Bears Head to Central Valley for Fresno State Bulldog Classic

Sept. 30, 2009

BERKELEY - The California men's tennis team will send seven players to the 2009 Fresno State Bulldog Classic this weekend (Oct. 2-4) at the Wathen Tennis Center and the Fresno City College Tennis Courts in Fresno, Calif. Nine schools will be represented at the annual Central Valley tournament as Fresno State hosts the Golden Bears, Cal Poly, Fresno City College, Nevada, Oregon, San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, and the defending NAIA Champion, Fresno Pacific.

The Bulldog Classic is a traditional bracket tournament with A, B and C flights for singles; A and B flights for doubles. Approximately 70 players will take part in the three-day event with matches beginning at 9 a.m. each day. Cal will be represented by senior Bijan Hejazi; juniors Zach Gilbert and Bozhidar Katsarov; sophomores Sky Lovill and Tommie Murphy; and freshmen Riki McLachlan and Christoffer Konigsfeldt.

Last year, the Bears won both doubles titles as junior Pedro Zerbini teamed up with partner Geoff Chizever to win the A Flight doubles championship and junior Zach Gilbert earned the B Flight doubles crown with partner Andy Chirita. Zerbini also advanced to the A Flight singles final where he fell in a third-set tiebreaker to Fresno State's Rikus de Villiers.

For more information and results, please visit and the men's tennis page.

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