No. 7 Stanford Upsets No. 4 California, 4-3, Evens Season Series
April 8, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - The fourth-ranked California men's tennis team (16-3, 2-1, Pac-10) let an early lead slip away as the seventh-ranked Stanford Cardinal rallied for a 4-3 upset victory this afternoon, April 8, at the Taube Tennis Stadium in Stanford. The Bears dropped their first Pac-10 match of the year falling to 2-1 in conference play, while Stanford improves to 16-3 and 3-0 in league play.
California jumped on the scoreboard early, taking two of the three doubles matches to earn the point. The Bears' 25th-ranked doubles tandem of Steve Berke and Robert Kowalczyk kept on trucking, claiming their fifth win in a row with an upset victory on the marquee court. The Cal duo handed fourth-ranked Scott Lipsky and David Martin just their fourth loss of the year with an 8-6 victory. The newly formed duo of Conor Niland and Balazs Veress remained perfect since joining together April 4, completing an 8-4 victory over Phil Sheng and Sam Warburg to improve to 3-0 on the season. The previously undefeated tandem of Patrick Briaud and John Paul Fruttero recorded the only doubles blemish, falling 8-4 to 27th-ranked KC Corkery and James Pade.
Stanford tied the match at 1-1 and again at 2-2 with wins at No. 1 and 3, respectively. Corkery grabbed the Cardinal's first point with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Balazs Veress. After Cal's #56 Kowalczyk disposed of Phil Sheng, 6-3, 6-4, to give the Bears the 2-1 lead, Martin tied the match again after handing Fruttero is fourth consecutive loss, 6-4, 6-2, on court one.
The Golden Bears claimed a 3-2 lead with #50 Niland's three-set win over #64 Lipsky at No. 2, but Pade returned the favor as Berke retired due to injury at the fifth spot.
With the match coming down to the wire tied at 3-3, freshman Or Dekel and Sam Warburg were engaged in a three-set battle on court four, with the winner claiming rights to the victory. Dekel recorded a 6-2 first set victory, but Warburg responded with a 6-3 second set of his own. The Stanford sophomore then rallied in the third after being down 4-1 to pick up a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 decision and the Stanford victory.
With the loss, the teams split the season series, 1-1, as the Bears defeated the Cardinal, 4-3, Feb. 1 in Berkeley.
Cal returns home for its next scheduled match Friday, April 11, as the Arizona Wildcats travel to Berkeley for a 1:30 match-up at the Hellman Tennis Courts.
FINAL RESULT#7 Stanford 4, #4 California 3
SinglesNo. 1 - #12 David Martin (S) def. John Paul Fruttero (C) -- 6-4, 6-2No. 2 - #50 (tie) Conor Niland (C) def. #64 Scott Lipsky (S) -- 4-6, 6-4, 6-2No. 3 - #53 KC Corkery (S) def. Balazs Veress (C) -- 6-4, 6-3No. 4 - #57 Sam Warburg (S) def. Or Dekel (C) -- 6-2, 3-6, 6-4*No. 5 - James Pade (S) def. Steve Berke (C) -- 4-6, 6-3, 3-2, ret. inj.No. 6 - #56 Robert Kowalczyk (C) def. Phil Sheng (S) -- 6-3, 6-4ORDER OF FINISH: 3, 6, 1, 2, 5, 4*Clinched match
Doubles (Cal wins point)No. 1 - #25 Steve Berke/Robert Kowalczyk (C) def. #4 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) -- 8-6No. 2 - #27 KC Corkery/James Pade (S) def. Patrick Briaud/John Paul Fruttero (C) -- 8-4No. 3 - Conor Niland/Balazs Veress (C) def. Phil Sheng/Sam Warburg (S) -- 8-4
Records - #4 California 16-3 overall (2-1 Pacific-10 Conference), #7 Stanford 16-3 (3-0).