Zerbini Earns Spot In Pac-10 Singles Quarterfinal
April 24, 2009
OJAI, Calif. -
No. 63-ranked California men's tennis sophomore Pedro Zerbini advanced to the singles quarterfinal at the Pacific-10 Tennis Championships with two wins at Libbey Park today. The second-year Golden Bear earned his 22nd and 23rd victories of the season with a pair of straight-set wins. In the Pac-10 singles invitational tournament, freshman Evan Rose fought his way to a quarterfinal appearance with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Washington's Matthew Stith in the round of 16.
Zerbini opened the first round with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of USC's Jason McNaughton to advance to the round of 16. Fellow sophomores Zach Gilbert and Bozhidar Katsarov were not as fortunate as each fell in their first round matches. Gilbert suffered a 6-1, 6-2 loss at the hands of No. 40-ranked Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of Washington while Katsarov took his match to three sets against No. 73-ranked Matt Brooklyn of UCLA before succumbing to a 6-2 score in the third. Katsarov lost the first set, 6-1, but rebounded to nab a 6-3 win in the second. Senior Geoff Chizever stayed the pace with Andres Carrasco of Arizona almost all of the way in two sets, but surrendered each set by a 6-4 score to end his run at the championships.
Carrying momentum into the round of 16, Zerbini dispatched Stanford's Ryan Thacher by a 6-2 score in the first set before holding off the Cardinal with a 6-4 win in the second set. Zerbini will play his quarterfinal match tomorrow (April 24) at noon at Libbey Park.
In the Pac-10 singles invitational tournament, three of Cal's freshmen received first round byes before taking part in round-of-16 action. Rose advanced with his win over Stith and will play his quarterfinal match tomorrow at noon at Libbey Park. Tommie Murphy and Sky Lovill were each stifled with losses in the round of 16 to end their run in the tournament. Murphy fell in a close 6-4, 6-4 match to Gregory Hirshman of Stanford while Lovill took his first set with USC's Daniel Gliner to a five-all tie before suffering a 7-5 loss and was turned away in the second, 6-4.
Play resumes tomorrow with singles quarterfinal rounds along with the doubles championship and invitational tournament's round of 16 and quarterfinals. The No. 48-ranked California men's tennis team (10-10, 2-4 Pac-10) completed their regular season dual schedule last weekend and hope to receive a school record 10th consecutive bid to the NCAA Championships.
Pacific-10 Men's Tennis Singles ChampionshipOjai Valley Tennis Club | Ojai, Calif.Thursday, April 23, 2009 (Day 1)Round of 32No. 40 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (WASH) def. Zach Gilbert (CAL) 6-1, 6-2No. 73 Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2No. 63 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) 6-3, 6-2Andres Carrasco (ARIZ) def. Geoff Chizever (CAL) 6-4, 6-4Round of 16No. 63 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Ryan Thacher (STAN) 6-2, 6-4
Pacific-10 Men's Tennis Singles InvitationalOjai Valley Tennis Club | Ojai, Calif.Thursday, April 23, 2009 (Day 1)Round of 16Gregory Hirshman (STAN) def. Tommie Murphy (CAL) 6-4, 6-4Daniel Gliner (USC) def. Sky Lovill (CAL) 7-5, 6-4Evan Rose (CAL) def. Matthew Stith (WASH) 6-2, 6-4