March 25, 2011
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 13 UCLA men's tennis team fell in its Pac-10 opener on Friday afternoon, suffering a 4-3 loss to No. 12 Cal at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 11-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Golden Bears improve to 9-4 and 1-0 in the Pac-10.
Friday's doubles point was as close as they come, with all three matches decided by tiebreakers. UCLA actually struck first when Warren Hardie and Amit Inbar notched a 9-8(5) win over Tommie Murphy and Pedro Zerbini at court No. 2. Cal, however, was able to claim the next two matches, clinching the point when 21st-ranked Nick Andrews and Chris Konigsfeldt downed Alex Brigham and Adrien Puget, 9-8(6) at court No. 1.
The Bruins got off to a slow start in singles, dropping two quick matches to go down 0-3 in the match. With UCLA on the edge of defeat, Maxime Tabatruong gave his team some hope with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ben McLachlan at court No. 5.
Although the Bruins were winning two of the three matches still being contested, Cal senior Bozhidar Katsarov put to rest any thoughts of a UCLA comeback when he downed Brigham, 6-2, 6-2 at court No. 6 to give the Bears an insurmountable 4-1 lead.
UCLA would go on to win the final two matches, with Kosakowski, ranked No. 42 nationally, upsetting the 15th-ranked Zerbini, 7-6(5), 6-2 at court No. 1, and Thompson downing Andrews, 6-4, 6-4 at court No. 3.
The Bruins' weekend doesn't get any easier on Saturday, as UCLA is scheduled to face No. 8 Stanford at the Taube Tennis Center beginning at 1:00 p.m.
#12 Cal 4, #13 UCLA 3
Mar 25, 2011 at Berkeley, CA (Hellman Tennis Complex)
|1. #21 Andrews/Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Brigham/Puget (UCLA) 9-8(6)|
|2. Warren Hardie/Inbar (UCLA) def. Tommie Murphy/Zerbini (CAL) 9-8(5)|
|3. B. McLachlan/Riki McLachlan (CAL) def. Kosakowski/Thompson (UCLA) 9-8(5)|
|1. #42 Daniel Kosakowski (UCLA) def. #15 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) 7-6(5), 6-2|
|2. #69 Carlos Cueto (CAL) def. #61 Amit Inbar (UCLA) 6-2, 6-0|
|3. Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Nick Andrews (CAL) 6-4, 6-4|
|4. #119 Chris Konigsfeldt (CAL) def. Adrien Puget (UCLA) 6-3, 6-0|
|5. #118 Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) def. Ben McLachlan (CAL) 6-2, 6-3|
|6. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Alex Brigham (UCLA) 6-2, 6-2|
|UCLA 11-4; 0-1 Pac-10; National ranking #13|
|Cal 9-4; 1-0 Pac-10; National ranking #12|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,5,6,3,1)|