Golden Bears Upset No. 15 Arizona State In 4-3 Thriller
March 29, 2008
The No. 42 California men's tennis team (10-7, 2-0 Pac-10) pulled out a 4-3 upset of No. 15 Arizona State (12-2, 0-2 Pac-10) today at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley, Calif. The Golden Bears got the victory when junior Eoin Heavey came up with the clinching win against ASU's Harry Skinner on court three. The Cal win is the 200th career victory for head coach Peter Wright and is only the second time this season that the Bears have lost all three doubles matches only to come back to win on four singles courts.
As the only match to go three sets, Heavey forced Skinner into several errors to break the ASU serve in the third game of the third set. The break was all the Bears needed as the players held serve the rest of the way. In the 10th game, Heavey served to a 40-love advantage to give himself three match-points to work with. He only needed one as the next rally saw Skinner's hit glance off the tape and out of bounds, sewing up the victory for the Bears. Heavey initially won the first set 6-3 but withstood a furious Sun Devil comeback to hold on for the win after falling 7-5 in the second set.
After giving up the doubles point, the Bears jumped ahead of the Sun Devils when freshmen Bozhidar Katsarov and Pedro Zerbini each took wins on courts six and five respectively. Katsarov won first, defeating John Nanosky II 6-3, 6-3; then Zerbini won against T.J. Bellama 6-2, 6-2.The Devils came right back with a pair of wins on courts one and two to take a 3-2 lead in the team points. Senior Pierre Mouillon fell first on court two, to Matt Brooklyn by a 6-2, 6-1 count before sophomore No. 116 Kallim Stewart was defeated by No. 62 Andres Arango by a 6-3, 6-4 score.
With the match up for grabs, freshman Jonathan Dahan took charge on court four to down Juan Carlos Rebaza 6-2, 6-4 in order to set up a 3-3 match-tie and the deciding match on court three. Katsarov earned his team-high 26th singles win of the year and ties for the team lead with his five-match singles winning streak. The other Bear on a five-match streak is Zerbini who notched his 20th singles win of the year with his victory against Bellama.
The Bears head south next weekend to take on Pac-10 leaders No. 4 USC and No. 6 UCLA. The match against the Bruins will take place on Friday (April 4), 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Cal will then face the Trojans at the David X. Marks Tennis Stadium on Saturday (April 5) in a 1 p.m. start. Please check CalBears.com for more information and updates.
No. 42 California 4, No. 15 Arizona State 3
Mar. 29, 2008 | Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.
1. No. 53 Bellama/Brooklyn (ASU) def. Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) 8-5
2. Arango/Skinner (ASU) def. Heavey/Stewart (CAL) 8-4
3. Miller/Nanosky II (ASU) def. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1 (Arizona State wins doubles point)
1. No. 62 Andres Arango (ASU) def. No. 116 Kallim Stewart (CAL) 6-3, 6-4
2. Matt Brooklyn (ASU) def. Pierre Mouillon (CAL) 6-2, 6-1
3. Eoin Heavey (CAL) def. Harry Skinner (ASU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
4. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Juan Carlos Rebaza (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. T.J. Bellama (ASU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. John Nanosky II (ASU) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 5, 2, 1, 4, 3*
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