Heavey's Win Clinches Upset, Wright's 200th Victory

Photo: Kallim Stewart lost 6-3, 6-4, to Andres Arango, but the Bears upset the Sun Devils as Peter Wright notched his 200th career victory.
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Kallim Stewart lost 6-3, 6-4, to Andres Arango, but the Bears upset the Sun Devils as Peter Wright notched his 200th career victory.





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Junior Eoin Heavey is becoming somewhat of a giant killer for the Cal men's tennis team.

With the Bears tied 3-3 against No. 15 Arizona State, Heavey picked up a huge win over the Sun Devils' Harry Skinner 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, to clinch the match and give Cal (10-7, 2-0 Pac-10) its second win over a ranked opponent this season.

With the upset win at Hellman Tennis Center on Saturday, the Bears handed ASU (12-2, 0-2 Pac-10) its second loss of the year. Cal also defeated Arizona (10-6, 0-1 Pac-10) by a score of 5-2 on Friday.

It was Heavey who helped the Bears beat then-No.11 Oklahoma State on Jan. 20 by winning the decisive match on court three.

"It is just fantastic that he gets a chance to represent our team so well in these big matches and he just did a tremendous job again," coach Peter Wright said.

After winning his first set, Heavey built a 4-2 lead in the second and it looked as if the junior had the match locked up. However, Skinner came back to win 7-5 and push the match to a winner-take-all third set.

Heavey broke his opponent early to go up 2-1 and then held serve to increase his lead to 3-1. The junior eventually pounded out a 6-4 win, and in doing so kept Cal in first place in its conference.

"My serve picked up towards the end and I was able to get a lot of free points off my serve. I just fought really hard and ended up coming out with a win," Heavey said. "It was very intense. The atmosphere was incredible, everyone was really pumped."

Heavey demonstrated incredible stamina on Saturday seeing as he had lost a grueling three-set, multiple-tie-breaker match just the day before. Arizona's Bruno Alcala defeated Heavey 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 1-0(7) in the Bears' 5-2 triumph over the Wildcats.

Cal lost all three of its doubles matches against the Sun Devils, but started singles off well, bolstered by freshmen Pedro Zerbini and Bozhidar Katsarov's wins on courts five and six respectively.

But the Bears quickly fell behind again with losses on courts one and two. Freshman Jonathan Dahan then beat ASU's Juan Carlos Rebaza in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to tie the match at three-all.

With the dramatic victory, coach Wright achieved his 200th career win, bringing his all-time coaching record to 200-144 with Cal.

"It's very exciting. I didn't know it was my 200th win until somebody told me yesterday," Wright said. "It was an exciting match-two or three more matches like that, I don't know, my heart might not last the next 200."

The players expressed their feelings in regards to their coach's milestone.

"It is an incredible thing. Two hundred, that's a lot of matches and to have a consistently good team (each year) is truly phenomenal," senior Ken Nakahara said.

Heavey took time to shift the spotlight from himself to Wright.

"It is a great achievement for him," Heavey said. "It shows how much he has done for the program."

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