Cal Men's Tennis Heads to Napa
Sept. 18, 2002
TO THE WINE COUNTRY: The Cal men's tennis team face their first competition of the year this weekend as they host the Napa Valley Tennis Challenge at the Meadowood Resort, Sept. 20-22. A three-day collegiate individual tournament, the Napa Valley Tennis Challenge will feature No. 13 Cal and No. 65 Arizona from the Pac-10 conference, No. 4 Illinois from the Big-10 Conference and NCAA runner-up No. 2 Georgia from the SEC (For directions go to www.meadowood.com).
ABOUT CAL: Junior Balazs Veress, who is currently ranked 71st in the country, leads the charge for Cal this weekend. Veress closed out the 2002 campaign with a 21-15 overall mark in singles competition and was named honorable mention All-Pac-10. He will be joined by #82-ranked sophomore Conor Niland from Ireland, seniors Jeff King, Robert Kowalczyk and Kevin Patrick, junior Wayne Wong and sophomores Patrick Briaud and Dean Wallace. Cal finished 10th in the nation last season, with an overall record of 19-7, good enough for a second place tie with USC in the Pac-10 behind Stanford and UCLA.
ABOUT ARIZONA: The Bears and the Wildcats met twice last year in regular season play, with Cal beating the Tucson-based team both times 6-1 and 5-2. Arizona finished the 2001-2 season with a 9-12 record and 1-6 in Pac-10 action. The top returner is No. 62-ranked junior Whi Kim, who moved up 42 places from his final ranking of No. 104. The Cats will debut two new faces in Napa, freshman Daniel Andrus (Fallbrook, CA) and sophomore transfer (Ohio State) Paul Warkentin.
ABOUT ILLINOIS: This will be only the fourth ever meeting between the Bears and Fighting Illini, who last met on Feb. 2, 2002 at the National Team Indoors. Illinois claimed the day, beating Cal by a 4-1 mark. Illinois reached the Elite Eight in the 2001-02 NCAA Championships and finished fourth in the national rankings. This season, the Fighting Illini showcase Amer Delic ranked number 12 in the country, No. 39-ranked Brian Wilson, No. 73 Phil Stolt and No. 88 Michael Calkins. Last season, Illinois closed out the season with 181-65 (.736) record in singles play, and a 86-32 (.729) mark in doubles play.
ABOUT GEORGIA: Cal currently sports a 3-2 record over the Bulldogs, with the last meeting between the two coming in 2001, a 4-0 Bulldog win. The Bulldogs finished the 2001-02 campaign ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 28-4 record, before falling to USC in the championship final. The Bulldogs have two ranked players this season, with Lesley Joseph improving from the 68th slot last season to 41st overall this year, and Bo Hodge jumping into No. 79 in the preseason polls after being unranked last season. Georgia closed out its 2001-02 campaign with a 175-67 mark in singles play, and a 56-25 record in doubles competition.
THE SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:(Admission is free for all events)
Friday, September 20, 20029:00 a.m. Singles: Cal vs. Georgia followed by Arizona vs. IllinoisAfternoon doubles competition
Saturday, September 21, 20029:00 a.m. Singles: Cal vs. Illinois followed by Georgia vs. ArizonaAfternoon doubles competition
Sunday, September 22, 20028:00 a.m. Singles: mixed matchesNo doubles competitionPlay ends at 1:00 p.m.