Red Hot Cal Sweeps No. 2 UCLA, Travels to Pac-10 Championships
April 23, 2002
PREVIEWING THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This weekend, the Bears (18-6, 5-2) travel to the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, which feature some of the nation's best individual tennis competition. Seven of the eight squads in the conference are currently ranked among the ITA's top 75 schools. Although they boast a 5-2 conference record, the Bears are a combined 9-3 against Pac-10 schools, defeating each team at least once, with sweeps of UCLA and Arizona.
BEARS TO HOST NCAA REGIONALS: The men's and women's tennis teams will host the NCAA Regionals competition at Berkeley. The event takes place on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12.
A BIT OF HISTORY: While Cal has not won a national championship since its inaugural season in 1925, the Bears have finished second in the NCAA Championship four times, most recently in 1980. The 2002 Bears squad has both a better overall winning percentage (.750) and a better conference record (5-2) than that squad.
2002 MEN'S TENNIS TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
*The Bears boast their highest Pacific-10 finish in team history, ending in a second-place tie with UCLA and USC.
*With a .750 (18-6) winning percentage, Cal ties the 1989 squad for the highest team winning percentage in team history (minimum 18 matches).
*Between February 20 and April 5, 2002, the Bears reeled off a 10 match winning streak, which ties for the third-longest in school history (14-1931, 11-1989).
*Cal swept the Los Angeles schools in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1953.
*2002 is the first time that the Bears have beaten national juggernauts UCLA, USC and Stanford in the same season since 1953.
*Cal ended its 21-match losing streak (dating back to 1991) to Stanford on February 23, 2002. The win also ended Stanford's 75-match home winning streak (dating back to 1996).
*The Bears got their first victory against UCLA in Los Angeles en route to completing their first sweep of the Bruins since 1953.
LAST WEEK AGAINST USC: Cal followed up on its win over Pepperdine with yet another impressive win, this time taking down No. 13 UCLA, 5-1. 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. Cal took the first set in five of the six singles matches. Coming through to secure the upset was Niland, defeating Prakash Armitraj, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.
LAST WEEK AGAINST UCLA: Cal completed its week of upsets with a 5-2 victory over No. 2 UCLA. The Bears slipped into an early 1-0 deficit, losing two of three doubles matches. Although a tough Bruin squad led 1-0, the Bears came out on fire in the singles portion of the contest. Leading the way was No. 19 John Paul Fruttero, who took down sixth-ranked Tobias Clemens in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Following on the heels Fruttero's win was No. 113 Balazs Veress, who defeated his opponent on the second court.