No. 13 Golden Bears Drop 6-1 Decision to No. 7 Cardinal

April 17, 2010

BERKELEY - No. 19-ranked California men's tennis junior Pedro Zerbini put away an upset victory over No. 9 Bradley Klahn to give the Golden Bears (12-7, 3-3 Pac-10) their only point as Cal fell, 6-1, to No. 7 Stanford (18-5, 5-1 Pac-10) at the Hellman Tennis Complex on Saturday, April 17. No. 12 UCLA defeated No. 4 USC, 4-3, yesterday (April 16), to give the Trojans their only conference loss of the season and allowed the Cardinal to claim a share of the Pac-10 title with its win over the Bears.

Stanford swept all three doubles courts to claim the first point of the day. The No. 46-ranked tandem of Alex Clayton and Richard Wire took an 8-3 win over Cal's junior duo of Jonathan Dahan and Bozhidar Katsarov on court two to get the Cardinal rolling. Stanford secured the first point of the day when Matt Kandath and Denis Lin recorded an 8-3 win of their own over sophomores Nick Andrews and Sky Lovill at court three. The sweep was completed as the nation's No. 3-ranked team of Klahn and Ryan Thacher defeated freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Zerbini, 8-5, at the top court.

Senior Bijan Hejazi received a surprise spot in the lineup from head coach Peter Wright as a part of Senior Day and was paired against a familiar foe in Greg Hirshman at court six. Hejazi fought out a tough match but surrendered the first singles match of the day to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead. At court two, No. 79 Thacher took out No. 95 Konigsfeldt, 6-2, 6-3, to put Stanford in front by three points. After barely getting edged in the first set, Andrews couldn't force a split with No. 49 Clayton as the Cardinal clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win at court three.

With the outcome decided, Stanford posted a fifth point as Wire defeated Katsarov, 6-4, 7-5, at court five. On the top court, Zerbini won his first set, 6-4, but Klahn responded to push the second set to the edge. Klahn prevailed in a set-tiebreaker, 7-5, but didn't fare as well in the match tiebreaker as Zerbini completed his victory with a 10-5 win to put Cal on the board. At court four, Lin won his first set and had Dahan down in the second but Dahan responded to force a tiebreaker and won it, 9-7. In the match tiebreaker, Dahan fought his way to an eight-all tie but Lin claimed the final two points to win, 10-8, and give the Cardinal a 6-1 victory.

The Bears will head to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 singles and doubles championships next weekend (April 22-24). For more information, please visit CalBears.com and Pac-10.org.

No. 7 Stanford 6, No. 13 California 1Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Saturday, April 17, 2010Doubles1. No. 3 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) def. Konigsfeldt/Zerbini (CAL) 8-52. No. 46 Clayton/Wire (STAN) def. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) 8-33. Kandath/Lin (STAN) def. Andrews/Lovill (CAL) 8-3Order of finish: 2, 3*, 1 (Stanford wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 19 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. No. 9 Bradley Klahn (STAN) 6-4, 6-7(5), 1-0(5)2. No. 79 Ryan Thacher (STAN) def. No. 95 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) 6-2, 6-33. No. 49 Alex Clayton (STAN) def. Nick Andrews (CAL) 7-5, 6-24. Denis Lin (STAN) def. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) 6-2, 6-7(7), 1-0(8)5. Richard Wire (STAN) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 6-4, 7-56. Greg Hirshman (STAN) def. Bijan Hejazi (CAL) 6-0, 6-0Order of finish: 6, 2, 3*, 5, 1, 4

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