No. 27 California to Host University of San Diego
Feb. 1, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 27 Golden Bears (1-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) stay at home, hosting the University of San Diego (0-0 overall, 0-0 WCC) at Berkeley's Hellman Tennis Center, Saturday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: Cal went 1-1 in their opening week of the 2005 spring season, beating Santa Clara and falling to No. 7 Stanford. The Bears turned in a truly dominant performance against the Broncos, winning 7-0. After picking up the doubles point, Cal went on to win all six singles matches without dropping a set. Cal wasn't as lucky against No. 7 Stanford, losing 5-2 to open Pac-10 play. Cal senior Patrick Briaud picked up a win for the Bears on court three, winning an impressive match against the Cardinal's James Wan, 7-6; 6-4. Freshman Ken Nakahara continued what has been an impressive debut year for the Bears, winning his tenth singles match of the year. Nakahara defeated Phil Kao, 6-4; 7-5, on court five.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The University of San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the nation, is led by a pair of juniors in Pierrick Ysern and Nicolas Beuque. Ysern, ranked No. 5 in the nation in singles, is also ranked No. 51 in doubles along with Beuque. Last year, the Toreros finished 13-8 overall, finishing second in the WCC. Cal, who defeated San Diego in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, 4-3, holds the advantage in the all-time series record, 25-5. San Diego is coached by Tom Hagedorn (99-77, 8th year).
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 Conor Niland - No. 21 (national) No. 8 (west region) Lennart Maack - No. 27 (national) Daniel Sebescen - No. 27 (west region) Doubles Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland - No. 30 (national) No. 8 (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 149-110 (.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.