No. 4 Cal Sweeps No. 26 Arkansas in First Round of National Team Indoors

Feb. 20, 2003

Louisville, KY - The California men's tennis team continued its winning ways this afternoon with a 4-0 sweep of No. 26 Arkansas in the first round of the National Team Indoor Championships in Louisville, KY. The Bears improve to a perfect 6-0 on the season and will face No. 6 Florida in Friday's quarterfinal action at 12:30 p.m. (EST).

The Bears kicked it into gear early, claiming the doubles point with wins on courts No. 2 and 3. Patrick Briaud and Balazs Veress improved to 6-0 on the year with their 8-4 victory over Aleksey Bubis and Matt Roberts on court No. 2. On the third court, Conor Niland and Mik Ledvonova turned in an 8-4 performance as well, defeating Rohan Gajjar and Parker. On court No. 1, the two tandems did not finish play as Cal had already claimed the doubles point.

Cal carried the momentum onto the singles courts, taking a quick 2-0 lead as Ledvonova made quick work of Arkansas' Matt Roberts, 6-2, 6-2. The Bears' top-ranked player, No. 31 Niland, also made quick work of his opponent No. 57 Aleksey Bubis, 6-2, 6-3, to give Cal a commanding 3-0 lead. Israeli Or Dekel solidified the easy victory for the Bears on court three with his 6-1, 6-4 snubbing of Eduardo Pacheco. Veress, No. 82 Robert Kowalczyk and Steve Berke all had their matches cut short as the Arkansas opponents decided not to finish with the Cal victory already in hand.

The Bears return to action tomorrow, Feb. 21 in a quarterfinal matchup with No. 6 Florida at 12:30 p.m. Cal is making its first appearance in the USTA/ITA quarterfinals for the first time since 1990 and improves to 11-3 all-time in first round matches.Check out all of the tournament action at www.itatennis.com.

RESULTNo. 4 California 4, No. 26 Arkansas 0

SINGLES 1.No. 37 Balazs Veress (CAL) vs. Nathan Price (ARK), DNF2.No. 31 Conor Niland (CAL) def. No. 57 Aleksey Bubis (ARK), 6-2, 6-33. Or Dekel (Cal) def. No. 104 Eduardo Pacheco (ARK), 6-1, 6-4*4. No. 82 Robert Kowalczyk (CAL) vs. Adrians Zguns (ARK), DNF5. Steve Berke (CAL) vs. Rohan Gajjar (ARK), DNF6. Mik Ledvonova (CAL) def. Matt Roberts (ARK), 6-2, 6-2ORDER OF FINISH (singles): 6, 2, 3

DOUBLES1. Berke/Kowalczyk (CAL) vs. Price/Pacheco (ARK), DNF2. Briaud/Veress (CAL) def. Bubis/Roberts (ARK), 8-43. Niland/Ledvonova (CAL) def. Gajjar/Parker (ARK), 8-4

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