Men's Tennis Checks in at No. 10 in Preseason Rankings

Jan. 13, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. - The California men's tennis team was picked as the No. 10 team in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in the preseason rankings announced today, Jan. 13, 2003.

The Bears, who finished the 2002 season with a 19-7 overall record and a No. 13 national ranking, completed their best Pac-10 finish ever (5-2/T2nd). Two other Pac-10 teams joining the Bears in the Top 10 are Stanford (No. 4) and defending NCAA Champion USC (No. 7).

Individual rankings were also released today, as Cal placed four players in the Top 100. Sophomore Conor Niland leads the group at No. 31, followed by No. 37 Balazs Veress, No. 82 Robert Kowalczyk and No. 95 Wayne Wong. Seniors John Paul Fruttero and Steve Berke did not play during the fall and are therefore not eligible to be ranked in the preseason polls. The Bears did not place a doubles team in the Top 60.

Cal begins the regular season at Pepperdine on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Malibu.

Preseason ITA Top 25Team (1st place votes) 	Points1 UCLA (29) 		25402 Illinois (8) 		25143 Baylor (2) 		24744 Stanford		23585 Florida 		23526 Georgia 		23497 Southern California (2) 	23408 Mississippi 		23249 Kentucky 		228410 California 		226911 Duke 			217612 Texas 		         217413 Texas A&M 		209114 Tennessee 		208815 Auburn 		206216 VCU			203717 Alabama 		200818 Pepperdine 		199819 Minnesota 		187020 Washington 		186121 South Florida 		183022 South Carolina 	         181923 Wake Forest 		178324 Ohio State 		176125 Mississippi State 	1729
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