No. 28 California Opens 2005 Season Against Santa Clara & No. 7 Stanford

Jan. 25, 2005

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WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 28 Golden Bears open their 2005 schedule, hosting Santa Clara on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 1:00 p.m., after their scheduled Tuesday meeting was postponed due to rain. Cal will then face No. 7 Stanford, this Saturday, Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m. Both matches will be held at Berkeley's Hellman Tennis Center.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Santa Clara enters today's match coming off a sweep of its opening-day doubleheader, with 6-1 victories over UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz. The Broncos are led by a quartet of seniors in Taylor Bedilion, Francisco Zepponi, Ben Hidalgo and Eric Kochanski. Zepponi and Bedilion enter the season in fourth and seventh place on Santa Clara's all-time win list, respectively. Santa Clara is coached by George Husack (San Diego State, '91, 3rd year)...No. 7 Stanford is coming off of a 19-8 (5-2, 3rd Pac-10) 2004 season which saw the Cardinal reach the NCAA quarterfinals. Stanford returns 2004 NCAA Doubles Champions Sam Warburg (No. 4 singles) and K.C. Corkery (No. 15 singles). The pair are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in doubles. Stanford is coached by John Whitlinger (Stanford, '75, 1st year).

PUERTO RICAN INVITATIONAL: Cal traveled to Puerto Rico Jan. 13-15 for the Puerto Rican Tennis Invitational, where the Bears faced No. 5 Illinois, No. 17 TCU and No. 35 Georgia Tech. The Bears picked up a total of 18 wins, 13 in singles and 5 in doubles. The No. 30 doubles team of senior Patrick Briaud and junior Conor Niland scored a big upset on the fourth and final day of the invitational, beating TCU's No. 8 duo of Fabrizio Sestini and Rafael Abreu, 8-6.

FALL 2004: The Bears participated in four tournaments this fall, racking up several impressive wins. The doubles team of Briaud and Niland advanced to the finals of the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships before falling to Stanford's No. 1 ...junior transfer Lennart Maack reached the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championships, upsetting Stanford's then-No. 3 Corkery in the quarterfinals...Briaud and Niland recorded another upset at the All-American Championships, defeating No. 19 Rylan Rizza and Nick Meythaler of Virginia, 8-3.

Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released Feb. 5, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings (Jan. 11, 2005):

Singles			             DoublesConor Niland - No. 21 (national)     Briaud and Niland - No. 30 (national)	       No. 8 (west region)                       No. 8 (regional)Lennart Maack - No. 27 (national)Daniel Sebescen - No. 27 (west region)

Head Coach Peter Wright: Considered one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Peter Wright has developed a reputation for getting more out of his players than perhaps any coach in the country. Wright's coaching talent hasn't gone unnoticed. Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2001 and 1997, he received his first coaching award in 1994 when he was named Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year. Wright and the Bears have been a fixture in the NCAA Tournament almost every year since. The ninth coach in the 110-year history of Cal tennis, Wright has compiled a 148-109 (.576) career record during his tenure in Berkeley. Wright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as well as the Youth Tennis Advantange and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Foundation of the Bay Area. He established the Bear Trax program at Cal, which brings inner city children from Oakland to Berkeley for academic tutoring with Cal students and tennis tutoring with the Cal men's and women's teams. Wright is also currently the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee.

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