Golden Bears Open Season with 6-1 Win Over Hawai'i
Jan. 15, 2009
The No. 25-ranked California men's tennis team (1-0) defeated No. 55 Hawai'i (0-1) in its season opener on the road today, 6-1, at the Hawai'i Tennis Complex in Honolulu. The Golden Bears clinched the victory on sophomore Bozhidar Katsarov's three-set win over Jeff Fitch (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) on court five.
After a brief weather delay, freshman Nick Andrews started the day off for Cal with a 6-0, 7-5 win against Sascha Heinemann on the third singles court. The Bears went up 3-0 when No. 72 Pedro Zerbini got a win (6-2, 6-3, over Leo Rosenberg) on court two and freshman Thai Tu put a win in the books on court six (6-4, 6-1, over Spencer Mendoza).
The Warriors got on the board with a win on the top court when No. 56 Dennis Lajola defeated No. 49 junior Kallim Stewart in two sets, 7-5, 7-5. Katsarov sealed the deal on court five next before sophomore Jonathan Dahan picked up Cal's fifth point with a 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 win on court four.
The teams played doubles matches after singles matches because of the weather delay. Andrews teamed up with Stewart to post the first win once again. The duo beat Lajola and Weber on court two, 8-2. Hawai'i fought back to take a win on court three as Heinemann and Mendoza posted an 8-4 win over sophomore Zach Gilbert and Tu. The Bears clinched the sixth point of the day when No. 16 Chizever and Zerbini edged Fitch and Rosenberg on the top court, 8-6.
The Bears return to the mainland to open their home schedule by hosting No. 51 Saint Mary's College on Monday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. Please check CalBears.com for more information.
No. 25 California def. No. 55 Hawai'i, 6-1Hawai'i Tennis Complex | HonoluluThursday, Jan. 15, 2009Doubles1. No. 16 Chizever/Zerbini def. Fitch/Rosenberg (UH), 8-62. Andrews/Stewart (Cal) def. Lajola/Weber (UH), 8-23. Heinemann/Mendoza (UH) def. Gilbert/Tu (Cal), 8-4Order of finish: 2, 3, 1* (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 56 Dennis Lajola (UH) def. No. 49 Kallim Stewart (Cal), 7-5, 7-52. No. 72 Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. Leo Rosenberg (UH), 6-2, 6-33. Nick Andrews (Cal) def. Sascha Heinemann (UH), 6-0, 7-54. Jonathan Dahan (Cal) def. Andreas Weber (UH), 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (5)5. Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal) def. Jeff Fitch (UH), 5-7, 6-3, 6-36. Thai Tu (Cal) def. Spencer Mendoza (UH), 6-4, 6-1Order of finish: 3, 2, 6, 1, 5*, 4