No. 24 Bears Host No. 17 Fresno State, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara
Feb. 5, 2001
BEARS OPENED DUAL MATCH PLAY WITH SPLIT ON ROAD: The Bears opened dual match play on the road in Washington and Oregon, where Cal fell to the Huskies, 4-3, Friday, Jan. 26, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle. The Bears rebounded on Saturday, Jan. 27, with a 5-2 victory in Eugene over the Oregon Ducks. Against No. 28-ranked Washington, the Bears grabbed the doubles point with two victories, however, lost four of six singles points to the Huskies. Sophomore John Paul Fruttero grabbed a point at No. 1, while senior Scott Kintz found the other point at No. 6. The following day against No. 63-ranked Oregon, Cal bettered its performance in singles. Losing the doubles point, the Bears rallied to grab five of six singles points and capture the match, 5-2. The only loss of the afternoon came at No. 5, where sophomore Ben Miles fell to Jason Menke.
A LOOK AT FRESNO STATE: First up for the Bears this weekend are the No. 17-ranked Fresno State Bulldgos. The Bulldogs opened up the 2001 season, Monday, Feb. 4, against Cal Poly, blanking them, 7-0, at home. Fresno State takes on the Bears, Thursday, Feb. 8, before traveling to Stanford and Santa Clara, Feb. 9-10. Last season, the Bears were defeated by the Bulldogs, 5-2, at Fresno State on March 11.
A LOOK AT SAINT MARYS: Saint Mary's Gaels (1-2) opened up dual match play at Pepperdine, Jan. 20, where they fell, 5-2, before losing the following day to Cal Poly, 4-3. The Gaels grabbed their first win of the season at their home opener, Jan. 22, against USF. Saint Mary's won five of six singles points and swept in doubles to grab a 6-1 victory. Saint Mary's travels to Sonoma State on Feb. 9, before visiting Hellman Tennis Courts, Feb. 11, to take on the Bears. Last year, Cal opened dual match play at home against the Gaels, Jan. 22, where the Bears shut them out, 6-0.
A LOOK AT SANTA CLARA: The Santa Clara Bulldogs opened up their dual match season on the road in Arizona. The Bulldogs fell to Arizona State, 6-1, on Jan. 19, before losing to Arizona, 5-2, on Jan. 21. Santa Clara returned home to grab wins over UC Davis (6-1), on Jan. 27, and UNR (7-0), and USF on Feb. 3. The Bulldogs host Fresno State, Feb. 10, before visiting Berkeley on Feb. 11. Last year, Cal blanked Santa Clara, 7-0, in its second match of the year, on Jan. 22, to improve to 2-0.
FRUTTERO ADVANCES TO QUARTERS OF ROLEX INDOORS: No. 7-ranked singles player John Paul Fruttero made his way to the quarterfinals, Feb. 3, at the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor championships, held in Dallas, TX. The sophomore from San Marino defeated Radovan Chrz of West Florida (7-6(3), 6-0), before knocking off Mississippi State's Romain Ambert in the round of 16, (4-6, 6-4, 7-5). Fruttero fell in the quarters to the No. 4 seed Oskar Johansson, 6-3, 6-2. In the fall, Fruttero reached the semifinals of the ITA All-American tournament, the first Cal player to do so since 1986.
FALL SEASON IN REVIEW: Freshman Balazs Veress, advanced to the quarterfinals of the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, the first leg of the ITA Grand Slam, by knocking off top-seed Ramsey Smith of Duke. At the Fresno State Invitational, senior Adrian Barnes, advanced to the quarterfinals, while junior Hiro Nakamura and freshman Wayne Wong teamed to win the doubles championship. Sophomore John Paul Fruttero reached the semifinals of the ITA All-American tournament, the second leg of the Grand Slam, by knocking off the No. 1 seed, Brian Vahaly of Virginia. At the ITA Regional championships, Barnes reached the title match in both singles and doubles. The No. 13 seed of the tournament, Barnes advanced to the championship by defeating teammate and No. 2 seed Fruttero in the semis. Barnes lost, however, to the No. 1 seed, K.J. Hippensteel of Stanford, for the crown. Barnes teamed with with senior Scott Kintz in doubles, as the duo fell to Stanford in the final.
HEAD COACH PETER WRIGHT: As the ninth coach in the 108-year history of Cal tennis, Head Coach Peter Wright begins his eighth year at the helm of the Golden Bears program. During his time here at Cal, Wright has compiled a 84-71 (.542) career record, and in 1998 led the Bears to their first sweep of USC and UCLA for the first time in 45 years. Known as one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Wright was named 1997 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.