Cal Hopes to Dominate Action in Oregon
Cal men's tennis travels to Eugene Ore. in hopes of improving on a promising beginning to the 2003-04 season. The Bears will look to conquer their regional powers before tuning up for the second major championship of the year, the National Indoors, in early November.
Junior Conor Niland leads the Bears in Eugene, still high off of a stellar performance, last weekend at the ITA All-American Championship. After dropping his first match to No. 1 seed Benedikt Dorsch, Niland got into 'the zone,' winning five straight matches including nine straight sets to come away with the consolation championship on one of tennis' grandest stages. Niland, 7-2 in singles competition, was rewarded this week with the No.1 seed at the regional and a first round bye.
Niland will get plenty of support from his teammates, especially fellow seniors Balazs Veress and Wayne Wong. Wong has played very efficiently this fall, winning 7 of 9 total sets for a record of, 3-1. As the No. 7 seed in the tournament, the native of Hong Kong will be striving to make this event his coming out party.
Balazs Veress has had a tougher time of it so far this fall, with just a 1-3 record. But as the No. 4 seed in this tournament Balazs seems poised to turn things around with an impressive showing this weekend.
In doubles competition, the Bears boast the No. 2 and No. 5 seeds. Conor Niland will try for the double in singles and doubles, as he teams up with partner Balazs Veress to form the second seed. Tyler Browne and Dean Wallace, who have fused together very well this year, will hold down the fifth seed. Browne and Wallace came out the goats on fire, winnning their first six matches of the fall.
Other Cal teams will be: Leivent/Minato, Petersen/Pettit, and Briaud/Wong.