Zerbini and Dahan Enter 2010 NCAA Championships
May 6, 2010
BERKELEY - The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships on Thursday, May 6, with a pair of California men's tennis juniors among the field. No. 18-ranked Pedro Zerbini was one of 48 singles players to receive an at-large selection to the tournament; the first in his career. Zerbini earned his second selection to the doubles championship teamed with Jonathan Dahan. The pair of Golden Bears received one of 21 at-large bids to the doubles field as the No. 30-ranked duo in the nation.
The singles and doubles championships will be conducted May 26-31 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 21-25). The University of Georgia will serve as host. All matches (singles and doubles) will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships was awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete was the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players were required to have a record of a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships was awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team was the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams were required to have a record of a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Zerbini--who was recently named to the All-Pac-10 first team--has tallied 19 singles wins this season and has played exclusively at the top singles court where he has amassed a 14-4 mark. Dahan and Zerbini posted 12 wins together with seven coming at the top doubles court in dual matches.
Last year, Zerbini paired with Geoff Chizever to make an appearance in the doubles championship field. The Bears advanced to the round of 16 before falling in a tough three-set match to the No. 5-ranked team of Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg of Georgia.
The No. 17-ranked men's tennis team (12-7, 3-3 Pac-10) received its school-record 11th-consecutive selection to the NCAA championship tournament on Tuesday, May 4. The Bears will face Big West tournament champion UC Irvine (17-11, 3-2 Big West) in a 9 a.m. PT first-round match on Saturday, May 15, at the Los Angeles Tennis Center in Los Angeles. Ninth-seeded site-host UCLA (14-6, 4-2 Pac-10) draws Sacramento State (17-11, 7-1 Big Sky) in the other first-round match.