California to Face Stanford in Rematch Tuesday
April 5, 2002
CAL VS. STANFORD II: The Bears and the Cardinal will meet for the first time since Cal's dramatic 4-3 upset over Stanford at Stanford on February 23. With the win, Cal snapped Stanford's 75-home match winning streak. The Bears also broke their own losing streak to the Cardinal, winning for the first time in 22 matches.
THIS TIME, IT'S FOR KEEPS: Tuesday's match takes on a larger role than school rivalry. As is the case in past seasons, the second meeting between the two Bay Area teams will count in the Pac-10 standings. The Bears, who have yet to drop a point in Pac-10 play, are a perfect 2-0 in the conference, matching the Cardinal's own 2-0 mark. Stanford, however, gave up a point to Washington.
KOWALCZYK'S TIEBREAK WIN SEALS THE DEAL: In a rivalry like these two squads have, no upset win can come without its dramatics. In fact, the Bears had their backs to the wall, down 3-0 and on the brink of a loss, before the wins began to come. First freshman sensation Mik Ledvonova turned in a straight set 7-5, 6-0 victory on the sixth court to break the ice for the Bears. Then the crowd's attention turned to Cal team captain John Paul Fruttero, who had taken a lead over the ITA's No. 1 player, K.J. Hippensteel on court one. With the third set standing at 5-3, Fruttero served out the match, handing Hippensteel his first loss of the season. Wayne Wong followed suit on the third court, handing a loss to the ITA's 19th-ranked player in David Martin to tie the match at 3. With the attention turned to the fifth court, Robert Kowalczyk fought off a comeback by Sam Warburg to clinch Cal's win in a tiebreak set, capping the victory.
BEARS ON NINE-MATCH WINNING STREAK: The upset victory over Stanford marked the second win in what has become a nine-match winning streak for the Bears. The streak marks the fourth longest in school history, and the longest for any Cal squad since the 1989 team took 11 straight (1/13/89-3/17/89). That streak is the Bears' second longest, following the 1931 squad's 14.