Golden Bears Post 4-3 Winner Over SMU at Pebble Beach

March 21, 2009

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -

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The No. 46-ranked California men's tennis team (7-5) defeated Southern Methodist (10-8, 0-1 Conference USA) by a 4-3 score today at the Beach and Tennis Club in the fourth annual Pebble Beach Collegiate Tennis Classic hosted by the University of San Francisco. Freshman Thai Tu sealed the win for the Golden Bears with his 6-3, 7-5 defeat of Adham el-Effendi at No. 5 singles.

The Bears opened the day with a flurry of wins on the doubles courts, led off by No. 9-ranked senior Geoff Chizever and sophomore Pedro Zerbini. The duo took out el-Effendi and Darren Walsh at the top court by an 8-2 count. Senior Eoin Heavey and sophomore Bozhidar Katsarov followed suit with an 8-4 win next at No. 2 doubles against Artem Baradach and Chris Hooshyar to clinch the doubles point for Cal. The Bears' freshman tandem of Nick Andrews and Tu finished up last with an 8-4 victory over Gaston Cuadranti and Robin Fahgen.

With one point in hand, the Bears went ahead by two as Zerbini cleaned up at the top singles court with a 6-1, 6-2 win over David Costa. The win was Zerbini's team-high 15th of the year. Sophomore Jonathan Dahan pushed Cal to a 3-0 lead as he defeated Cuadranti on the sixth court, 6-2, 6-0.

The Mustangs answered back soon after with a win on court four as Walsh took out Katsarov in three sets, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3. Tu wasted no time securing the team victory for the Bears next as he took out el-Effendi at court five. With the match decided, SMU added two more points with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Baradach returned from a one-set deficit to take out Andrews on court three, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and Hooshyar claimed the win over Heavey at court two by winning the third-set super tiebreaker, 10-7.

The Bears remain in Pebble Beach for a 1 p.m. match tomorrow against host San Francisco.

No. 46 California 4, Southern Methodist 3Beach and Tennis Club | Pebble Beach, Calif.(Fourth Annual Pebble Beach Collegiate Tennis Classic)Saturday, March 21, 2009Doubles1. No. 9 Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) def. el-Effendi/Walsh (SMU) 8-22. Heavey/Katsarov (CAL) def. Baradach/Hooshyar (SMU) 8-43. N. Andrews/Tu (CAL) def. Cuadranti/Fahgen (SMU) 8-4Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. David Costa (SMU) 6-1, 6-22. Chris Hooshyar (SMU) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL) 6-3, 6-7(1), 1-0(7)3. Artem Baradach (SMU) def. Nick Andrews (CAL) 3-6, 6-1, 6-34. Darren Walsh (SMU) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-35. Thai Tu (CAL) def. Adham el-Effendi (SMU) 6-3, 7-56. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) 6-2, 6-0Order of finish: 1, 6, 4, 5*, 3, 2

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