EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's tennis team fell 6-1 to California on Saturday afternoon at the 18th Street Tennis Courts. The Ducks fall to 9-14 on the season with the loss.
The Ducks biggest win of the day didn't count for anything in the team results but should vault the doubles tandem of Alexander Cornelissen and Marcos Verdasco into the national rankings next week. The Oregon pair knocked off Cal's No. 13 ranked doubles team of Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini in impressive fashion, 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. The Ducks could not use the win to earn the doubles point, however, as the Golden Bears took both of the other doubles matches to win the session.
California also won five of six singles matches to put the dual away in just Oregon's second outdoor home match this season. The day started off sunny and calm outside at the 18th Street Tennis Courts but toward the end of singles play rain began and the wind picked up. There was only one rain delay which lasted only a few minutes but much of the later singles sets were contested in light drizzle.
Oregon's lone point on the day came at No. 3 singles where freshman Ayrton Wibowo pulled out a three-set 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win that was the last match to finish up on the afternoon.
The Ducks have just one regular season dual left in 2009, facing Washington at home next weekend. It will be senior day for the Ducks as Mike Myrhed will play his last match in an Oregon uniform.
#37 Cal 6, Oregon 1
April 11, 2009
18th Street Tennis Courts
No. 1: CAL Pedro Zerbini def. UO Marcos Verdasco; 7-5, 5-7, 10-4
No. 2: CAL Eoin Heavey def. UO Alexander Cornelissen, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
No. 3: UO Ayrton Wibowo def. CAL Nick Andrews; 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
No. 4: CAL Thai Tu def. UO Jose' Izquierdo; 6-3, 6-4
No. 5: CAL Boshidar Katsarov def. UO Duncan MacDonald-Korth; 6-4, 6-1
No. 6: CAL Jonathan Dahan def. UO Sho Higuchi; 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 4, 2*, 6, 1, 3
No. 1: UO Verdasco/Cornelissen def. CAL Chizever/Zerbini, 8-4
No. 2: CAL Dahan/Katsarov/ def. OU MacDonald-Korth/Wibowo, 8-6
No. 3: CAL Andrews/Tu def. UO Izquierdo/Myrhed, 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1