Men's Tennis Drops 4-3 Decision to No. 21 Washington

April 10, 2009

SEATTLE, Wash. -

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The No. 37-ranked California men's tennis team (9-9, 1-3 Pac-10) fell in its second consecutive 4-3 squeaker to No. 21 Washington (13-7, 2-2 Pac-10) today at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Golden Bears were able to split the singles courts but could not secure the doubles point in one of the toughest matches of the year as No. 81-ranked sophomore Pedro Zerbini got his 20th singles win with his 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 40 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan at the top court.

Zerbini's win put the first point on the board for the Bears and tied the match at one-all. Derek Drabble duplicated the top court's score as he defeated sophomore Bozhidar Katsarov, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 5 singles to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Washington continued to pull away as No. 113-ranked Patrik Fischer claimed a 6-3, 7-5 victory against senior Eoin Heavey on court two.

In the tightest match of the day, Martin Kildahl was able to fend off freshman Nick Andrews to clinch the win for the Huskies. The two stayed toe-to-toe for the entire first set and ran the tiebreaker to an eight-all tie before Kildahl sealed the first-set win with a 10-8 score in the breaker. In the second, the pair remained close until Andrews surrendered the last two games to fall, 7-5.

Cal was able to tack on two more wins after the match was decided. First, freshman Thai Tu completed his three-setter as he returned from losing the first set, 3-6, to blow away David Chu at No. 4 singles by winning, 6-0, 6-1, in the second and third. Sophomore Jonathan Dahan lost his first set, 6-4, to Tobi Obenaus on the sixth court and found himself down two breaks at 4-1 before he wrestled away the last five games of the set to win, 6-4. After the split, Dahan stood tall and held off Obenaus to get an 11-9 super-tiebreaker victory.

In doubles play, Dahan and Katsarov teamed up to face No. 43-ranked Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan at the second court, where the Huskies clinched the point with an 8-4 win. At the top court, Drabble and Kildahl pulled off the upset win over No. 13-ranked senior Geoff Chizever and Zerbini, 8-5.

The Bears stay on the road for one more match as they take on Oregon at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Ore. tomorrow (April 11) at noon. Please visit www.goducks.com for links to live stats.

No. 21 Washington 4, No. 37 California 3Nordstrom Tennis Center | Seattle, Wash.Friday, April 10, 2009Doubles1. Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. No. 13 Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) 8-52. No. 43 Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) 8-43. Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) def. N. Andrews/Tu (CAL) 8-3Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1 (Washington wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 81 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. No. 40 J. Nedunchezhiyan (UW) 6-1, 6-32. No. 113 Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL) 6-3, 7-53. Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Nick Andrews (CAL) 7-6(8), 7-54. Thai Tu (CAL) def. David Chu (UW) 3-6, 6-0, 6-15. Derek Drabble (UW) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 6-1, 6-36. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(9)Order of finish: 1, 5, 2, 3*, 4, 6

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