California Excels at Icy Hot/ITA All American Tournament
Oct. 11, 2004
Chattanooga, TN - The California men's tennis team had a successful run at the 2004 Icy Hot/ITA All American Tournament. Junior Conor Niland advanced to the third round of the main singles draw, while the doubles duo of Niland and senior Patrick Briaud reached the quarterfinals of the main doubles draw.
Niland, currently ranked No. 17 in the nation and a nine seed in the tourney, defeated Clemson's Nathan Thompson in the round of 64, 6-3, 6-3. In the round of 32, Niland knocked off TCU's Frabzizio Sestini, 6-0, 7-6 (4). Eventual tournament champion and No. 1 seed Catalin Gard of Mississippi proved too great an obstacle to overcome, beating Niland 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles action, Niland and Briaud, the No. 18 doubles tandem in the nation, upset tournament five seed Nick Meythaler and Rylan Rizza of Virginia, 8-3. Ball State's Matt Baccarani and Patrick Thompson fell to Niland and Briaud in the round of 32, 8-3. New Mexico's David Kowalski and Ryan Stotland, tournament runner-ups, got the better of the Cal tandem in a close match, defeating Niland and Briaud 8-6.
The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championship is not only the largest single tournament of this season in collegiate tennis, with over 300 competitors, but also the first of three national championship events at the Division I level during the 2004-05 collegiate tennis season.
California hosts the Wilson/ITA Regionals in Berkeley at Hellman Tennis Center, Friday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 24.