Chizever and Zerbini Fall in Three-Sets at NCAA Championship

May 22, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 19-ranked California men's doubles team of senior Geoff Chizever and sophomore Pedro Zerbini were eliminated from the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Doubles Championship on Friday (May 22) at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The duo fell in a three-set thriller to No. 5-ranked Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg of Georgia, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, in the round of 16 and complete the season with a team-high 25-13 doubles record.

The Bears maintained a steady attack in the first set to seize a 6-5 advantage. Working for set point, Cal had trouble with the Bulldogs to allow Georgia to break Zerbini's serve and force a tiebreaker. The Dogs carried the momentum of the break point into the breaker and raced out to a 4-0 lead before the Bears were able to get on the board. It was too late however as Georgia never relinquished control to claim the first set, 7-6, with a 7-3 tiebreaker win.

The two teams stayed on serve in the second set, the Bears broke through with a crucial win in game 10 to send the match into a third set. Up 5-4 after serving, Chizever and Zerbini buckled down and broke the Georgia serve to notch a 6-4 win in the second.

The Bears aggressive play allowed them to go ahead first in the third set, but they couldn't hold the serve in the third game to trail 2-1. The Bulldogs held serve once more before breaking Cal's serve again to go up two breaks at 4-1. Georgia put itself on the verge of winning the match as Schnugg's serve put up a 5-1 lead but the Bears showed their fight as Zerbini's service ace helped put the Bears within three games at 5-2. Cal stemmed the tide by breaking Hunt's serve in the eighth game. Chizever held once more to pull the Bears to within a game at 5-4 but Schnugg served out the winning points as the Bulldogs claimed a 6-4 win in the third set to eliminate the Bears.

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2009 NCAA Division I Men's Doubles ChampionshipGeorge P. Mitchell Tennis Center | College Station, TexasRound of 32 | Thursday, May 21No. 19 Geoff Chizever/Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. No. 33 Tobias Fanselow/Aleksandr Seleznev (ODU) 6-4, 6-0Round of 16 | Friday, May 22No. 5 Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. No. 19 Geoff Chizever/Pedro Zerbini (CAL) 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4