Six Bears Advance to Third Round at Wilson/ITA Regional

Oct. 17, 2008

BERKELEY - The California men's tennis team came away with 11 wins after the first day of play at the 2008 Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships on the courts of the Hellman Tennis Complex. With 128 of the top men's tennis singles players in the ITA West-North Region battling through two rounds of play, the Golden Bears sent six players to tomorrow's (Oct. 18) round of 32.

Geoff Chizever got his first singles win of the year and was one of two Bears to claim two victories on the day. The senior from Tarzana, Calif. fought back after dropping his opening set, 6-4, to San Francisco's Einer Hart to take the second, 6-4, and the third in thrilling, 7-6 fashion. After forcing the tiebreaker, Chizever put a 7-1 win in the books before getting a 6-3, 7-6(5) win over Lucas Tirelli of St. Mary's in the round of 64. Freshman Thai Tu cruised in his first round match to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kristian Kuharsky but needed every point in a three-set (7-6, 6-7, 6-4) victory over Fresno State's Remi Boutillier.

The rest of Cal's second-round winners were seeded players with first-round byes including fourth-seeded sophomore No. 64 Kallim Stewart, who took a 6-1, 6-2, win over Taylor Leiby of Fresno State. Sophomore Jonathan Dahan took his ninth-seed into the third round with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Mikael Myrhed from Oregon. Sophomores Bozhidar Katsarov (6-3, 6-1 over Steven Dawson of St. Mary's) and Pedro Zerbini (6-4, 6-3 over Flavio Mollinedo of Fresno State) each also won their matches to advance to the round of 32.

A trio of Cal freshmen couldn't escape the first round as Jon Kroopf, Matthew Elefant and Tommie Murphy each fell in their first matches. Fellow frosh Sky Lovill edged out San Francisco's Alex Kotivar in a first-set tiebreaker but lost his second set, 6-0. Lovill turned his game around in the third and reclaimed a 6-0 win to advance but once again ran into trouble, falling in three to Achim Christner of St. Mary's, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Sophomores Zach Gilbert (6-4, 6-3 over Nick Wales of Portland) and Andy Chirita (6-2, 6-0 over Holden Ching of Sacramento State) each won their first round matches but fell in their second round matchups. Chirita faltered in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Washington's No. 74 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan while Gilbert absorbed a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Kiryl Harbatsiuk of Sacramento State.

Play continues with doubles play at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 18), which will endure two rounds with fields of 64 and 32. The singles draw will also be whittled down to 16 players as the round of 32 takes place along with the first round of singles consolation matches.

For complete draws, schedule of play, and results, please visit the men's tennis page and click on the Tournament Central button or point your browser to and search for tournament identification No. 5185640.

Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships - Oct. 17, 2008Hellman Tennis Complex & Channing Tennis Courts | Berkeley, Calif.

SinglesFirst Round (128)Nikoloz Kurdadze (POR) def. Jon Kroopf (CAL) 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-0Sky Lovill (CAL) def. Alex Kotlyar (USF) 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-0Zach Gilbert (CAL) def. Nick Wales (POR) 6-4, 6-3Andy Chirita (CAL) def. Holden Ching (SAC) 6-2, 6-0Geoff Chizever (CAL) def. Einar Hart (USF) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)Geoff Hernandez (POR) def. Matthew Elefant (CAL) 6-2, 6-2Thai Tu (CAL) def. Kristian Kuharsky (NEV) 6-2, 6-3Augustin Myard (NEV) def. Tommie Murphy (CAL) 6-2, 6-4

Second Round (64)No. 64 Kallim Stewart (CAL) def. Taylor Leiby (FSU) 6-1, 6-2No. 74 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Andy Chirita (CAL) 6-3, 6-2Achim Christner (SMC) def. Sky Lovill (CAL) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Mikael Myrhed (UO) 6-0, 6-2Kiryl Harbatsiuk (SAC) def. Zach Gilbert (CAL) 6-4, 6-3Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Steven Dawson (SMC) 6-3, 6-1Geoff Chizever (CAL) def. Lucas Tirelli (SMC) 6-3, 7-6(5)Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Flavio Mollinedo (FSU) 6-4, 6-3Thai Tu (CAL) def. Remi Boutillier (FSU) 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-4

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