No. 22 Bears Winning Streak Reaches 10 in Upset of No. 2 UCLA

April 5, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of California men's tennis team extended its winning streak to 10 consecutive matches today by handing second-ranked UCLA only its second loss of the season, 4-3, at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Bears match the third longest winning streak in school history, and improve their record to 14-3 on the season.

Cal has not lost a match since dropping a 4-2 decision to Pepperdine on February 17 in Malibu. Since then, the Bears have upset the then-No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, ending the Cardinal's 75 home match winning streak. The second meeting between the two squads is set for Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in Berkeley. In addition, Cal has opened up its Pac-10 season 2-0, having yet to drop a point in conference play. This afternoon's match with UCLA will not count against the teams' Pac-10 records.

UCLA got off to a quick start by defeating Cal's usually steady duo of Ben Miles and Balazs Veress on the top court, 8-1, in the pair's worst loss of the season. After John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk were doubled up on court No. 2 by UCLA's Tobias Clemens and Erfan Djahangiri, play was suspended at the third spot, as UCLA had already wrapped up the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.

Freshman sensation Mik Ledvonova continued to sparkle for the Bears, blowing UCLA's Nick Kreiss off of court six, breezing to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Another Bear freshman, Conor Niland, rebounded from a rough first set to defeat Djahangiri, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 at the third spot. With the score standing at 3-3 and all the attention turned to the first court, Cal's team captain, Fruttero, played like a champ, finishing off the higher-ranked Clemens in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4 to complete the upset.

Cal will stay in the Los Angeles area to take on No. 18 USC tomorrow at noon on the Southern California campus.


Cal: 14-3
UCLA: 16-2

1. Ketola/Matkowski (UCLA) def. Miles/Veress (Cal) 8-1
2. Clemens/Djahangiri (UCLA) def. (37) Fruttero/Kowalczyk (Cal) 8-4
3. Kreiss/Nguyen (UCLA) vs. Exon/Niland (Cal) Suspended

1. (22) John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. (10) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) 7-6, 6-4
2. (15) Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) def. (83) Balazs Veress (Cal) 6-3, 7-6
3. Conor Niland (Cal) def. Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Lassi Ketola (UCLA) def. (120) Wayne Wong (Cal) 7-6, 6-2
5. Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Derrick Nguyen (UCLA) 6-3, 6-2
6. Mik Ledvonova (Cal) def. Nick Kreiss (UCLA) 6-0, 6-0

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