California Competes in the Bronco Classic

Oct. 11, 2004

Santa Clara, CA - The Cal men's tennis team competed in Santa Clara's Bronco Classic this weekend. The tournament featured 80 participants from 13 West Region teams, including last season's No. 7 Stanford, No. 30 California and No. 45 Boise State.

In singles competition, the Round of 32 in Flight A singles saw Sophomore John Pettit outlast UNLV's Joel Kielbowicz in three sets, 6-4; 1-6; 7-6 (2). Freshman Ken Nakahara came up short against LMU's Mike Wojnarowicz, 6-3, 6-2. In the Round of 16, Pettit couldn't get past the eventual singles champion, University of Pacific's Arnar Sigurdsson, 6-2; 6-1. Sophomore Dean Wallace also fell in the second round, losing in three sets to USF's Pablo Pires de Almeida, 2-6; 6-4; 6-4.

In the singles consolation round robin, Nakahara beat UC Davis' Casey McMakin, 6-1; 6-2. Wallace split two matches, defeating LMU's Beau Berglund, 6-1; 6-4, and falling to Andy Kuharsky of Washington, 6-3; 6-4.

Cal's greatest success came in doubles, where the tandem of Nakahara and Pettit won five of six matches, including the consolation finals. After being ousted from the Flight A doubles Round of 16 by USF's Pires de Almeida and Philip Riise-Hansen, Nakahara and Petit won five-in-a-row in the consolation bracket. They beat SCU's Eric Kochanski and Francisco Zepponi, 8-4, in the first round and LMU's Berglund and Purav Raja, 8-6, in the semifinals. The Cal duo captured the consolation crown after beating UW's Kuharsky and Mike Ricks, 8-6. Nakahara and Pettit also came away with two wins in the doubles consolation round robin, defeating LMU's Berglund and Raja, 8-6, and Boise State's Ikaika Jobe and Eric Roberson, 8-5.

Cal hosts the Wilson/ITA Regionals from Friday, Oct. 22 though Sunday, Oct. 24, at Berkeley's Hellman Tennis Center.

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