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Men's Tennis Falls Short Against No. 39 California

Jan. 27, 2008

Berkeley, CA - The Saint Mary's men's tennis team was unable to overcome No. 39 California Saturday afternoon, as they fell to the Golden Bears, 4-3 at Hellman Tennis Complex. The Gaels swept doubles play, but were edged on the singles side, four matches to two.

"The lads played very well today," said Head Coach Michael Wayman. "After being unable to practice (due to weather) for the past week, I was very impressed with performance today. This team was just as talented as No. 19 Florida State, and we had a chance at defeating them today."

Joel Kusnierz and Lucas Tirelli each picked up singles wins, with Kusnierz defeating Kallim Stewart, (6-4, 6-3), and Tirelli getting past Bozhidar Katsarov (6-4, 2-6, 6-1). Tirelli, a freshman from Riedisheim, France, has not lost a singles match this season. Playing at the number three position the freshman has defeated top-notch players from Florida State, Hawaii, and California.

In doubles play, the Gaels were unstoppable, with all three teams posting wins over the Golden Bears. At the number one position seniors Joel Kusnierz and Marek Dvorack, defeated the likes of Kallim Stewart and Pedro Zerbini, 8-6. Tirelli continued his win-streak on the doubles side, pairing-up with Achim Christner for a 8-5 win over California's Shan Sondu and Geoff Chizever. Rounding out doubles play was Andrea Zannoni and Gerald Ellison, defeating Zach Gilbert and Bozhidar Katsorov 8-6.

The Gaels return to action in Las Vegas, NV as they play at UNLV against New Mexico State, Southern Miss, and UNLV on March 1-3.

No. 39 California (3-1) def. St. Mary's (1-2) 4-3

Singles

1. Joel Kusnierz (St. Mary's) def. Kallim Stewart (Cal) 6-4, 6-3

2. Pierre Mouillon (Cal) def. Marek Dvorak (St. Mary's) 6-4, 6-4

3. Lucas Tirelli (St. Mary's) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

4. Jonathan Dahan (Cal) def. Achim Christner (St. Mary's) 7-5, 6-2

5. Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. Andrea Zannoni (St. Mary's) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

6. Ken Nakahara (Cal) def. Yousef El Bouskouri (St. Mary's) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles

1. Kusnierz/Dvorak (St. Mary's) def. Stewart/Zerbini (Cal) 8-6

2. Christner/Tirelli (St. Mary's) def. Chizever/Sondhu (Cal) 8-5

3. Zannoni/Ellison (St. Mary's) def. Gilbert/Katsarov (Cal) 8-6