Oct. 31, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The California men's tennis team completed first-day play at the 2008 UNLV Rebel Classic with just three wins in six matches. The Golden Bears face players from host UNLV, Fresno State, Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Fresno Pacific in the three-day tournament on the courts of the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev.
Junior Kallim Stewart got two of Cal's wins on the day--first coming up with a come-from-behind win over Joe Wood of New Mexico. Stewart dropped his first set 6-4, but fought back for a 6-2, 6-3 result in the second and third set. His victory drew Vicente Joli of Fresno Pacific in the quarterfinal round where Stewart edged his opponent in a tiebreaker (7-6) in the first set and then took a 6-4 win in the second. Stewart will face UNLV's Elliott Wronski in tomorrow's flight-one semifinal.
Cal sophomores didn't fare quite as well as Stewart in the flight-one singles draw as both fell in 6-4, 6-2, matches. Aside from having identical scores, both Bears lost to opponents from Fresno State. Bozhidar Katsarov fell to Rikus de Villiers and Jonathan Dahan came up short against Remi Boutillier. Dahan did not play in the consolation round but Katsarov got a 6-3, 6-3 win over Fabio Silva of Fresno Pacific.
In the second flight of singles players, freshman Thai Tu received a first-round bye as the top-seeded player in the field but could not handle Fresno Pacific's Maxime Adam, falling in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinal.
Play resumes tomorrow (Nov. 1) at 9 a.m. with the doubles quarterfinal and semifinal. Singles players will also play semifinal matches to set up finals for Sunday (Nov. 2). The Bears are represented by the duo of Stewart and Tu in the 16-team doubles flight.
For complete results, visit www.unlvrebels.com and point your browser to the men's tennis page.
UNLV Rebel Classic - Oct. 31, 2008
Fertitta Tennis Complex | Las Vegas, Nev.
FLIGHT ONE SINGLES
First Round (16)
Kallim Stewart (CAL) def. Joe Wood (UNM) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Rikus de Villiers (FSU) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 6-4, 6-2
Remi Boutillier (FSU) def. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) 6-4, 6-2
Kallim Stewart (CAL) def. Vicente Joli (FPU) 7-6, 6-4
FLIGHT ONE SINGLES CONSOLATION
Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) def. Fabio Silva (FPU) 6-3, 6-3
FLIGHT TWO SINGLES
Maxime Adam (FPU) def. Thai Tu (CAL) 6-4, 6-4