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20070401 Men?s Tennis Almost Steals One From No. 48 Cal
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Release: 04/01/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></B> ? After yesterdays close 4-3 loss to No. 55 Stanford, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> men&rsquo;s tennis assistant coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43630"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43630">Tom Lloyd</A></A> called out his squad for not &ldquo;showing up.&rdquo; The team responded today in a valiant effort against No. 48 Cal-Berkeley (11-7). With the dual tied at three, freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=807640"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=807640">Ravid Hezi</A></A> was forced to retire after suffering a sprained ankle, giving <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Cal</st1:State></st1:place> a 4-3 win.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>At No.1 doubles, juniors <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43638"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43638">Jason Labrosse</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019">Claudio Christen</A></A> took care of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Berkeley</st1:place></st1:City> sophomores Eoin Heavey and Geoff Chizever 8-5. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s Hezi and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014">Bruno Alcala</A></A> reached a tiebreaker on court No. 2 against John Pettit and Kallim Stewart. Up 6-3 in the breaker, Hezi jumped on a sitter in the middle of the court and ripped a clean winner that passed right between the opposition. The shot clinched the doubles point for the Wildcats, the first in their last eight duals. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020">Peter Zimmer</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80018"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80018">Francois VanderMerwe</A></A> completed the sweep with a 9-8(6) victory over Ken Nakahara and Daniel Sebescen. It was only the second doubles sweep for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> this season, and its first since Jan. 20.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>In singles, Christen sustained <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s momentum as he turned in his most dominant performance of the season in a forty-five minute 6-0, 6-1 upset over No. 20 Pierre Mouillon. The Golden Bears then managed to tie the overall score at two as Chizever and Stewart defeated Zimmer and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=235320"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=235320">Alex Labrosse</A></A> at No.&rsquo;s 5 and 6, respectively. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43638"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=43638">Jason Labrosse</A></A> maintained strong play from his doubles match to top Sebescan in straight sets and provide the Wildcats with a 3-2 advantage. With two matches remaining, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> only needed one more victory to secure an upset. Alcala gave it his all before falling to Heavey 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4 in a three-hour marathon, leaving all of the pressure on Hezi. After dropping the first set to Nakahara in a tiebreaker, Hezi bounced back to take the second. Down 1-0 in the third, Hezi scrambled to reach a drop shot on the deuce side. After returning it short in the opposite service box, Nakahara placed the ball deep on the ad side. In an attempt to chase the ball down, Hezi injured his left ankle, leading to an injury timeout. Hezi tried to return but could not complete the match. The final score was 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 2-0 before Hezi retired, giving <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> a 4-3 win.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Despite the loss, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> showed a distinguishable improvement in comparison to their performance from the previous day. &ldquo;This was definitely a response to Tom&rsquo;s challenge yesterday,&rdquo; said Christen. &ldquo;You could see today that all the guys were fighting. When we play like this we can compete with anyone; we&rsquo;re a completely different team.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Next weekend, the Wildcats travel to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place> as they take on No. 9 USC and No. 11 UCLA. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will take place on consecutive days beginning April 6. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is currently 5-12 overall and 0-2 in Pac-10 play.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT size=2>No. 48 <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> 4, No. 75 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> 3<BR>Doubles</FONT></SPAN></B><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><BR><FONT size=2>1. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Christen/J. Labrosse (UA)</B> def. Heavey/</FONT></SPAN><FONT size=2>Chizever (<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Cal</st1:State></st1:place>)</FONT><FONT size=2><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> 8-5<BR>2. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Alcala/Hezi (UA)</B> def. Pettit/Stewart (<st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State>) 9-8(3)<BR>3. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80018"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80018">Francois VanderMerwe</A></A>/Zimmer (UA)</B> def. Nakahara/</SPAN>Sebescen</FONT><FONT size=2><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> 9-8(6)<BR><BR><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Singles</B><BR>1. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Christen (UA)</B> def. No. 20 Pierre Mouillon (<st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State>) 6-0, 6-1<BR>2. Eoin Heavey (Cal) def <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Alcala (UA) </B>6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4<BR>3. </SPAN>Ken Nakahara (<st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State>)</FONT><FONT size=2><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Hezi (UA)</B> 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 2-0 ret.<BR>4. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">J. Labrosse (UA) </B>def. </SPAN>Daniel Sebescen (UA) 6-3, 6-2<SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="COLOR: black">5. </SPAN>Geoff Chizever</FONT><FONT size=2><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> (<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Cal</st1:State></st1:place>) def. <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Zimmer (UA) </B>6-3, 6-2<BR>6. </SPAN>Kallim Stewart (<st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State>) def<SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">A. Labrosse (UA)</B> 6-4, 6-3</SPAN></FONT></P>
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