Cal Heads to Pebble Beach After Sweeping Stanford

March 14, 2007


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The California men's tennis team, fresh off its 7-0 sweep over Stanford last Saturday, travels to Pebble Beach this weekend. The Golden Bears will face SMU on Saturday, March 17, and USF on Sunday, March 18. The following weekend, Cal (7-4) will head to Hawaii for three matches.

SMU (6-6) won its last match against Columbia, 4-3. It was a win the Mustangs needed, as they had lost their previous four out of five matches. All four losses came against top-25 teams (Minnesota, Baylor, VCU and Tulsa). The other recent win SMU got was a victory at TCU. USF (7-5) won two matches in Southern California last weekend. The Dons beat Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, both by the score of 4-3. After dropping its first match to BYU, USF then went on to win its next four in a row.

Cal extended its winning streak to four with a 7-0 shutout against Stanford last Saturday. The Golden Bears won five of the singles matches in straight sets. On the No. 1 court, No. 23 Pierre Mouillon defeated Richard Wire, 7-6, 7-6. Neither player led by more than one game in either set. On the No. 2 court, Tyler Browne beat Erick McKean, 7-6, 4-6, 1-0. Browne trailed 5-3 in the first set, but rallied to win the next four out of five games to take the set. After losing the second set, Browne won the third-set tiebreaker to win the match. Freshman Kallim Stewart earned the match-clinching victory with a win over Jeff Zeller, 6-4, 6-4. The first singles win of the day came on the sixth court where junior Ken Nakahara handled Dave Ryan, 6-1, 6-1.The Bears got started winning two of the three doubles matches. On the No. 1 court, Browne and John Pettit beat Blake Muller and Kevin Kaiser, 8-2.Sophomore Geoff Chizever and Eoin Heavey wrapped up the doubles point for Cal on the third court, as they defeated McKean and Jeff Zeller, 8-4.

Ken Nakahara has been an important factor in Cal's success this season. The Bears have yet to lose a match when Nakahara wins his singles match. In his last match, his quick victory against Stanford helped keep the momentum in Cal's favor. All of Nakahara's singles wins have been in straight sets, some of which have been blowouts. He defeated UC Santa Barbara's Grant Robertson, 6-0, 6-1, to start his four-match winning streak. Another recent lopsided win for Nakahara was a 6-2, 6-1 win over Murilo Souza of Arizona State.

Another Bear who has been on fire in recent weeks has been Eoin Heavey. Heavey, like Ken Nakahara, has seen his team win every time he leaves his singles court victorious. Heavey is on a four-match winning streak, which began with a 6-0, 6-3 win over UCSB's Max Taylor. Heavey, who has primarily played on the No. 4 court this season, has also seen some succes on the third court as well. The win over Taylor and a 6-4, 6-3 win against Arizona's Ravid Hezi both came on the No. 3 court. In doubles, Heavey is on a three-match winning streak with sophomore Geoff Chizever.

After missing most of the fall campaign due to injury, Tyler Browne has had a strong spring season thus far. Browne has played a big role in the Bears' current four-match winning streak. His 8-3 singles record is tied for the team best, and Browne is also on a six-match winning streak. Three of his last four singles matches were decisive, straight-set victories. His victory against Stanford last week completed the sweep for Cal. In doubles, him and John Pettit have the best record on the team (5-3), playing on the No. 1 court.

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.

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.

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