No. 16 Men's Tennis Tames Wildcats for 6-1 Win

March 26, 2010

BERKELEY - The No. 16-ranked California men's tennis team opened conference play with a 6-1 victory against No. 32 Arizona on Friday (March 26), at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Sophomore Nick Andrews delivered the clinching point with his 7-5 second-set tiebreaker win over Jason Zafiros at the fourth singles court. The Golden Bears improve to 10-4 with a 1-0 Pac-10 record as the Wildcats drop to 11-6 overall; 0-1 in league matches.

Arizona maintained pace with the Bears to start the day but Cal made the first statement as the No. 24-ranked duo of Andrews and freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt completed an 8-3 win over Geoff Embry and Ravid Hazi on court two. The Bears' No. 20-ranked team of juniors Jonathan Dahan and Pedro Zerbini found themselves down, 4-3, to No. 55-ranked Borja Malo and Pat Metham on the top court, but the Cal tandem stiffened up and claimed the next five games for an 8-4 victory and to seal the doubles point for the Bears. At the third court, junior Bozhidar Katsarov and freshman Riki McLachlan earned an 8-6 win over Andres Arango and Andres Carrasco to complete the Cal sweep of the doubles courts.

The Bears continued to press as singles matches got under way. No. 14-ranked Zerbini secured Cal's second point as he defeated Jay Goldman, 6-3, 6-1, on the top court in just under an hour. McLachlan fought out a 7-5, 6-3 win over Hazi on the sixth court to post Cal's third point of the day just a minute before Andrews took his 6-4, 7-6 victory against Zafiros on court four for the clinching point.

After dropping the first set, 6-2, to Arango, No. 58-ranked Konigsfeldt responded to turn a four-all tie into a 6-4 win in the second set. Konigsfeldt put his foot on the gas and finished off a 6-2 win in the third set to stay in the lead with a team-high 22nd singles victory. The Cats got on the board next as Carrasco edged No. 120-ranked Dahan on the third singles court, 12-10, in the third-set super-tiebreaker. Carrasco came up with a 6-3 win in the first set but Dahan fired back to take a 6-1 win in the second. Katsarov also dropped a close first set, 6-4, to Embry at the fifth court, but came back to win, 6-3, 7-5, in the second and third for Cal's sixth point of the day.

The Bears hit the road for a pair of duals in Southern California next weekend. Cal will face No. 12-ranked defending conference champion UCLA (9-4, 1-0 Pac-10) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Friday (April 3) at 1:30 p.m. PT. The next day, the Bears take on fifth-ranked defending NCAA champion USC (15-2, 1-0) at the David X. Marks Tennis Stadium on Saturday (April 4) at 1 p.m. Please check for more information.

No. 16 California 6, No. 32 Arizona 1Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Friday, March 26, 2010Doubles1. No. 20 Dahan/Zerbini (CAL) def. No. 55 Malo/Metham (ARIZ) 8-42. No. 24 Andrews/Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Embry/Hazi (ARIZ) 8-33. Katsarov/McLachlan (CAL) def. Arango/Carrasco (ARIZ) 8-6Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 14 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) def. Jay Goldman (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-12. No. 58 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Andres Arango (ARIZ) 2-6, 6-4, 6-23. Andres Carrasco (ARIZ) def. No. 120 Jonathan Dahan (CAL) 6-3, 1-6, 1-0(10)4. Nick Andrews (CAL) def. Jason Zafiros (ARIZ) 6-4, 7-6(5)5. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Geoff Embry (ARIZ) 4-6, 6-3, 7-56. Riki McLachlan (CAL) def. Ravid Hazi (ARIZ), 7-5, 6-3Order of finish: 1, 6, 4*, 2, 3, 5