No. 27 California to Host No. 33 Arizona State, No. 32 Arizona
Feb. 8, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 27 Golden Bears (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10 host No. 33 Arizona State (2-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), Friday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 32 Arizona (5-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10), Saturday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. at Cal's Hellman Tennis Center.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: No. 27 Cal defeated No. 44 University of San Diego, 4-2, at the Hellman Tennis Center. Cal picked up the doubles point, notching victories in two of three matches. In singles action, No. 21 Conor Niland pulled off an upset over No. 5 in the nation Pierrick Ysern, 6-1; 6-7; 6-3, on court one. Sophomore Tyler Browne won on court four in three sets, beating Mirza Koristovic, 2-6; 6-2; 6-0. Cal secured the win on court three, where senior captain Patrick Briaud played an incredible match, outlasting Robbie Blair, 2-6; 6-3; 7-6.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: No. 32 Arizona State is coming off of a pair of opening-weekend wins, having defeated New Mexico State, 7-0, on Feb. 5 and UC Santa Barbara, 6-1, on Feb. 6. The Sun Devils are entering 2005 after posting a 10-13 overall record in 2004, which saw them advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing the year with a national ranking of No. 31. Cal leads the all-time series record, 41-12. Arizona State is coached by Lou Belken (268-269, 22nd year)...No. 33 Arizona is off to a strong start in 2005, with dual match wins over Hawaii, Northern Arizona, No. 46 Tulsa, No. 71 UCSB and New Mexico State. The Wildcats are led by senior Roger Matalonga, ranked No. 58 in the nation in singles and No. 18 in doubles with junior partner Colin O'Grady. The Bears are 37-14 all-time against the Wildcats. Former Cal head coach Bill Wright (159-223, 18th year) is at the helm for Arizona.
FALL 2004: The Bears participated in four tournaments this fall, racking up several impressive wins. The doubles team of Briaud and Niland (No. 30 in the nation) advanced to the finals of the Wilson/ITA West Regional Championships before falling to Stanford's No. 1 duo...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. 22, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings Jan. 11, 2005):Singles DoublesConor Niland - No. 21 (national) Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland - No. 8 (west region) No. 30 (national) No. 8 (west region) No. 8 (west region)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 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.
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