match also to be played at Hellman Tennis Complex. For complete information and statistics for the Cal's men's tennis team, visit

No. 60 California 6, No. 61 Michigan State 1Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Thursday, March 12, 2009Doubles1. No. 7 Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) def. Allare/Norville (MSU) 8-62. Heavey/Katsarov (CAL) def. Brooks/Stratton (MSU) 8-53. N. Andrews/Tu (CAL) def. Forger/Rasmussen (MSU) 8-5Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 119 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Alex Forger (MSU) 7-5, 6-32. Eoin Heavey (CAL) def. John Allare (MSU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(3)3. Nick Andrews (CAL) def. Scott Rasmussen (MSU) 6-0, 6-14. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Austin Brooks (MSU) 6-2, 6-35. Ronnie Hulewicz (MSU) def. Thai Tu (CAL) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0(8)6. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Jason Norville (MSU) 6-3, 6-3Order of finish: 3, 4, 1*, 6, 2, 5

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