Fruttero Advances to Quarterfinals at Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2003

Ojai, Calif. - The Bears started the day with four players alive in the main draw, but only senior All-American John Paul Fruttero lived to see another day as he advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Pac-10 Championships this afternoon, April 24, in Ojai.

After receiving a first round bye, Fruttero survived a three-set scare from #76 Pim Van Mele of Arizona State, but hung on to record an upset victory, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2, and a date in tomorrow's quarterfinal action. His opponent, Washington's #27 Matt Hanlin defeated Stanford's James Pade to advance to tomorrow's 8 a.m. matchup with Fruttero.

Teammates #40 Conor Niland, #48 Robert Kowalczyk and Or Dekel all completed first round victories, only to be ousted in the Round of 16. UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli pulled out a 6-3, 6-3 upset victory over Niland, #56 Scott Lipsky of Stanford downed Dekel and #12 David Martin of Stanford survived a three-set scare from Kowalczyk.

Cal entered eight players into the invitational draw, only to see half of them advance to see another day. A first round bye for #110 Balazs Veress was just what the doctor ordered as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Oregon's Jason Menke in the Round of 16. Veress will face UCLA's Alberto Francis at 8:00 a.m. on Friday in the quarterfinals. Senior Steve Berke also received a first round bye, but faced a stiffer challenge in the Round of 16. Arizona's Daniel Andrus forced Berke to a third set, but the All-American Berke persevered with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 decision to see another day. Berke will challenge Chris Surapol of UCLA at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.

Sophomore Mik Ledvonova continued his successful season with a pair of victories as well. He blew out Arizona's Chris Gessner, 6-0, 6-1, in the Round of 32, and took care of UCLA's Aaron Yovan, 6-4, 6-3, in the Round of 16. He will face Stanford's Phil Sheng at 8:00 a.m. on Friday. Junior Wayne Wong took advantage of UCLA's Travis Kinard's first round marathon 6-7 (11-9), 7-6, 7-5 victory and outlasted him with a 6-3, 6-2 decision to advance to the quarterfinals. Wong will tangle with #114 Lassi Ketola of UCLA at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.

The other four invitational players redshirt freshman Dean Wallace, seniors Jeff King and Kevin Patrick and sophomore Patrick Briaud all dropped first round decisions.

Quarterfinal singles play will commence Friday, April 25 at 8:00 a.m. while doubles competition will begin at 11:00 a.m.

In the first two rounds, the Bears record vs. the Pac-10 is as follows: 2-3 vs. UCLA, 0-1 vs. USC, 0-2 vs. Stanford, 0-1 vs. Washington, 3-0 vs. Oregon, 3-0 vs. Arizona and 2-0 vs. Arizona State.

Complete tournament results can be found at www.tennisinformation.com or www.ojaitourney.org.

COMPLETE CALIFORNIA RESULTS:

SINGLES: MAIN DRAWRound of 32  -- Thursday, April 24, 2003John Paul Fruttero (Cal) v. bye#40 Conor Niland (Cal) d. Chris Stewart (ASU), 6-1, 6-1Or Dekel (Cal) d. Oded Tieg (OR), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2#48 Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) d. Paul Warkentin (AZ), 6-3, 6-3Round of 16 - Thursday, April 24, 2003John Paul Fruttero d. #76 Pim Van Mele (ASU), 7-6, 2-6, 6-2Rodrigo Grilli (UCLA) d. #40 Conor Niland (Cal), 6-3, 6-3#56 Scott Lipsky (STAN) d. Or Dekel (Cal), 6-4, 6-4#12 David Martin (STAN) d. #48 Robert Kowalczyk (Cal), 3-6, 6-2, 7-5Quarterfinals - Friday, April 25, 2003John Paul Fruttero (Cal) v. #27 Matt Hanlin (UW), 8:00 a.m.

SINGLES: INVITATIONAL DRAWRound of 32 Invitational - Thursday, April 24, 2003#110 Balazs Veress (Cal) v. byeAlberto Francis (UCLA) d. Dean Wallace (Cal), 6-1, 7-6(2)Chris Surapol (UCLA) d. Jeff King (Cal), 6-2, 6-4Steve Berke (Cal) v. byeParker Collins (USC) d. Kevin Patrick (Cal), 6-2, 6-1Mik Ledvonova (Cal) d. Chris Gessner (AZ), 6-0, 6-1Wayne Wong (Cal) d. Chris King (OR), 6-2, 6-1Peter Scharler (UW) d. Patrick Briuad (Cal), 6-3, 6-3Round of 16 Invitational - Thursday, April 24, 2003#110 Balazs Veress (Cal) d. Jason Menke (UO), 6-3, 6-2Steve Berke (Cal) d. Daniel Andrus (AZ), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2Mik Ledvonova (Cal) d. Aaron Yovan (UCLA), 6-4, 6-3Wayne Wong (Cal) d. Travis Kinard (UCLA), 6-3, 6-2Quarterfinals Invitational - Friday, April 25, 2003#110 Balazs Veress (Cal) v. Alberto Francis (UCLA), 8:00 a.m.Mik Ledvonova (Cal) v. Phil Sheng (STAN), 8:00 a.m.Steve Berke (Cal) v. Chris Surapol (UCLA), 8:00 a.m.Wayne Wong (Cal) v. #114 Lassi Ketola (UCLA), 8:00 a.m.

DOUBLES: MAIN DRAWRound of 16 - Friday, April 25, 2003#7 Berke/Kowalczyk (Cal) v. Bieri/Kost (UO), 12:30 p.m.Briaud/Fruttero (Cal) v. Swinnen/Tieg (UO), 11:00 a.m.

DOUBLES: INVITATIONAL DRAWRound of 16 Invitational - Friday, April 25, 2003Niland/Veress (Cal) v. byeDekel/Wong (Cal) v. Andrus/Mullane (AZ), 11:00 a.m.
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