May 19, 2011
BERKELEY - California men's tennis senior Pedro Zerbini and sophomore Carlos Cueto were named to the 2011 Pacific-10 All-Conference team on Wed., May 18. Zerbini becomes the second Golden Bear in school history to receive three career first-team selections and joins Conor Niland (2003, 2005-06) in the history books. Cueto received his first Pac-10 honor after he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2009. Cueto and Zerbini's selections push Cal's total to 29 all-conference certificates, all-time.
Zerbini is the 20th-ranked singles player in the nation and has posted 18 singles wins this season with seven of those against ranked players. He was the 2009 ITA West Region Player to Watch and has lived up to his billing with an unprecedented six Pac-10 Player of the Week selections; second most, all-time. Zerbini has amassed 14 wins in dual matches this season and will make his second appearance in the NCAA singles championship later this week.
64th-ranked Cueto has posted 15 singles wins this season with nine of those in dual matches. After a successful freshman campaign with Florida, Cueto transferred to California and has been a valuable asset to the Bears as the anchor at No. 2 singles.
The 14th-seeded Bears (14-7) will face third-seeded Tennessee (24-3) in the round of 16 of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at 9 a.m. PT on Thur., May 19, at the Taube Family Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif. Cal hosted and defeated Marist and Fresno State in the first- and second-rounds last weekend, and advanced to its first round-of-16 appearance since 2003. For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit www.GoStanford.com.
2011 PACIFIC-10 MEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Bradley Klahn, STAN
Steve Johnson, USC
Jaak Poldma, USC
Daniel Kosakowski, UCLA
Pedro Zerbini, CAL
Kyle McMorrow, WASH
Ryan Thatcher, STAN
Jeevan Knedunchezhiyan, WASH
Amit Inbar, UCLA
Ray Sarmiento, USC
Alex Clayton, STAN
Carlos Cueto, CAL
Daniel Nguyen, USC
Clay Thompson, UCLA
Andres Carrasco, ARIZ
Emilio Gomez, USC
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Steve Johnson, USC
FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Daniel Kosakowski, UCLA
DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR: Bradley Klahn/Ryan Thatcher, Stanford
COACH OF THE YEAR: Peter Smith, USC