Men's Tennis Receives School-Record 10th-Straight NCAA Bid
April 28, 2009
The No. 40-ranked California men's tennis team (11-10, 2-4 Pac-10) received its school-record 10th-consecutive bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships today and learned that it will face No. 17-ranked Pepperdine (19-9) in a first round match at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 8. The Golden Bears will take on the Waves in one of two first-round matches hosted by No. 9-ranked Stanford at the Taube Family Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal (18-5, 3-3 Pac-10) draws Sacramento State (19-6) at 2 p.m. later that day. The winners will face off in a second-round match set to start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.
Ticket prices for two-day reserved tickets are as follows: $20 (all-tournament), $15 (adult/general admission) and $10 (student/child/senior general admission). Single-day tickets are priced as follows: $8 (reserved), $6 (adult/general admission) and $4 (student/child/senior general admission). Students must show valid school identification.
Pepperdine (West Coast Conference) and Sacramento State (Big Sky Conference) are each conference champions while Stanford and Cal received at-large selections into the 64-team tournament. Six of the seven Pac-10 teams earned bids to the tournament; the only squad that did not was Oregon.
The Bears completed the season with a 5-2 victory against No. 73-ranked UC Santa Barbara last weekend and are making their 43rd all-time appearance in the NCAA championships. Cal finished the Pac-10 schedule tied for fifth with Arizona and claimed the doubles point in 14 matches this year. The Bears' roster features No. 63-ranked sophomore Pedro Zerbini, who leads the team in singles victories with a 24-9 record. Zerbini teams up with senior Geoff Chizever to hold the No. 18 ranking. The duo won the 2008 Wilson/ITA Northern Cal regional doubles championship and have posted a 24-11 record together.
Last year, Cal defeated Boise State in the first round of the NCAA tournament before falling to No. 6-ranked USC in the second round in Los Angeles.