Men's Tennis Upsets Pepperdine, 4-3
April 16, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 26-ranked Cal men's team (13-7, 4-3 Pac-10) came into today's match full steam ahead after sweeping both Arizona schools in Berkeley over the weekend. The Pepperdine Waves (14-6) recently dropped from No. 7 to No. 12 since last week's ITA committee rankings, and were entering the match assuming that Cal would simply roll over and hand it to them. Cal had other ideas. They faltered early in doubles, but gathered up their strengths in singles to upset the Waves and grab a 4-3 victory at the Hellman Tennis Courts.
In doubles, Cal's duo of John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk was the only tandem to walk away with a victory, as they knocked off Calle Hansen and Ryan Redondo, 8-5, at the No. 2 court. Heading into singles down a point put the odds against the Bears, yet they began singles with three victories and a loss to push ahead 3-2 with two courts to go.
Fruttero defeated Al Garland in a match that seemed to last just minutes, taking the first point for the Bears, 6-0, 6-2. Balazs Veress fell next at the No. 2 spot, losing to Stefan Suter, 6-2, 6-4.
Kowalczyk seemed to get inside the head of Pepperdine's Steve Raciopi at the No. 3 court, as Raciopi lost his composure numerous times, the final outburst coming at the match point when he threw his racquet to the ground, giving Kowalczyk the two-set victory, 7-5, 6-1. After the match, Raciopi continued to argue with the judge unaware that Kowalczyk had his hand outstretched, ready to convene the match with dignity. Raciopi finally shook Kowalczyk's hand, despite his attempts to justify his behavior.
The Bears grabbed the third point of the match when Ben Miles defeated Gerold Wiring, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 4 court. Needing one more point for the win, Cal looked at its two remaining seniors, Scott Kintz and Erik Dmytruk, to seal the match. Dmytruk came through in the clutch, losing the first set to Pepperdine's Ryan Redondo, 7-6, before bouncing back to take the next two sets, and seal the win for the Bears, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Scott Kintz had Calle Hansen up against the ropes in the second set, yet could not put him away, as Hansen fought back from being down 5-3 in the set to win it 7-6. Hansen would go on to defeat Kintz in the third, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Cal will host No. 1-ranked UCLA and USC this Friday and Saturday at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Admission is free.
No. 1 John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. Al Garland, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 Stefan Suter (Pepp.) def. Balazs Veress, 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Steve Raciopi, 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 Calle Hansen (Pepp.) def. Scott Kintz, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5
No. 5 Ben Miles (Cal) def. Gerold Wiring, 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Erik Dmytruk (Cal) def. Ryan Redondo, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 Suter/Sebastian Graeff (Pepp.) def. Kintz/Dmytruk, 8-4
No. 2 Fruttero/Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Hansen/Redondo, 8-5
No. 3 Garland/Raciopi (Pepp.) def. Miles/Veress, 8-5