Cal Men's Tennis Goes Seven Up On First Day Of Napa Valley Classic

Sept. 8, 2007

ST. HELENA, CALIF. - The California men's tennis team kicked off the 2007-08 season with a strong showing at the 2007 Napa Valley Tennis Classic in St. Helena, Calif. Facing the North Carolina Tarheels in the first of three rounds, seven Golden Bears won singles matches and the duo of junior Geoff Chizever and freshman Pedro Zerbini won their doubles match.

After falling one set back, senior Pierre Mouillon battled back to win his match. Senior captain Ken Nakahara won the tie-breaker in his first set and finished off his opponent with a 6-1 second set. Freshman Zach Gilbert breezed through his two set match winning 6-2, 6-3. Freshmen Jonathan Dahan and Pedro Zerbini, junior Nicolai Horgen and sophomore Kallim Stewart also put up victories for the Bears who went 7-2 in singles play.

As tandems, the Bears didn't fare quite as well as they did as individuals. Three of four Golden Bears doubles matches ended in defeat to the Tarheels with the only victorious decision going to Chizever and Zerbini.

The Classic hosts four teams this year including defending NCAA champion Georgia. Joining Cal, Georgia and North Carolina is USC. The three-day event includes a round-robin style tournament with matches continuing Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and concluding at noon Sunday.

Friday Singles Results:
USC Andrew Piotrowski d. UGA Chris Motes 7-5;6-3
UGA Drake Bernstein d. USC Jack Levis 6-4;7-6(12))
USC Gary Sacks d. UGA Josh Varela 6-1;6-1
USC Kaes Van't Hof d. UGA Christian Vitulli 7-6(3);6-7(5);6-3
UGA Jamie Hunt d. USC Jaak Poldma 6-3;6-1
UGA Nate Schnugg d. USC Robert Farah 7-6(2);6-4
CAL Pierre Mouillon d. UNC Clay Donato 4-6;7-5;6-4
CAL Ken Nakahara d. UNC David Stone 7-6(3);6-1
UNC Chris Kearney d. CAL Bozhidar Katsarov 6-3;6-4
CAL Zach Gilbert d. UNC Trystan Heinrich 6-2;6-3
CAL Nicolai Horgen d. UNC Lenny Gullan 7-5;6-2
CAL Jonathan Dahan d. UNC Ben Carlotti 6-4;6-4
CAL Pedro Zerbini d. UNC Karl Wishart 4-6;7-6(4);6-3
UNC Kyle Baker d. CAL Geoff Chizever 6-7(6);7-5;7-5
CAL Kallim Stewart d. UNC Will Plyler 6-2;2-6;6-4

Friday Doubles Results:
USC Kaes Van't Hof - USC Robert Farah d. UGA Jamie Hunt - UGA Nate Schnugg 8-6
USC Jaak Poldma - USC Jack Levis d. UGA Christian Vitulli - UGA Josh Varela 8-6
UGA Chris Motes - UGA Drake Bernstein d. USC Andrew Piotrowski - USC Gary Sacks 9-8(5)
CAL Geoff Chizever - CAL Pedro Zerbini d. UNC Clay Donato - UNC David Stone 9-8(4)
UNC Lenny Gullan - UNC Trystan Heinrich d. CAL Kallim Stewart - CAL Nicolai Horgen 8-4
UNC Ben Carlotti - UNC Chris Kearney d. CAL Bozhidar Katsarov - CAL Ken Nakahara 9-7
UNC Sandeep Daiya - UNC Will Plyler d. CAL Jonathan Dahan - CAL Zach Gilbert 8-6

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