Bears End Run at Pac-10 Tennis Championships
April 24, 2009
OJAI, Calif. -
The California men's tennis team had its run at the 2009 Pac-10 Tennis Championships cut short today at Libbey Park as the Golden Bears each bowed out in singles and doubles quarterfinal matches. Cal's No. 18-ranked doubles team of senior Geoff Chizever and sophomore Pedro Zerbini recorded their 24th victory together as they advanced to the doubles quarterfinal round.
Chizever and Zerbini opened the day up with an 8-4 win over Amit Inbar and Ahmed Ismail of UCLA in the round of 16. The tandem pushed their overall record to a team-high 24-10 with the win to advance to the doubles championship quarterfinal. There, the two faced off with No. 61-ranked Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl of Washington and stayed pace until the Huskies pulled away to post an 8-5 win.
In another doubles round of 16 match, the newly-formed sophomore team of Bozhidar Katsarov and Zach Gilbert fell, 8-3, to USC's Abdullah Magdas and Daniel Nguyen. In the doubles invitational quarterfinal, freshmen Evan Rose and Tommie Murphy were taken out by Stanford's Gregory Hirshman and Jeff Zeller, 8-4.
In championship singles play, the Bears were unable to advance past the quarterfinal rounds as No. 63-ranked Zerbini fell in a close three-set match to No. 67 Steve Johnson of USC. Zerbini was edged by Johnson in the first set tiebreaker before he replied with a 6-3 second set win. Johnson tacked up a 6-3 of his own as he completed the victory to eliminate Zerbini from title contention. In the invitational singles quarterfinal, Rose fought hard against USC's Andrew Kells but was turned away by a 6-4, 7-6 score in the end.
Play resumes tomorrow (April 25) with singles and doubles semifinal matches. The No. 48-ranked California men's tennis team (10-10, 2-4 Pac-10) completes its dual-match schedule as it faces No. 73-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Sunday (April 26) in a 1 p.m. match at UCSB's Rob Gym Tennis Courts to make up a match that was previously cancelled due to rain.
Pacific-10 Men's Tennis Singles ChampionshipOjai Valley Tennis Club | Ojai, Calif.Friday, April 24, 2009 (Day 2)QuarterfinalNo. 67 Steve Johnson (USC) def. No. 63 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3
Pacific-10 Men's Tennis Singles InvitationalOjai Valley Tennis Club | Ojai, Calif.Friday, April 24, 2009 (Day 2)QuarterfinalAndrew Kells (USC) def. Evan Rose (CAL) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Pacific-10 Men's Tennis Doubles ChampionshipOjai Valley Tennis Club | Ojai, Calif.Friday, April 24, 2009 (Day 2)Round of 16No. 18 Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) def. Inbar/Ismail (UCLA) 8-4Magdas/Nguyen (USC) def. Gilbert/Katsarov (CAL) 8-3QuarterfinalNo. 61 Drabble/Kildahl (WASH) def. No. 18 Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) 8-5
Pacific-10 Men's Tennis Doubles InvitationalOjai Valley Tennis Club | Ojai, Calif.Friday, April 24, 2009 (Day 2)QuarterfinalHirshman/Zeller (STAN) def. Murphy/Rose (CAL) 8-4