First day of Pac-10 Championships unfriendly to Bears

Rashad Sisemore/Staff

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The No. 16 Cal men's tennis team got an early start to the day at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif.

Early is also how the Bears ended their run at the tournament.

Eight Cal players competed in the first two singles rounds on Thursday, but only two will move on to today's competition.

In the Singles Championship draw, junior Nick Andrews was the only Bear to post a win at the Ojai Valley Tennis Club with his 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Arizona's Geoff Embry. A few hours later, Oregon's Alex Rovello handed sophomore Christoffer Konigsfeldt a 6-1, 7-6(4) loss.

In his match against Washington's Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, sophomore Riki McLachlan came back after losing the first set to take the second one but eventually fell, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, in the match tiebreaker. Clay Thompson of UCLA took a swift 6-2, 6-3 victory over senior Jonathan Dahan in their 12:30 p.m. match.

With his bye in the round of 16, senior Zach Gilbert automatically moved to the quarterfinals in the Invitational Singles draw. However, the other four Bears in his draw met fates similar to their teammates in the singles championship.

Junior Sky Lovill was overpowered by UCLA's Warren Hardie in a 6-3, 6-4 contest, while junior Tommie Murphy met a similar trouncing in his 6-3, 6-2 bout versus Max Manthou. Later in the day, senior Bozhidar Katsarov won his first set, 6-3, over Walker Kehrer of Stanford only to drop the next two in 6-3 scores.

Andrews and Gilbert will both advance to the next singles round today. Meanwhile, all eight will pair off and get a chance to compete in two doubles rounds tomorrow as well.

Annie Gerlach covers men's tennis.

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