Men's Tennis Outlasts Fresno State for 4-3 Win
Feb. 3, 2010
The California men's tennis team (5-1) handed Fresno State (5-1) its first loss of the season as the Golden Bears claimed a 4-3 victory on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Hellman Tennis Complex. No. 33-ranked junior Jonathan Dahan split sets at court three before he turned on the jets for a 6-2 third-set win over Tejesvi Veerepalli to clinch the victory for Cal.
The Bears claimed the doubles point with wins on all three courts. Dahan teamed with fellow junior Pedro Zerbini to finish off the No. 36-ranked team of Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers at the top court, 8-4, to give Cal the leg up in the doubles competition. Shortly thereafter, junior Bozhidar Katsarov and freshman Riki McLachlan sealed the first point of the match for the Bears with their 8-4 win against Siddarth Alapati and Veerepalli at court three. With the point decided, Cal's No. 49-ranked tandem of sophomore Nick Andrews and freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt recorded a 7-4 win in the tiebreaker for a 7-6 victory over the 20th-ranked team of Taylor Leiby and Mirko Zapletal.
The Bulldogs pulled the score into a one-all tie to open singles matches as No. 83-ranked David Ayoun finished up a 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 98 Katsarov at court five. The Bears responded to take the lead once more as McLachlan took apart Alapti in a 6-3, 6-2 win on court six. Cal pushed for the 3-1 lead as No. 106 Konigsfeldt defeated de Villiers at court two in three sets. Konigsfeldt won, 7-5, in the first, before dropping the second, 6-3; then came back and won the final set by a 6-3 count.
Fresno State continued to push back as Zapletal took out Zerbini in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, at the top court. After dropping his first set, 6-0, Andrews fought back to take a 7-6 win over Boutillier in the second; registering a 7-5 win in the tiebreaker. The two went to the wire in the third but Boutillier prevailed with a 7-5 win in the final set to pull the Bulldogs into a three-all tie.
At No. 3 singles, No. 33-ranked Dahan was up a set and led, 5-3, in the second before Veerepalli went on a hot streak to win the next five games. With a 1-0 lead in the third set, Veerepalli was on the verge of breaking Dahan's serve but Dahan responded to force deuce before going on a five-game tear of his own. Veerepalli won one more game before Dahan sealed the deal with a 6-2 win in the third set to give the Bears the win.
Cal will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 7, as the Bears take on No. 42 Hawaii (5-1) in a 1 p.m. PT match at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Live streaming video will be available via links at CalBears.com.
No. 33 California 4, No. 46 Fresno State 3Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010Doubles1. Dahan/Zerbini (CAL) def. No. 36 Boutillier/de Villiers (FSU) 8-42. No. 49 Andrews/Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. No. 20 Leiby/Zapletal (FSU) 7-6(4)3. Katsarov/McLachlan (CAL) def. Alapati/Veerepalli (FSU) 8-4Order of finish: 1, 3*, 2 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. Mirko Zapletal (FSU) def. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) 3-6, 6-4, 6-42. No. 106 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Rikus de Villiers (FSU) 7-5, 3-6, 6-33. No. 33 Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Tejesvi Veerepalli (FSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-24. Remi Boutillier (FSU) def. Nick Andrews (CAL) 6-0, 6-7(5), 7-55. No. 83 David Ayoun (FSU) def. No. 98 Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 7-5, 6-26. Riki McLachlan (CAL) def. Siddarth Alapati (FSU) 6-3, 6-2Order of finish: 5, 6, 2, 1, 4, 3*