April 7, 2009

Courtesy of California

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – No. 81-ranked California men’s tennis sophomore Pedro Zerbini was named Pac-10 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for March 30-April 5, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. The second-year Golden Bear becomes the second Cal player to win the award more than once in the same season since Conor Niland in 2006 (three times); Cal’s sixth overall honor.

Zerbini helped the Bears pull off the 4-2 upset of No. 20-ranked Arizona this weekend to give the Wildcats their first and only home loss of the season. He teamed up with senior Geoff Chizever (ranked No. 13 together) to take out No. 80-ranked Pat Methem and Francois VanderMerwe, 8-4, on the top court. The duo is now 23-6 in doubles this year. In singles play, Zerbini defeated his fourth-straight ranked player as he dropped a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win on No. 68 Jay Goldman at the top court. He is now 8-3 at the top singles court and 10-4 in all duals. He leads the team with a 19-6 singles record this year.

The Bears take on No. 18 Pepperdine (14-8, 1-0 WCC) tomorrow (April 7) at the San Francisco Tennis Club. The Senior-Day match was moved indoors due to rain in the forecast and will take place at 1 p.m.