Pedro Zerbini Tabbed ITA West Region Player to Watch
May 18, 2009
BERKELEY - No. 68-ranked California men's tennis sophomore Pedro Zerbini was named the 2009 ITA West Region's Player to Watch this week. The second-year Golden Bear completed the season with a team-high 24-9 singles record while going 13-6 in dual matches (5-1 in conference play). Zerbini also holds a 25-11 doubles record (24-11 with partner senior Geoff Chizever) and will compete in the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Doubles Championship beginning on Thursday, May 21, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
Zerbini is the fourth Cal player to be selected for regional Player-to-Watch recognition. The last Bear selected was Pierre Mouillon in 2007. Conor Niland was selected in 2005 and Michael Hill in 1995.
Zerbini received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on two occasions this year (March 19 and April 5) and became just the second Cal player to win the award more than once in the same season since Niland in 2006 (three times). Zerbini's play on the top singles court netted him five wins over ranked players including a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of No. 51-ranked Haythem Abid of UCLA and a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 40 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of Washington. His three-set (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) victory against No. 68-ranked Jay Goldman of Arizona helped the Bears seal a 4-2 win to send the Wildcats to their one and only home loss of the season.
With Chizever, Zerbini completed the regular season with a team-high 24-11 doubles record and posted a 12-7 record on the top court in duals. The tandem's wins helped the Bears claim the doubles point in 14 matches this year. Along the way, Zerbini and Chizever recorded marquee victories over No. 5-ranked Donato and Foegelman of North Carolina (8-6), No. 3 Brugues and Stephens of Tulsa (8-6) and No. 38 el-Effendi and Walsh of SMU (8-2).