No. 15 Cal Drops 4-3 Decision to No. 7 UCLA
Feb. 27, 2010
BERKELEY - The No. 15-ranked California men's tennis team (7-2) fell, 4-3, to No. 7 UCLA (6-2) on Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Hellman Tennis Complex. As the first of two scheduled matches this season, the outcome will not affect conference standings. Freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt earned one of three points for the Golden Bears as he secured his team-high 20th singles victory to maintain a 6-1 mark in dual matches.
UCLA edged Cal for the doubles point with wins on the first and third courts to go ahead, 1-0, in the match. Alex Brigham and Holden Seguso came off the courts first as they defeated junior Bozhidar Katsarov and freshman Riki McLachlan on court three, 8-2. The Bears' No. 22-ranked team of Konigsfeldt and sophomore Nick Andrews came up with an 8-5 win over Matt Brooklyn and Amit Inbar on court two next. But UCLA's team of Haythem Abid and Nick Meister prevailed, 8-6, on the top court over Cal's No. 33-ranked duo of juniors Jonathan Dahan and Pedro Zerbini to lock up the first point of the day.
While the Bruins pulled out to a 3-0 lead in the match, they needed every point to go their way in order to do so. Cal forced UCLA to first-set tiebreakers on three courts and stayed toe-to-toe with the Bruins much of the way. UCLA got its second point of the match when Inbar completed his 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 78 Dahan at court three and went up, 3-0, as No. 71 Abid defeated No. 31 Zerbini on the top court, 7-6, 6-3. The two combatants stayed point-for-point with each other in the first set but Abid came up with a 7-4 tiebreaker win.
No. 111 Konigsfeldt put together a 6-4, 6-4 win of his own to notch his 20th singles victory of the year and got the Bears on the board by taking out Seguso at court two. But moments later, UCLA ended Cal's hopes of another comeback victory as No. 48 Brooklyn clinched the win with a 7-6, 6-2 match against Katsarov on court five. Andrews went in the record books with his 18th singles win and gave the Bears their second point as No. 96 Meister retired after trailing, 3-2, in the second set. Meister edged Andrews for the first set with a 7-4 win in the tiebreaker. McLachlan ended the day with his three-set victory over Brigham at court six as he fought out a 7-3 win in the second set tiebreaker and a 10-7 win in the third-set super-tiebreaker.
The Bears look to get back on the winning track as they remain home to host No. 70 Utah at the Hellman Tennis Complex for a 1:30 p.m. PT match on Tuesday, March 2. Please visit CalBears.com for more information and live streaming video of all home matches.
No. 7 UCLA 4, No. 15 California 3Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010Doubles1. Abid/Meister (UCLA) def. No. 33 Dahan/Zerbini (CAL) 8-62. No. 22 Andrews/Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Brooklyn/Inbar (UCLA) 8-53. Brigham/Seguso (UCLA) def. Katsarov/McLachlan (CAL) 8-2Order of finish: 3, 2, 1* (UCLA wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 71 Haythem Abid (UCLA) def. No. 31 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) 7-6(4), 6-32. No. 111 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Holden Seguso (UCLA) 6-4, 6-43. Amit Inbar (UCLA) def. No. 78 Jonathan Dahan (CAL) 6-4, 6-44. Nick Andrews (CAL) def. No. 96 Nick Meister (UCLA) 6-7(2), 3-2 Ret.5. No. 48 Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 7-6(4), 6-26. Riki McLachlan (CAL) def. Alex Brigham (UCLA) 4-6, 7-6(3), 1-0(7)Order of finish: 3, 1, 2, 5*, 4, 6