Men's Tennis Plays in Bulldog Classic

Oct. 8, 2001

Fresno - Four Cal mens tennis players competed in the Bulldog Classic in Fresno over the weekend, with two advancing as far as the final game in their respective brackets.

Wayne Wong, who highlighted Cal men at the Napa Valley Tennis Challenge last weekend, lost only one set enroute to the final game. The 4th seeded Wong defeated number 1 seeded Nick Fustar of Fresno in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) to advance to the championship round. Wong won the first set there (7-5) against 5th seeded Stephan Suta, also of Fresno, but dropped the final two sets (6-2, 6-3), placing 2nd in the singles portion of the competition.

Patrick Briaud advanced to the second round of the singles competition, but was defeated by 2nd seeded Dietrick Haug of Pacific in straight sets (7-6, 6-4). However, Briaud was awarded the top seed of the consolation bracket, where he advanced to the final game against Santa Clara's Francisco Zepponi. Briaud fought hard, but ended up losing a heartbreaker to the Bronco, 8-7.

Newcommer Dean Wallace and Jeff King also participated in the singles for Cal, both being eliminated in the second round.

Wong and Wallace represented the Bears in the doubles competition, and defeated Loyola's duo of Mike Lewin and Millro Comoren 8-2, but were eliminated by a group from Cal-Poly in the second round, 8-6.

The Bears compete all this week in the All American Individual championships. For up-to-date information on the event, which takes place in Stone Mountain, GA, visit www.itatennis.com.

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