California Men's Tennis Opens Dual Play Against No. 23 Tulsa and No. 11 Oklahoma State

Jan. 18, 2008


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BEAR NOTES: The University of California men's tennis team opens the spring season on the road with dual matches against No. 23 Tulsa and No. 11 Oklahoma State. Both matches will be played in Tulsa, Okla. at the David E. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa. The Golden Bears come into the weekend with the nation's No. 39 ranking according to the most recent ITA poll of men's collegiate tennis teams. After opening the dual season this weekend, the Bears will return home to host Nevada-Reno and St. Mary's in back-to-back dual matches on Sat. Jan. 26, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively.

FALL 2007 TOURNAMENTS: The Golden Bears emerged from the fall tournament season with a 64-46 record in singles matches, and notching 25 wins in doubles play. In solo competition, freshman Bozhidar Katsarov led all bears with 13 wins and only four losses on his way to claiming titles at the 2007 Fresno State Bulldog Classic and at Cal Chandler Cup. Katsarov's four consecutive victories in Seattle, Wash. also helped him to advance to the singles quarterfinal at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championships. Senior captain Ken Nakahara had 10 wins including five-straight to capture the Blue Flight title at the Chandler Cup. Nakahara was also able to advance to the round of 32 at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship. In doubles play, the duo of junior Geoff Chizever and freshman Pedro Zerbini experienced the most success, advancing to the semifinal at the 2007 Bulldog Classic before getting to the quarterfinal at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship. The pair also won the Chandler Cup doubles title with four strong wins to close out the fall season.

HEAD COACH Peter Wright: Considered one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Peter Wright's coaching talent hasn't gone unnoticed. Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2001 and in 1997, he received his first coaching award in 1994 when he was named Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year for guiding the Bears back to postseason play after Cal had missed the Big Dance the previous two seasons. Wright has compiled a 190-137 (.581) career record during his tenure in Berkeley. Last season, with a 14-10 overall record (4-3 Pac-10, tied for third), the Bears made their eighth consecutive postseason appearance in the NCAA Tournament, 13th of the 14 years under Wright's guidance. A four-year letterman during his collegiate career at Cal, Wright worked his way to the No. 1 singles and doubles positions in the Bears lineup before joining the men's professional tour in 1986.

HOLDING COURT - NO. 23 TULSA: The Golden Bears have only faced Tulsa once in school-history, losing 5-2 in 2007. The Golden Hurricanes are led by senior Ricardo Soriano who currently holds the No. 44 ranking in the nation.

HOLDING COURT - NO. 11 OKLAHOMA STATE: Cal holds a 2-0 record against Oklahoma State, last defeating the Cowboys in 1998 by a score of 4-2. The Cowboys are led by freshman phenom No. 29 Oleksandr Nedovyesov.

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