No. 25 Bears Drop to Stanford, 6-0
Feb. 25, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Due to rainy weather conditions and wet courts, competition between the No. 25-ranked Bears (2-3, 1-2 in Pac-10) and the No. 2-ranked Stanford Cardinal had been postponed yesterday for three hours. Competition finally got underway after the courts were cleaned and drained.
The two teams, knowing their window of opportunity to play tennis could be abruptly delayed again by poor weather, cancelled doubles competition for the afternoon. When play did begin, Stanford grabbed the upper hand, handing Cal a 6-0 shutout at the Hellman Tennis Courts.
No. 12-ranked sophomore John Paul Fruttero struggled early with knee pains, however Stanford's relentless Alex Kim took every advantage, defeating Fruttero at the No. 1 spot in the lineup, 6-3, 6-0. At No. 3, senior Adrian Barnes was hampered by an aching shoulder, and could not grab a point for the Bears, losing to David Martin, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Highly touted freshman Balazs Veress lost two close sets to ITA Regional champion K.J. Hippensteel at the No. 2 spot, 7-6, 7-6, while fellow freshman Wayne Wong made his second appearance in the singles lineup this year in dual competition, yet dropped the match to Stanford's Ali Ansari, 7-5, 7-6.
No. 1: Alex Kim def. John Paul Fruttero, 6-3, 6-0
No. 2: K.J. Hippensteel def. Balazs Veress, 7-6, 7-6
No. 3: David Martin def. Adrian Barnes, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
No. 4: Haviland def. Erik Dmytruk, 6-3, 6-1
No. 5: Scotty Scott def. Scott Kintz, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6
No. 6: Ali Ansari def. Wayne Wong, 7-5, 7-6