No. 15 Men's Tennis Grinds Out 5-2 Win Over No. 22 Huskies

April 10, 2010

BERKELEY - After enduring a trio of three-set matches and seven set-tiebreakers, the No. 15-ranked California men's tennis team (12-6, 3-2 Pac-10) prevailed in a 5-2 win against No. 22 Washington (16-5, 1-4) at the Hellman Tennis Complex on Saturday, April 10. The Golden Bears pushed past the Huskies as No. 16-ranked junior Pedro Zerbini secured Cal's fourth point of the day in his comeback 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over No. 65-ranked Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan on the top singles court.

Cal seized momentum by collecting the doubles point with a big win at court three. Freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Zerbini separated from the pack and earned an 8-4 win over Kyle McMorrow and Nedunchezhiyan at the top court to kick-start the Bears. After facing ties a four, five, and six-games all, the Huskies evened the score for the doubles point with a win at court two as Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl took out juniors Jonathan Dahan and Bozhidar Katsarov, 8-6, at court two. With all eyes on court three, sophomores Nick Andrews and Sky Lovill showed that their comeback from down, 4-1, was no fluke as they snapped a six-all tie to go up, 7-6, before finishing off the No. 65-ranked team of Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski, 8-6, to secure Cal's first point of the day.

The Huskies knotted the match at one-all with a point from No. 2 singles as No. 71-ranked Konigsfeldt dropped a 6-3, 7-6 match to McMorrow. Konigsfeldt forced the tiebreaker in the second, but was turned away, 7-4. The Bears came up, 2-1, on Andrews' win at No. 3 singles as he defeated Drabble, 7-6, 6-1. Andrews won the first set with a 7-3 score in the breaker. Cal went up, 3-1, as Katsarov finished off Obenaus in two long sets. Katsarov won the first set, 7-6, by nabbing a 10-8 score in the tiebreaker before holding off his Husky opponent for the 7-5 win in the second.

Washington responded once more to Cal's progress by getting a three-set win at court four. Kildahl bounced back after dropping his first set in a tiebreaker to win, 6-2, 6-4, over No. 116 Dahan. At the top court, Zerbini had to fight for every inch to force a third set after losing the first, 6-4, and coming back to win the second, 7-6, with a 7-4 score in the tiebreaker. Tied at three-games in the final set, Zerbini pulled away as he broke Nedunchezhiyan's serve to go up, 5-3, and clinched Cal's win with a 6-3 final. With the match decided, McLachlan tacked up Cal's fifth point as he edged Rosinski at court six in three sets, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6. McLachlan lost the first tiebreaker, 8-6, but prevailed when it counted most, 7-2, in the third-set tiebreaker.

The Bears conclude the regular season with a 1 p.m. PT home match against rival No. 7 Stanford (15-5, 4-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, April 17, at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Please check CalBears.com for more information.

No. 15 California 5, No. 22 Washington 2Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Saturday, April 10, 2010Doubles1. Konigsfeldt/Zerbini (CAL) def. McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) 8-42. Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) 8-63. Andrews/Lovill (CAL) def. No. 65 Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) 8-6Order of finish: 1, 2, 3* (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 16 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. No. 65 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-32. Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. No. 71 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) 6-3, 7-6(4)3. Nick Andrews (CAL) def. Derek Drabble (UW) 7-6(3), 6-14. Martin Kildahl (UW) def. No. 116 Jonathan Dahan (CAL) 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-45. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW) 7-6(8), 7-56. Riki McLachlan (CAL) def. Alex Rosinski (UW) 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(2)Order of finish: 2, 3, 5, 4, 1*, 6

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