No. 25 Men's Tennis Falls to No. 14 Michigan at ITA Kick-Off

Jan. 31, 2009


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The No. 25-ranked California men's tennis team (2-1) fell to No. 14 Michigan (3-0) 5-2, today at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend hosted by North Carolina at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C. The Golden Bears were overpowered by a balanced Wolverine team and will face site-host No. 19 North Carolina in tomorrow's (Feb. 1) consolation match scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET.

Cal found itself in an early hole as the Wolverines snared the doubles point with wins on the second and third courts. Drew Daniel and Chris Madden were the first to finish with an 8-2 win against Cal sophomores Jonathan Dahan and Bozhidar Katsarov. One court over, junior Kallim Stewart and freshman Nick Andrews fell in a hard-fought 8-6 battle with Andrew Mazlin and George Navas. Play was suspended on the top doubles court after Michigan clinched the doubles point.

The Wolverines seized a quick 2-0 lead as Mazlin came through with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court three against Andrews. No. 72-ranked sophomore Pedro Zerbini put the Bears on the board with his 6-4, 6-0 win over Mike Sroczynski on the second court. Trailing 2-1, the Bears were unable to rally as Michigan clinched the victory with wins on court five and then court six. On five, Chris Madden defeated senior Eoin Heavey by a 7-6, 6-1 count before Daniel finished off Katsarov in a three-set winner, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 49-ranked Stewart claimed his first set in singles play but eventually lost in three sets to Jason Jung on the top court, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Bears took one more point off the Wolverines as Dahan pulled out a three-set victory by holding Peter Aarts to just one point in his third-set tiebreaker to win 5-7, 7-5, 7-6.

No. 14 Michigan def. No. 25 California, 5-2ITA Kick-Off Weekend | Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center | Raleigh, N.C.Saturday, January 31, 2009Doubles1. No. 16 Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) vs. No. 8 Jung/Sroczynski (UM) DNF (Tied 5-5)2. Mazlin/Novas (UM) def. N. Andrews/Stewart (CAL) 8-63. Daniel/Madden (UM) def. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) 8-2Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1 (Michigan wins doubles point)Singles1. Jason Jung (UM) def. No. 49 Kallim Stewart (CAL) 1-6, 6-4, 6-42. No. 72 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Mike Sroczynski (UM) 6-4, 6-03. Andrew Mazlin (UM) def. Nick Andrews (CAL) 6-3, 6-44. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) def. Peter Aarts (UM) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(1)5. Chris Madden (UM) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL) 7-6, 6-16. Drew Daniel (UM) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2Order of finish: 3, 2, 5, 6*, 1, 4

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