Bears Top SMU, 4-2
March 17, 2007
PEBBLE BEACH - The California men's tennis team increased its current winning streak to five matches after it beat SMU, 4-2, Saturday afternoon in Pebble Beach, Calif. The Golden Bears won four of the five singles matches that finished after dropping the doubles point.
It was a comeback effort for Cal (8-4), as the Mustangs jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Senior Tyler Browne earned the match-clinching victory for the Bears as he beat David Kuczer, 7-6, 4-6, 6-0.
'It was a good comeback for us, we worked hard today,' Cal head coach Peter Wright said. 'SMU is a strong team; we were down 2-0 early. We got some solid performances today. We had great senior leadership once again from our captain Tyler Browne who clinched the match for us.'
Along with Browne, Heavey and juniors Pierre Mouillon and Ken Nakahara all won in singles. Mouillon, currently ranked No. 23 in the ITA singles rankings, notched a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Alex Skrypko. Nakahara also won in straight sets with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Adolfo Solares. After dropping the first set in his match against Olvin Alver, Heavey came back to win the next two sets by the score of 6-3 to take the match.
Although SMU won the doubles point, the team of Heavey and sophomore Geoff Chizever won on court three, as the Cal duo got the best of Kuczer and Solares, 8-3.
The Bears head to Hawaii next weekend for three matches. The first of which will be against San Diego State on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. (HT).
No. 23 Pierre Mouillon, Cal d. Alex Skrypko, SMU 6-4, 6-3
Tyler Browne, Cal d. David Kuczer, SMU 7-6, 4-6, 6-0
Daniel Sebescen, Cal vs. Federico Murgier, SMU did not finish
Eoin Heavey, Cal d. Olvin Alver, SMU 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Robin Fahgen, SMU d. Kallim Stewart, Cal 6-4, 6-3
Ken Nakahara, Cal d. Adolfo Solares, SMU 6-2, 6-1
Skrypko/Murgier, SMU d. Browne/John Pettit, Cal 8-6
Alver/Fahgen, SMU d. Mouillon/Sebescen, Cal 8-3
Heavey/Geoff Chizever, Cal d. Kuczer/Solares, SMU 8-3