Niland Wins Regional Championship
Oct. 20, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - Conor Niland improved to 12-2 Monday in singles competition, defeating Washington's Alex Slovic in the ITA Northwest Regional Final. After a first set struggle, which ended in a 7-6 victory for Niland, the junior from Limerick, Ireland settled down, winning the second set easily 6-2.
Niland entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and played like it, dropping only one set during the entire competition.
The Cal junior had a bye in the first round, then defeated Quinn Borchard (Portland 6-0, Ret.), Daniel Chu (Washington 4-6, 6-2, 6-4), Thomas Bieri (Oregon 6-1, 6-2), and Christoph Palmanshofer (Washington 6-2, 6-2) to make the final.
Wong advanced all the way to the quarterfinals, before having to stop play due to an injury against Sam Warburg of Stanford. Although Wong fell late in the competition, the Cal senior was still able to improve his record to 6-2 on the season.
Browne and Wallace have proven to be a lethal combination. They were able to advance to the quarterfinals before falling to No. 1 seeded Alex Slovic and Alex Vlaski of Washington. Browne and Wallace were able to improve to 8-2 in doubles competition on the year, despite the loss.