Golden Bears Buck Broncos in 7-0 Romp

Jan. 26, 2010

BERKELEY - Down, 8-7, and facing two match-points at 40-15, the No. 49-ranked California men's tennis doubles team of sophomore Nick Andrews and freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt fought back to break the Bronco serve and force a tiebreaker. The two Golden Bears continued the offensive onslaught and earned a 4-0 advantage against Brian Brogan and Jay Wong in the breaker before sealing the doubles point with a 7-2 win. The momentum gained from the victory propelled Cal (3-0) to its third consecutive win as it defeated Santa Clara (2-1), 7-0, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Hellman Tennis Complex.

The Bears' top doubles team of juniors Jonathan Dahan and Pedro Zerbini broke away from a five-all tie in their match to earn an 8-6 win over Kyle Dandan and Nicolas Vinel. Knotted at seven-all, junior Bozhidar Katsarov and freshman Riki McLachlan dropped their last two games to Grant Fleming and Andrew Kells at No. 3 doubles to even the score for the doubles point.

Cal cleared the board in the first set of all singles matches but received a strong fight from the Broncos. No. 106-ranked Konigsfeldt came off the courts first as he completed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Brogan at court three to give the Bears a 2-0 lead in the match. No. 33-ranked Dahan finished shortly thereafter as he took out Kells, 6-2, 6-3, at court two. No. 98-ranked Katsarov had the honor of sealing the Cal victory with his 7-5, 6-4 win against Wong at No. 4 singles.

With the match decided, Zerbini took out Dandan in a third-set tiebreaker, 11-9, after splitting the first two sets, 7-6, 4-6. Zerbini earned a 7-3 tiebreaker win in the first set. McLachlan gave the Bears their sixth point of the day as he knocked off Tom Pham at court six, 6-4, 7-6, with a 7-3 score in the tiebreaker. Andrews split sets with Vinel on court five but came through with a 6-4 win in the third too complete Cal's 7-0 victory.

The Bears head to Austin, Texas, for the 2010 ITA Kick-Off Weekend event hosted by No. 8-ranked Texas. Cal will face No. 40 Texas Tech (2-0) on Saturday, Jan. 30 in an 8 a.m. PT match at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Texas (1-0) and Middle Tennessee State (0-0) will play at 11 a.m. The winners of each match will move on to face each other in an 11 a.m. match on Sunday, Jan. 31, for the right to advance to the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., Feb. 12-15.

No. 33 California 7, Santa Clara 0Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010Doubles1. Dahan/Zerbini (CAL) def. Dandan/Vinel (SCU) 8-62. No. 49 Andrews/Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Brogan/Wong (SCU) 9-8(2)3. Fleming/Kells (SCU) def. Katsarov/McLachlan (CAL) 9-7Order of finish: 1, 3, 2* (California wins doubles point)Singles1. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Kyle Dandan (SCU) 7-6(3), 4-6, 1-0(9)2. No. 33 Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Andrew Kells (SCU) 6-2, 6-33. No. 106 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Brian Brogan (SCU) 6-2, 6-24. No. 98 Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Jay Wong (SCU) 7-5, 6-45. Nick Andrews (CAL) def. Nicolas Vinel (SCU) 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-46. Riki McLachlan (CAL) def. Tom Pham (SCU) 6-4, 7-6(3)Order of finish: 3, 2, 4*, 1, 6, 5

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