Zerbini and Konigsfeldt Named to Pac-10 All-Conference Team
April 29, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California men's tennis junior Pedro Zerbini and freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt were each named to the 2010 Pacific-10 All-Conference Team, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Thursday, April 29. Zerbini receives his second consecutive selection to the all-conference first team while Konigsfeldt--a second-team selection--becomes the first Golden Bear freshman to be named to the all-league squad since Conor Niland was selected for the honor in 2003.
Both Zerbini and Konigsfeldt received Pac-10 Player of the Week awards twice each earlier this season. Their selection to the all-conference team gives Cal a total of 27 award winners all-time. Zerbini is the sixth Bear with at least two selections to the first team as he joins Bent-Ove Pedersen (1990-91), Matt Lucena (1990, '92), Michael Hill (1995-96), John Paul Fruttero (2001-02) and Conor Niland (2003, '05, '06).
No. 17-ranked Zerbini has amassed a 19-6 singles record this season with a 14-4 mark in duals. He has played exclusively at the top singles court and went 4-1 in Pac-10 matches. Zerbini has collected 17 more wins in doubles play; 12 with fellow junior Jonathan Dahan while posting a 5-1 mark with Konigsfeldt. In the fall, Zerbini advanced to the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional singles championship final.
As the only freshman on the all-conference team, No. 120-ranked Konigsfeldt ranks second among the Bears with 24 wins. He is also second on the team with 19 doubles victories. He was teamed with sophomore Nick Andrews early in the year; with whom he collected 13 wins. Konigsfeldt has since paired with Zerbini to produce a 5-1 record. In the fall, he won the Saint Mary's Invitational singles title and advanced to the quarterfinal at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship.
No. 17-ranked Cal (12-7, 3-3 Pac-10) took fourth place in the Pac-10 and will now await its school-record 10th-consecutive selection (44th overall) to the NCAA championship tournament. ESPNews will broadcast a live selection show at 2 p.m. PT on Tuesday, May 4. Please check your local listings for availability and CalBears.com for more information.
2010 Pac-10 Men's Tennis All-Conference
First TeamRobert Farah, Sr., USCSteve Johnson, So., USCBradley Klahn, So., STANPedro Zerbini, Jr., CALNick Meister, Jr., UCLARyan Thacher, So., STAN
Second TeamAlex Clayton, Jr., STANDaniel Nguyen, So., USCMatt Brooklyn, Sr., UCLAJeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Jr., WASHChristoffer Konigsfeldt, Fr., CALAmit Inbar, Jr., UCLA
Honorable MentionHaythem Abid, Sr., UCLAAndres Arango, Sr., ARIZAndres Carrasco, Jr., ARIZAlexander Cornelissen, Sr., OREKyle McMorrow, Fr., WASHJaak Poldma, Jr., USC
Pac-10 Singles Player of the YearRobert Farah, Sr., USC
Pac-10 Doubles Team of the YearRobert Farah, Sr. and Steve Johnson, So., USC
Pac-10 Freshman of the YearKyle McMorrow, WASH
Pac-10 Coach of the YearPeter Smith, USC