No. 5 Bears (9-1) Edge No. 48 Sun Devils, 4-3
March 7, 2003
Tempe, Ariz. - The California men's tennis team won its ninth match of the season with a 4-3 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils this afternoon, March 7 at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe. Cal sophomore Mik Ledvonova won his eighth dual match of the season to lead the Golden Bears.
In doubles play, the Sun Devils took two of the three matches to claim the doubles point. Balazs Veress and Patrick Briaud fell to the Letcher team of Chris and Clint, 8-5, on court No. 2, and Ledvonova and Conor Niland were defeated by Pim van Mele and Ryan McBride, 8-6, on court No. 3, giving up the doubles point to Arizona State. Steve Berke and Robert Kowalczyk battled fiercely and walked away with the 9-8(5) victory over Chris Stewart and Olivier Charroin.
In singles action, Cal edged the Sun Devils 4-2 to claim the victory. The Letcher brothers carried their momentum from doubles play into singles action, both claiming victories on courts two and five. Clint Letcher defeated Veress, 6-4, 7-5, and Chris Letcher dropped Berke, 6-4, 4-1 (ret.). As the match wore on, it came down to either Or Dekel's match or Niland's to whom the victory would be awarded. Both matches went the distance with Dekel claiming the 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-1 decision over Chris Stewart and Niland taking the 1-6, 6-0, 7-6 victory over Pim van Mele. On court No. 6, Ledvonova continued his impressive eight-match winning streak with a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Ryan McBride.
Cal returns to action Saturday, March 8 as the Bears take on Arizona at noon in Tucson.
RESULTNo. 5 California 4, No. 48 Arizona State 3
SINGLES1. Conor Niland (Cal) def. Pim van Mele (ASU), 1-6, 6-0, 7-62. Clint Letcher (ASU) def. Balazs Veress (Cal), 6-4, 7-53. Or Dekel (Cal) def. Chris Stewart (ASU), 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-14. Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Olivier Charroin (ASU), 6-4, 6-35. Chris Letcher (ASU) def. Steve Berke (Cal), 6-4, 4-1 (ret.)6. Mik Ledvonova (Cal) def. Ryan McBride (ASU), 6-4, 6-3
DOUBLES1. Berke/Kowalczyk (Cal)def. Charroin/Stewart (ASU), 9-8(5)2. Letcher/Letcher (ASU) def. Briaud/Veress (Cal), 8-53. McBride/van Mele (ASU) def. Ledvonova/Niland (Cal), 8-6