Zerbini and Dahan Earn Spots in Round of 16 at Wilson/ITA Regional

Oct. 18, 2008

BERKELEY - California men's tennis sophomores Pedro Zerbini and Jonathan Dahan each claimed a spot in the singles round of 16 today at the 2008 Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships on the courts of the Hellman Tennis Complex. What began as a field of 128 of the top men's tennis singles players in the ITA West-North Region has been whittled down to just 16 after three rounds of play. The Golden Bears also placed three doubles teams into the round of 16.

Zerbini got a 6-3, 6-2, win over Washington's Martin Kildahl in the round of 32 to advance while Dahan claimed a 6-3, 7-5, victory against Santa Clara's Jay Wong in his round of 32 match. The two sophomores were just a third of the Cal players in the round of 32. The other four didn't fare quite as well as the second-year Bears. Junior No. 64-ranked Kallim Stewart was eliminated from play by Kiryl Harbatsiuk of Sacramento State in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Senior Geoff Chizever had his run in the singles field ended at two wins as he fell 6-3, 6-0, to Stanford's Bradley Klahn and freshman Thai Tu couldn't pull off tiebreaker magic like he did on day one as he bowed out to Sacramento State's Anton Stryhas in a 6-3, 7-6(5) decision. Sophomore Bozhidar Katsarov also couldn't escape the round of 32 as Tu's brother, Thong, from San Francisco claimed a 7-6(3), 7-5, win.

The first round of doubles play saw opponents lay three Bear duos to waste save one winning team in Stewart and Tu as they got an 8-4 win over Jimmy Roberts and Joe De Guzman of Sacramento State. Freshmen Matthew Elefant and Nick Andrews lost to Rainer Nachbauer and Thong Tu of San Francisco while sophomores Andy Chirita and Zach Gilbert fell to Nevada's Alex Daruty and Kristian Kuharsky, each in 8-4 matches. Cal's other freshman duo of Tommie Murphy and Sky Lovill also lost their opening-round match, 8-5, to Oregon's Ayrton Wibowo and Marco Verdasco.

In the round of 32, Stewart and Tu continued their streak with an 8-4 win over St. Mary's team of Andrea Zannoni and Yousef El Bouzkouri while Cal's two seeded doubles teams turned first-round byes into second-round wins. Fifth-seeded Katsarov and Dahan took an 8-2 win over Artur Klimenka and Jason Smith of Sacramento State and second-seeded Chizever and Zerbini got a dominating 8-1 win over Roman Dojcak and Scott Sullivan of Gonzaga.

Play continues with round of 16 doubles matches at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 19). 16 singles players will vie for a spot in the semifinal with two rounds of singles play. The singles consolation bracket will endure three rounds of play to arrive at a final four.

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

Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships - Oct. 18, 2008Hellman Tennis Complex & Channing Tennis Courts | Berkeley, Calif.

SinglesRound of 32Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Martin Killdahl (UW) 6-3, 6-2Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Jay Wong (SCU) 6-3, 7-5Kiryl Harbatsiuk (SAC) def. Kallim Stewart (CAL) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4Thong Tu (USF) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 7-6(3), 7-5Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. Geoff Chizever (CAL) 6-3, 6-0Anton Stryhas (SAC) def. Thai Tu (CAL) 6-3, 7-6(5)

Singles ConsolationFirst Round (64)Mitch Del Rosario (USF) def. Tommie Murphy (CAL) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0(8)

DoublesFirst Round (64)Stewart/Tu (CAL) def. Roberts/DeGuzman (SAC) 8-4Nachbauer/Tu (USF) def. Andrews/Elefant (CAL) 8-4Daruty/Kuharsky (NEV) def. Chirita/Gilbert (CAL) 8-4Wibowo/Verdasco (UO) def. Lovill/Murphy (CAL) 8-5Round of 32Katsarov/Dahan (CAL) def. Klimenka/Smith (SAC) 8-2Stewart/Tu (CAL) def. El Bouzkouri/Zannoni (SMC) 8-4Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) def. Dojcak/Sullilvan (GON) 8-1

Doubles ConsolationChirita/Gilbert (CAL) def. Liang/Lopez (UCD) 8-6Myard/Garcin (NEV) def. Elefant/Andrews (CAL) 8-6Stith/Tateishi (UW) def. Lovill/Murphy (CAL) 9-8(3)

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