Bears Put Three Pair in Doubles Quarterfinal at Wilson/ITA Regional

Oct. 19, 2008

BERKELEY - The California men's tennis team completed day three at the 2008 Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships on the courts of the Hellman Tennis Complex with three doubles teams in the upcoming quarterfinal round. Sophomores Jonathan Dahan and Pedro Zerbini each advanced to the quarterfinal of the singles draw before being eliminated today.

Zerbini teamed up with senior Geoff Chizever to put away Sacramento State's Holden Ching and Marko Starcevic, 8-3, in the round of 16. On the other side of the bracket, Dahan got together with fellow sopohomore Bozhidar Katsarov to notch an 8-2 victory against Oregon's Duncan McDonald Korth and Sho Higuchi to advance. Junior Kallim Stewart and freshman Thai Tu also got through their round of 16 match with an 8-4 win against fourth-seeded Mirko Zapleta and Rikus DeVilliers of Fresno State.

Stewart and Tu will face the fifth-seeded team of Alex Clayton and Bradley Klahn of Stanford while Chizever and Zerbini take on Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl of Washington. Dahan and Katsarov draw the top-seeded duo in the doubles field in Washington's Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Patrik Fischer. All doubles matches begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 20). The winner of the doubles draw will gain automatic entry to the 2008 ITA National Indoor Championships, Nov. 6-9, in Charlottesville, Va.

In round of 16 singles play, Dahan claimed a 6-2, 6-0, victory over Washington's David Chu but fell in two sets to Stanford's Clayton in the quarterfinal by a 6-2, 7-5, count. Zerbini got the quarterfinal nod after beating Washington's Fischer in the round of 16 by a 6-1, 6-2, score but ran into Stanford's Klahn in the quarterfinal where he fell 6-4, 6-1. Cal freshmen Jonathan Kroopf (6-3, 1-6, 1-0(3) to Gonzaga's Scott Sullivan) and Matt Elefant (6-0, 6-0 to Ryo Sekiguchi of Washington) each lost their round of 32 matches in singles consolation.

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. 19, 2008Hellman Tennis Complex & Channing Tennis Courts | Berkeley, Calif.

SinglesRound of 16Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. David Chu (UW) 6-2, 6-0Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Patrik Fischer (UW) 6-1, 6-2QuarterfinalsAlex Clayton (STAN) def. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) 6-2, 7-5Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) 6-4, 6-1

Singles ConsolationRound of 32Scott Sullilvan (GON) def. Jon Kroopf (CAL) 6-3, 1-6, 1-0(3)Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Matt Elefant (CAL) 6-0, 6-0

DoublesRound of 16Katsarov/Dahan (CAL) def. McDonald Korth/Higuchi (UO) 8-2Stewart/Tu (CAL) def. Zapletal/DeVilliers (FSU) 8-4Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) def. Ching/Starcevic (SAC) 8-3

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