Bears to Represent Cal at NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships

May 1, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. - Sophomore #36 Conor Niland and the #8 doubles tandem of Robert Kowalczyk and Steve Berke were selected to represent the University of California men's tennis team at the 2003 NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships, announced by the NCAA Men's Tennis Committee this afternoon, May 1 in Indianapolis. The seventh-ranked Bears will also be challenging for the team title, beginning with a Round of 64 matchup with Sacramento State at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley.

Hailing out of Limerick, Ireland, Niland makes his first career appearance at the individual competition. Currently the 36th-ranked singles player in the nation, he entered the fall ranked #49 and has been a consistent fixture in the Top 50 all season long. He spent the majority of the spring season playing on courts one and two, compiling a 7-2 slate at No. 1 and 9-3 at No. 2. His 17 dual wins were tied for most on the team, while his 25-10 overall record is tops on the squad.

Senior #57 Kowalczyk makes his first singles appearance after being named the number one alternate. As a doubles player, though, he earned All-America honors as a junior last season and combined with John Paul Fruttero in advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16. Now teamed with partner Berke in 2003, the Cal duo makes its first such appearance. The two enter the individual competition with a #8 national ranking and a 10-7 overall record.

The 64-player Singles Championship begins on Wednesday, May 21 and runs through May 26 with one round played each day at the University of Georgia. The NCAA Doubles Championship gets underway Thursday, May 22, as the competitors play one round each day, capped with the final on May 26. Each region receives automatic entry for four singles players and two doubles teams.

Neither Cal singles player is seeded, but Berke and Kowalczyk received a spot in the 5-8 seeds. The following are the singles and doubles seeds based upon competition between Sept. 7, 2002, and April 27, 2003.

SINGLESSeeds 1-8:No. 1 Bobby Reynolds, VanderbiltNo. 2 Benedikt Dorsch, BaylorNo. 3 Amer Delic, IllinoisNo. 4 Bo Hodge, GeorgiaNo. 5 Tobias Clemens, UCLANo. 6 Janne Holmia, FloridaNo. 7 Alex Hartman, MississippiNo. 8 David Martin, StanfordSeeds 9-16 listed in alphabetical order:Chad Harris, VanderbiltRameez Junaid, AuburnMichael Kogan, TulaneHamid Mirzadeh, FloridaRyan Newport, Texas A&MAlex Vlaski, WashingtonJesse Witten, Kentucky

DOUBLES:Seeds 1-4:No. 1 William Barker/Richard Barker, RiceNo. 2 Oliver Maiberger/Ryan Redondo, San Diego StateNo. 3 Michael Yani/Phillip King, DukeNo. 4 Scott Lipsky/David Martin, StanfordSeeds 5-8 listed alphabetically by school:Robert Kowalczyk/Steve Berke, CaliforniaCalle Hansen/Diego Acuna, PepperdineLester Cook/Ante Matijevic, Texas A&MMichael Kogan/Victor Romero, Tulane
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