Cal Freshmen Slated for Final Matches at Pac-10 Championships

April 26, 2008

OJAI, Calif. - California men's tennis freshman Bozhidar Katsarov won his 33rd singles match of the year when he forced UCLA's Josh Miller into retiring during the second set today at the 2008 Pac-10 Conference Tennis Championships at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club in Ojai, Calif. The second-seeded Katsarov won his first set by a 6-2 score and will face fourth-seeded Wes Miller of Arizona State in tomorrow's Men's Invitational Singles final beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Golden Bears also had two doubles teams in semifinal matches today. Fourth-seeded duo of junior Geoff Chizever and freshman Pedro Zerbini fell in the Pac-10 Doubles Championship semifinal to top-seeded Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof of USC by an 8-4 count. Farah and Van't Hof are the No. 2-ranked doubles team in the latest ITA NCAA Men's Tennis rankings. Chizever and Zerbini's two wins at the Pac-10 Championships give the duo their 20th and 21st victories of the year against only 10 losses.

In the Men's Invitational Doubles semifinal, Cal's third-seeded team of freshmen Jonathan Dahan and Katsarov won their match against Oregon's Francisco Gallardo and Stephen Wiechert and advanced to tomorrow's 12:30 p.m. final against USC's Jack Levis and Jason McNaughton.

After the Pac-10 Championships, the Bears will await NCAA Tournament selection announcements. Announcements will air between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, April 29, on ESPNews. Please check for updates and information.

For complete results and draw information from the 2008 Pac-10 Tennis Championships, please visit USTA TennisLink

Pac-10 Men's Singles Championship
Jonathan Dahan, Fr.
First round: lost to Gary Sacks (USC) 6-3, 6-3

Pierre Mouillon, Sr.
First round: lost to Jaak Poldma (USC) 6-3, 6-1

(7) Kallim Stewart, So.
First round: def. Pat Metham (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-2
Round of 16: lost to Jeremy Drean (UCLA) 7-6(5), 6-3

Pedro Zerbini, Fr.
First round: def. (8) Andres Arango (ASU) 6-2 1-0(Ret. inj)
Round of 16: def. Blake Muller (STAN) 6-4, 7-6(4)
Quarterfinal: lost to (1) Robert Farah (USC) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

Pac-10 Men's Invitational Singles
Geoff Chizever, Jr.
First round: def. Ryo Sekiguchi (WASH) 7-5, 6-1
Round of 16: lost to (4) Wes Miller (ASU) 6-4, 6-2

Zach Gilbert, Fr.
First round: lost to Romeo Mortera (ORE) 6-3, 7-5

Nicolai Horgen, Jr.
First round: lost to Jack Levis (USC) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

(2) Bozhidar Katsarov, Fr.
First round: def. Bradley Bator (WASH) 6-1, 6-3
Round of 16: def. Paul Morrissey (STAN) 6-3, 7-5
Quarterfinal: def. Andrew Piotrowski (USC) 3-6, 7-6, 7-6
Semifinal: def. Josh Miller (UCLA) 6-2, 0-6(Ret. inj.)
Final: vs. (4) Wes Miller (ASU) - 9:30 a.m. (Sunday)

Pac-10 Men's Doubles Championship
(4) Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini
Round of 16: def. Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (WASH) 9-7
Quarterfinal: def. Embry/Mortera (ORE) 8-3
Semifinal: lost to (1) Farah/Van't Hof (USC) 8-4

Pierre Mouillon and Kallim Stewart
Round of 16: lost to (2) Bellama/Brooklyn (ASU) 8-5

Pac-10 Men's Invitational Doubles
(3) Jonathan Dahan and Bozhidar Katsarov
Round of 16: def. Cochrane/Zimmer (ARIZ) 8-5
Quarterfinal: def. Kaiser/Morrissey (STAN) 8-3
Semifinal: def. Gallardo/Wiechert (ORE) 8-4
Final: vs. Levis/McNaughton (USC) - 12:30 p.m. (Sunday)

Zach Gilbert and Nicolai Horgen
Round of 16: lost to Levis/McNaughton (USC) 9-7

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