No. 19 Cal Upsets No. 13 USC, 5-1
April 19, 2002
By Jeff King
BERKELEY - No. 19 California (17-6, 4-2 Pac-10) avenged a 4-3 loss to USC three weeks ago, upsetting the 13th-ranked Trojans (18-6, 4-2 Pac-10) 5-1 Friday afternoon at the Hellman Tennis Center.
By winning two of the three doubles matches, the Golden Bears took an early 1-0 lead. In only their second match together, Ben Miles and Conor Niland were the first team off the court, winning their match 8-6 on the second court. Clinching the doubles point on the first court, the No. 26-ranked team of John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk upset the No. 7 team of Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey, 8-6.
Using the momentum from the doubles matches, Cal took the first set in five of the six singles matches. Closing out his match first, Wayne Wong routed USC's Daniel Langre on court five, 6-2, 6-1. Next was Fruttero, playing on court one. Coming off an upset of the No. 1 ranked player in the country on Monday, Fruttero continued his dominating play by beating the Trojan's Andrew Park, 6-3, 6-3.
With a 3-0 lead, the Bears needed only one of the remaining four matches for a victory. Coming through to secure the upset was freshman Conor Niland. After losing the first set, Niland stormed back to win the next two in a convincing fashion, defeating Prakash Armitraj, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. With the match already decided, Robert Kowalczyk's match with Nick Rainey on courtfour was suspended, while Mik Ledvonova gutted out a long match on court six, prevailing 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. The only loss of the day for Cal came on court two where Balazs Veress lost to Ryan Moore, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow against second-ranked UCLA Bruins at 12 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Center. A win for Cal would give them a season sweep of the Bruins for the first time in over 45 years and had great ramifications on the Bears' national ranking.
Men's Tennis Results at Hellman Tennis Complex
CAL: 17-6, 4-2 (Pac-10)USC: 18-6, 4-2 (Pac-10)
DoublesKowalczyk/Fruttero (Cal) def. Moore/Rainey 8-6Niland/Miles (Cal) def. Sullivan/Torres 8-6Langre/Armitraj (USC) def. Veress/Briaud 8-6
SinglesFruttero (Cal) def. Park 6-3, 6-3Moore (USC) def. Veress 3-6, 6-4, 6-2Niland (Cal) def. Armitraj 4-6, 6-0, 6-2Kowalczyk (Cal) vs. Rainey 7-6(5), 5-7 (susp.)Wong (Cal) def. Langre 6-2, 6-1Ledvonova (Cal) def. Torres 6-0, 4-6, 6-4