No. 17 Cal Nipped by No. 6 Stanford, 4-3
April 10, 2002
BERKELEY - No. 17 California almost swept No. 6 Stanford for the first time in 40 years Wednesday afternoon but instead lost a 4-3 decision at the Hellman Tennis Center in front of about 400 fans. The Golden Bears fell to 14-5 overall (2-1 Pac-10), while the Cardinal improved to 17-2 (3-0).
In February, the Golden Bears ended the Cardinal's 75-match home winning streak with a 4-3 win. The decisive point came from a three-set win by John Paul Fruttero on the No. 1 singles court.
No. 22 Fruttero played Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel at No. 1 singles for a second time today, but the fourth-ranked Hippensteel battled back for a three-set victory. Fruttero led 4-2 in the third set before losing the match, 7-6, 2-6, 4-6.
Cal's three points came from wins on the Nos. 4 through 6 courts, including three-set wins from Wayne Wong and Mik Ledvonova. Stanford took the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches.
The Bears next travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face the Arizona Wildcats Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT.
#6 Stanford 4, #17 California 3
(1) John Paul Fruttero/Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Scott Lipsky/David Martin (Stanford) - 8-3
(2) KJ Hippensteel/Ryan Haviland (Stanford) def. Ben Miles/Balazs Veress (Cal) - 8-5
(3) Phil Sheng/Sam Warburg (Stanford) def. Chase Exon/Conor Niland (Cal) - 8-5
(1) KJ Hippensteel (Stanford) def. John Paul Fruttero (Cal) - 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
(2) David Martin (Stanford) def. Balazs Veress (Cal) - 6-1, 6-3
(3) Scott Lipsky (Stanford) def. Conor Nilano (Cal) - 7-6, 7-5
(4) Wayne Wong (Cal) def. Ryan Haviland (Stanford) - 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
(5) Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Sam Warburg (Stanford) - 6-2, 6-2
(6) Mik Ledvonova (Cal) def. Phil Sheng (Stanford) - 3-6, 6-4, 6-3