Men's Tennis Heads to Fresno State Bulldog Classic

Oct. 2, 2008

BERKELEY - The California men's tennis team takes its show on the road this weekend (Oct. 3-5) for a three-day singles and doubles tournament at the 15th annual Fresno State Bulldog Classic held on the courts of the Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno, Calif. The Golden Bears will face top competition from nine other schools including host Fresno State. The other competing schools are Cal Poly, Fresno Pacific, Nevada, Pacific, San Francisco, UC Irvine, USC and Washington.

Cal has had a couple of weeks off from competition since opening with the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic and will send 10 players to the California Central Valley. Bears competing this weekend include redshirt sophomore Andy Chirita, senior Geoff Chizever, sophomore Jonathan Dahan, sophomore Zach Gilbert, sophomore Bozhidar Katsarov, sophomore Jonathan Kroopf, freshman Sky Lovill, freshman Evan Rose, freshman Thai Tu and sophomore Pedro Zerbini. Zerbini enters the weekend as the top-seeded singles player in main draw field of 32.

Last year at the Bulldog Classic, Katsarov got his first collegiate victory and turned it into a four-match winning streak that would help him capture the championship in the second flight when he defeated Pacific's Artem Gramma 6-4, 6-2. Junior Kallim Stewart and Zerbini each fought their way through a tough field in the main draw, both bowing out to competition in the quarterfinal. Stewart dropped straight sets to San Diego's Dean Jackson, 6-4, 7-5 and Zerbini lost to Washington's Andy Kuharszsky 6-1, 6-4.

In doubles play, the duo of since-departed senior Ken Nakahara and Gilbert were able to rack up enough wins to represent Cal in the second flight doubles final where they fell to UC Davis' Reiser/Elefant, 8-4. In the main flight, Chizever and Zerbini advanced to the doubles semifinal before Fresno State's pair of Fafek and Leiby won with an 8-4 score.

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