Niland and Briaud Advance to Round of 16 at Pacific Coast Doubles

Feb. 28, 2003

La Jolla, Calif. - The No. 5 California men's tennis team sent four doubles tandems to the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships taking place this weekend at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, but only one of the pairs finished the day still alive. Cal's Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland won both matches and advance to a Round of 16 game Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in La Jolla.

Briaud and Niland began the day by defeating Santa Barbara's Nicholas Brotman and Ilya D. Leshinsky, 6-3, 6-1. The pair followed their initial victory with a strong encore performance, upsetting the fourth-seeded John Chafreau and Mike Grass with a swift 6-1, 6-4 victory to propel the Cal duo into the Round of 16. Briaud and Niland have only played in five matches together as of yet, but have compiled a 4-1 record.

Teaming together for the first time, freshman Or Dekel and senior Jeff King were the other first round winners, cruising to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jim Kellogg and William Kellogg to advance to the Round of 32. But the second round proved to be the dagger as the Dekel/King team played a close first set, but ultimately fell 7-6(7), 6-2 to the No. 1-seed Adriano Biasella and Peter Smith.

Cal's top tandem of Steve Berke and Robert Kowalczyk suffered a first round defeat with a disappointing 6-4, 6-4 loss to Trent Miller and Jakub Pietrowski. Things only got worse from there as the pair was forced to withdraw due to injury in consolation play.

Kevin Patrick and Dean Wallace also fell short in the first round, losing 6-3, 6-2 to San Diego's fifth-seeded Derek Miller and Michael Paradowski. In the third round of consolation action the Cal tandem lost once again, but this time pushed Kashiwabara and Pakt to a three-set decision.

COMPLETE CAL RESULTS

Friday, February 28, 2003(Round of 64)Briaud/Niland (CAL) def. Nicholas Brotman/Ilya D. Leshinsky (UCSB), 6-3, 6-1(5) Derek Miller/Michael Paradowski (USD) def. Patrick/Wallace (CAL), 6-3, 6-2Trent Miller (San Diego)/Jakub Pietrowski (Huntington Beach) def. (6) Berke/Kowalczyk (CAL), 6-4, 6-4Dekel/King (CAL) def. Jim Kellogg(San Diego)/William Kellogg (La Jolla), 6-1, 6-3(Round of 32)Briaud/Niland (CAL) vs. (4)John Chanfreau (Chula Vista)/Mike Grass (San Diego), 6-1, 6-4(1)Adriano Biasella (Los Angeles)/Peter Smith (USC) def. Dekel/King (CAL), 7-6(7), 6-2(Consolation - 3rd Round)Kashiwabara/Ptak def. Patrick/Wallace (CAL), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4(9)Washer/Washer def. (6)Berke/Kowalczyk (CAL) (injury)

Saturday, March 1, 2003(Round of 16)Briaud/Niland (CAL) vs. (4)Daniel Langre/Ruben Torres (USC), 9:00 a.m.

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