Cal Takes On Arizona Schools This Weekend
Feb. 21, 2007
The California men's tennis team stays in Berkeley this weekend and will square off against Arizona on Friday, Feb. 23, and Arizona State Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Hellman Tennis Center. The Bears snapped their four-match losing streak last Saturday when they shut out UC Santa Barbara, 7-0, at the Berkeley Tennis Club. Following the weekend matches against the Pac-10 foes from the desert, Cal heads to Southern California, where it will compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles tournament from March 2-4, in La Jolla, Calif.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Arizona, who was idle last weekend, comes to Berkeley with a record of 2-4. The Wildcats snapped a four-match losing streak with a victory over Louisiana Lafayette, 4-3, on Feb. 11. Arizona State comes to the Bay Area with a 6-0 record. This weekend marks for the first road trip of the dual season for ASU. The Sun Devils were also idle last weekend like Arizona. On Feb. 10, ASU knocked off Georgia Tech, 4-3, in its last match.
AGAINST THE ARIZONA SCHOOLS LAST YEAR:
The Bears won all four matches against the Arizona schools last year in a decisive manner. The closest score was a 5-2 victory by Cal against the Wildcats in Tucson. The Bears shut out Arizona State the next day. In Berkeley, Cal blanked Arizona, 6-0, and defeated the Sun Devils, 5-1.
BEARS SHUT OUT GAUCHOS:
Cal won all six singles matches in straight sets against UC Santa Barbara. Geoff Chizever was one of three Bears to win in singles and doubles. In doubles, Chizever and sophomore Eoin Heavey beat Bijan Hejazi and Max Taylor, 8-4. Heavey also beat Taylor in singles, 6-0, 6-3. The other Cal player to win two matches was senior Tyler Browne. Browne and fellow senior John Pettit beat Anders Dalskov and Grant Robertson, 8-6. Browne faced Dalskov later in singles on court two and Browne once again came away with the victory, 6-2. 6-4. On the No. 1 court, junior Pierre Mouillon knocked off Hejazi, 6-4. 6-4.
After missing most of the fall campaign due to injury, Tyler Browne has had a strong start to the spring season. Although Cal has lost its last four out of five matches, the Bears have seen success from Browne through his first eight dual matches. In addition to his two wins against UCSB, the weekend before, Browne won three of his four matches in Tulsa, and he has won four of his seven singles matches since returning to action.
GREAT FALL FOR MOUILLON:
In three tournaments during the fall campaign, the highlight for Cal was the performance of junior Pierre Mouillon. His 12 singles wins were the most for the Bears. He also advanced the furthest for Cal in the ITA Northwest Regional, (semifinals), and was the only Bear to advance past the first round in the All-American Championships qualifying bracket. Prior to the four wins he picked up in the regional and the six in the championships, Mouillon, a transfer from Mississippi State, also won two of his three matches in the Napa Valley Tennis Classic in September. One of Mouillon's losses this fall was to the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the All-American Championships.
A LOOK AT MOUILLON AND SEBESCEN'S DOUBLES TITLE:
After a slow start to the fall season, Daniel Sebescen and Pierre Mouillon racked up five wins in the ITA Northwest Regional to win the doubles tournament. Their title run culminated with an 8-3 victory over host-Stanford's Blake Muller and Paul Morrissey. The closest match of the weekend for the Bears was their first-round contest with Gabriel Loredo and Hague Van Dillen of Sacramento State. The Hornets fell to the Cal duo, 8-6. Following the opening-round victory, Sebescen and Mouillon then defeated Kevin McQuaid and Blane Shield of Santa Clara, 8-3, in the round of 16. They followed that win with a pair of 8-5 victories over Michael Ricks and Patrick Fischer of Washington and Cal Poly's Matt Raca and Kyle Roybal to send them into the finals.