Winning Streak Reaches Seven with Big Win over BYU
March 26, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. - The 20th-ranked California men's tennis team (11-3) won its seven consecutive match today, downing BYU in an impressive 5-2 victory at Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. With the win, the Bears match their longest winning streak since 1998, and prepare to take that momentum into their Pac-10 opener on Friday against Washington.
In doubles, Ben Miles and Balazs Veress improved to 9-2 on the second doubles court with a dominating 8-3 performance against BYU's Jeff Harbach and Jeff Olsen. With the point coming down to the third court, Chase Exon and Conor Niland rallied to tie Nic Losee and Erik Nyman at eight and force a tie-breaker. Cal's duo would hold on to win, 9-8 (4) to set the tone for the team's singles play.
Freshman sensation Mik Ledvonova continued his impressive play, shutting down the Cougars' Jeff Olson on court six, sweeping the senior, 6-2, 6-2. Junior team captain John Paul Fruttero also continued his trademark scrappy play, out volleying senior Gert Vilnus's strong serving en route to a 6-1, 6-3 victory on the top court. With the win, Fruttero claimed his 10th singles win of the season, and is the first Bear to break double digits. Veress remained one win behind, claiming his ninth of the season on the second court.
Cal returns to action on Friday, March 29 against Pac-10 rival Washington. The match is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. at Hellman Tennis Complex.
Vilms/Lozano (BYU) def. Fruttero/Kowalczyk, 9-7
Miles/Veress (Cal) def. Harbach/Olsen, 8-3
Exon/Niland (Cal) def. Losee/Nyman, 9-8 (4)
John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. Gert Vilms, 6-1, 6-3
Balazs Veress (Cal) def. Erik Nyman, 6-4, 6-3
Nic Losee (BYU) def. Wayne Wong, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 ()
Conor Niland (Cal) def. Anton Rudjuk, 6-2, 6-1
Jeff Olsen (BYU) def. Robert Kowalczyk, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4
Mik Ledvonova (Cal) def. Jeff Harbach, 6-2, 6-2