No. 4 Cal Battles No. 7 Stanford for Bay Area Bragging Rights
April 7, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 4-ranked California men's tennis team (16-2, 2-0, Pac-10), off to its best start in 13 years, challenges Bay Area conference rival No. 7 Stanford (15-3, 2-0, Pac-10) for the chance to claim the season sweep after defeating the Cardinal, 4-3, earlier this season. The match is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford.
Earlier in the season, Feb. 1, the Bears hosted the then fourth-ranked Cardinal at Hellman Tennis Complex, and escaped with a 4-3 victory. Cal dropped the doubles point by losing two of the three matches, but rallied to take four of the six singles matches for the win. Junior Balazs Veress defeated Ryan Haviland on court one, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, sophomore Conor Niland edged Scott Lipsky on three, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, senior Robert Kowalczyk dropped K.C. Corkery, 6-2, 6-2, and sophomore Mik Ledvonova defeated Carter Morris, 7-5, 6-3.
The last three matches between the two cross-bay rivals have been decided by one point, all 4-3 decisions, with Cal taking two out of three. If the Bears emerge victorious, the team's 17-2 record would be the best start ever in the program's 78-year history.