Golden Bears Complete Season With 5-2 Win Over UCSB

April 26, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

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The No. 48-ranked California men's tennis team (11-10, 2-4 Pac-10) polished off No. 73 UC Santa Barbara (11-13) with a 5-2 win today at the Rob Gym Tennis Courts. Sophomore Bozhidar Katsarov completed the victory for the Golden Bears with his 6-4, 6-2 win against Taylor Chavez Goggin at No. 4 singles; his 15th singles win of the year.

Cal opened the day up by claiming the doubles point for the 14th time this season in a sweep of all three courts. When the Bears win the doubles point, they have won the subsequent match on 11 occasions. Cal's senior tandem of Geoff Chizever and Eoin Heavey took the top court and defeated Josh Finkelstein and Alex Konigsfeldt, 8-6, to start the Bears off on the right foot. Sophomore Pedro Zerbini and freshman Nick Andrews came through with the clinching victory as they defeated Scott Hohenstein and Evan Jurgensen, 9-7, at court two. Katsarov and freshman Thai Tu added a third win, defeating Nick Caledonia and Taylor Chavez Goggin at court three, 8-6.

In singles play, No. 63-ranked Zerbini started the Bears off with a 6-0, 6-0 demolition of Konigsfeldt on the top court to put Cal up, 2-0 in the match. Andrews came off the courts next to put the Bears up by a 3-0 margin with his 6-2, 6-0 win over Max Taylor at No. 3 singles. Katsarov sealed the deal after that as he topped things off with his 6-4, 6-2 victory against Chavez Goggin.

With the match completed, the Gauchos posted their first point as Caledonia took out freshman Evan Rose in Rose's first collegiate dual match. Rose won his first set in convincing fashion, 6-2, but allowed Caledonia to take a 6-2 win in the second set. In the third set super-tiebreaker, Caledonia pulled ahead after the two stayed close to win, 10-7. At the second court, Heavey fell to Finkelstein after winning his first set, 6-4. Finkelstein seized momentum with a second set 6-3 win and blanked Heavey with a 6-0 in the third. As the last match off the court, Tu won his third-set tiebreaker, 10-6 over Mathieu Forget at No. 5 singles.

The Bears now await word on their postseason future in anticipation of a school-record 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. ESPNU will air the official selection show this Tuesday, April 28 at approximately 2:20 p.m. PT.

No. 48 California 5, No. 73 UC Santa Barbara 2Rob Gym Tennis Courts | Santa Barbara, Calif.Sunday, April 26, 2009Doubles1. Chizever/Heavey (CAL) def. Finkelstein/Konigsfeldt (UCSB) 8-62. N. Andrews/Zerbini (CAL) def. Hohenstein/Jurgensen (UCSB) 9-73. Katsarov/Tu (CAL) def. Caledonia/Chavez Goggin (UCSB) 8-6Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 63 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Alex Konigsfeldt (UCSB) 6-0, 6-02. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-03. Nick Andrews (CAL) def. Max Taylor (UCSB) 6-2, 6-04. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Taylor Chavez Goggin (UCSB) 6-4, 6-25. Thai Tu (CAL) def. Mathieu Forget (UCSB) 7-5, 6-7(5), 1-0(6)6. Nick Caledonia (UCSB) def. Evan Rose (CAL) 2-6, 6-2, 1-0(7)Order of finish: 1, 3, 4*, 6, 2, 5

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