No. 26 Bears Host No. 1 UCLA and No. 21 USC
April 17, 2001
BEARS RIDING A THREE-MATCH WINNING STREAK: The No. 26-ranked Cal men's team (13-7, 4-3 Pac-10) came into their match with Pepperdine, April 16, riding a sweep of the Arizona school over the weekend. Pepperdine had recently dropped from No. 7 to No. 12 in the rankings, and were entering the match assuming that Cal would simply roll over and hand it to them. Cal faltered early in doubles, but gathered up their strengths in singles to upset the Waves and grab a 4-3 victory at Hellman. In doubles, Cal's duo of Fruttero and Kowalczyk was the only tandem to walk away with a victory. Heading into singles, 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 Steve Raciopi, as he lost his composure numerous times, giving Kowalczyk the two-set victory, 7-5, 6-1. 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, 7-6, before bouncing back to take the next two sets, and seal the win for the Bears, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. 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.
ARIZONA STATE IN REVIEW: The No. 26-ranked Cal men's tennis team swept the Arizona schools this weekend, shutting out Arizona on Friday, before downing the Sun Devils Saturday, April 14, at the Hellman Tennis Courts, 5-2. Cal started off the day on a good note, sweeping the doubles competition for the first point of the day. The sweep in doubles marks the fifth time this season that the Bears took all three courts to open up the match. The Bears would then march on to take four of the next six singles courts in straight sets. Senior Erik Dmytruk took a win at No. 6 by downing Jarrod Eckermann, while at No. 1, John Paul Fruttero easily defeated Matt Klinger, 6-2, 6-1. Cal sealed the match when Balazs Veress knocked out Nicholas Dubey in straight sets at No. 2 (6-3, 6-1), giving the Bears the win and the sweept.
ARIZONA IN REVIEW: The No. 26-ranked Cal Bears grabbed their first shutout of the season, when they took on the Arizona Wildcats, April 13, at the Hellman Tennis Courts. The win for the Bears marks their first win of a five-match homestand to be played in Berkeley. The Bears swept the doubles competition with ease, dropping a combined five points to the Wildcats on all three courts. Cal geared up for singles competition determined to prove their abilities after suffering a tough loss to Stanford last Tuesday. The Bears took the win without veteran senior Adrian Barnes, who is still recovering from shoulder problems. Freshman Balazs Veress returned to top form when he took out Carl Hagman at the No. 2 spot, 6-0, 6-2. Senior Scott Kintz improved his dual match record to 7-2 at the No. 4 spot when he defeated Jari Niskala in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. John Paul Fruttero clinched the match at No. 1 by defeating the Wildcat's Tom Lloyd, 6-4, 6-4.
A LOOK AT UCLA: The No. 1-ranked UCLA Bruins (19-1, 6-1 Pac-10) recently defeated Oregon, 7-0, at the LA Tennis Center, April 7, after defeated Washington, 6-1, the day before. In individual rankings released on April 6, Jean-Julien Rojer fell several places and is now ranked No. 9 in singles. Other Bruins ranked nationally include Tobias Clemens, No. 48, Jean-Noel Grinda, No. 78, and Erfan Djahangiri, No. 88. In doubles, two teams made the top 50. The tandem of Grinda and Rojer are at No. 13 and Matkowski and Rettenmaier is ranked No. 26. Two weeks ago, UCLA fell to No. 4 Stanford, 4-3, before defeated Cal, 5-2 in Los Angeles.
A LOOK AT USC: The No. 21-ranked USC Trojans (13-6, 3-4 Pac-10) are riding a recent sweep of their competition this past weekend, including a big upset over No. 13-ranked Washington and a comfortable 6-1 victory over Oregon. In singles, Andrew Park is ranked No. 13 and Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore rank No. 12 in doubles. In their last meeting, Cal walked away with a strong win over the then No. 20-ranked Trojans, 4-2, down in Los Angeles. The Bears won the doubles point and grabbed three of five singles points for the match.