No. 25 Bears Prepare for Pacific Coast Doubles

Feb. 26, 2001

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STANFORD IN REVIEW: The No. 25-ranked Bears (2-3, 1-2 in Pac-10) and the No. 2-ranked Stanford Cardinal squared off, Feb. 24 at the Hellman Tennis Courts. The two teams, knowing their window of opportunity to play tennis could be abruptly delayed by rainy weather, cancelled doubles competition for the afternoon. When play did begin, Stanford grabbed the upper hand, handing Cal a 6-0 shutout. 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 lost to David Martin, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Freshman Balazs Veress lost two close sets to ITA Regional champion K.J. Hippensteel at the No. 2 spot, 7-6, 7-6, while freshman Wayne Wong dropped the match to Stanford's Ali Ansari, 7-5, 7-6, at No. 6.

BEARS DEFEAT THE GAUCHOS AT HOME: Last week, the then No. 24-ranked Bears defeated the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 4-2, Feb. 19, at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Due to unsuitable weather conditions, the two teams competed only in singles. No. 12-ranked singles player John Paul Fruttero held down the No. 1 spot for the Bears, defeating J.J. Stewart, 6-3, 6-3, while senior Adrian Barnes held down No. 2, knocking out Marcin Kosakowski, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Freshman Wayne Wong made an appearance at No. 5, winning a tough three-set match against Michael Faust, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Senior Erik Dmytruk grabbed a win at No. 6 by making a strong comeback after falling behind in the first set. Dmytruk rallied for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over the Gauchos' Mike Placek. The two losses of the day came at No. 3 and 4, where No. 24-ranked freshman Balazs Veress played a third set, 3-point tie breaker. UCSB's Scott Schnugg pulled out the victory, defeating Veress in the tie-breaker set, 7-6, 1-6, 4-3(6). At No. 4, sophomore Robert Kowalczyk retired to Marcio Pepe, 3-6, 4-3, ret.

RAIN IS CAUSING DELAYS: Against Stanford, Feb. 24, the Bears were forced to cancel doubles competition and push the start time of their singles matches back three hours. Hoping to rebound from a 5-2 loss against the No. 18-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs, Feb. 8, the Bears were preparing for a Sunday double-header with Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, however stormy weather and rainy conditions prevented any matches from being played. The contests have been tentatively postponed until March 10.

FRUTTERO ADVANCES TO QUARTERS OF ROLEX INDOORS: The then 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.

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