No. 32 California Hosts UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 15, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 32 Golden Bears (3-2 overall) host UC Santa Barbara (1-6 overall), Sunday, Feb. 20 at 12:00 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Center.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: UC Santa Barbara (1-6 overall), returns four starts from last year's squad, and are the favorites to win the Big West Conference title. The Gauchos will be relying on 2004 All-Big West selection Nick Brotman. Santa Barbara is coached by former Cal coach and alumnus, Marty Davis (6th year).
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Golden Bears defeated No. 33 Arizona, 4-2, on Feb. 12. Cal junior and No. 21 in the nation Conor Niland picked up his tenth win of the season when he defeated No. 58 Roger Matalonga, 6-0; 6-4, on court one. The Bears Tyler Browne recorded his fourth dual match win of the season on court four, defeating Daniel Andrus, 6-4; 6-2. Freshman Ken Nakahara remains a perfect 4-0 on court five, where he beat Bruno Alcala in straight sets, 6-2; 6-4. Cal clinched the victory on court three, where senior captain Patrick Briaud recovered from dropping the first set to outlast Paul Warkentin, 4-6; 6-3; 7-6...The following day, the Bears fell to No. 34 Arizona State, 4-3. Cal picked up the doubles point, sweeping all three matches. The No. 30 duo of Briaud and Niland defeated Andy Colombo and Jonathan Kinsella, 8-3, on court one. On court two, sophomore Daniel Sebescen and Browne beat Clinton Letcher and Mike Beatty, 8-5. John Pettit and Nakahara completed the sweep on court three, defeating Ryan McBride and Christopher Biro, 8-4. In singles play, the Bears scored wins on courts one and two. Niland defeated the Sun Devil's Colombo in straight sets, 6-1; 6-1. Sebescen came back from dropping the first set to Biro on court two, winning 3-6; 6-3; 6-4.
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):SinglesConor Niland - No. 21 (national) No. 8 (west region)Lennart Maack - No. 27 (national)Daniel Sebescen - No. 27 (west region)DoublesPatrick Briaud & Conor Niland - No 30 (national) No. 8 (regional)
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.