May 15, 2010

LOS ANGELES - The No. 17-ranked California men's tennis team (13-7, 3-3 Pac-10) posted a 4-0 victory over Big West tournament champion No. 57 UC Irvine (17-12, 3-2 Big West) in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of host UCLA, on Saturday, May 15. The Golden Bears will draw the winner between UCLA and Sacramento State in a second-round match at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 16.

The doubles point came down to the top court as Cal and UCI split wins on courts two and three. The No. 67-ranked duo of sophomore Nick Andrews and freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt came up with the first win of the day as they defeated Jon Kazarian and Fabian Matthews, 8-3, on the second court. The Anteaters fought back to even the score for the doubles point as Sam Gould and Khunphol Issara turned a seven-all tie into a 9-7 win over junior Bozhidar Katsarov and sophomore Sky Lovill. With the score knotted at six-games all on the top court, Cal's No. 30-ranked duo of juniors Pedro Zerbini and Jonathan Dahan came through with an 8-6 win to take out Steven Henderson and Zac Tsai to give the Bears the first point of the day.

Cal claimed the first set in five out of six singles matches and took little time going up, 2-0, in the match as Katsarov solidified a 6-2, 6-3 win over Issara at court five. One court down, freshman Riki McLachlan made his presence known as he stormed off with a 6-4, 6-0 win against Ryan Mayer at court six to give the Bears a commanding 3-0 lead. Andrews had the clinching point as he earned his team-high 26th singles victory of the season with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Shimpei Suzuki at court three. With the victory sealed, matches at courts one, two and four were abandoned.

The Bears advance to the second round for the 10th time under head coach Peter Wright and will await the winner between ninth-seeded site-host UCLA (14-6, 4-2 Pac-10) and Sacramento State (17-11, 7-1 Big Sky) in the other first-round match. Live scores for all matches are available via links at the UCLABruins.com men's tennis home page.