No. 28 California Hosts No. 11 Texas A&M, Travels to Pacific Coast Doubles
March 2, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 28 Golden Bears (4-4 overall) host Texas A&M (4-1 overall), Wednesday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Center. Cal will travel to La Jolla, Calif., for the Pacific Coast Doubles, March 3-6.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: No. 11 Texas A&M (4-1 overall) fell last week to No. 10 LSU, 4-1, but recovered to beat Minnesota, 5-2, the following day. Texas A&M is paced by freshman Jerry Makowski, who is ranked No. 34 nationally, and two-time All-American Ante Matijevic. The Aggies are coached by Tim Cass (8th year, 266-141). The two teams faced each other twice last season, with Cal winning the most recent match, a 4-3 upset of then-No. 13 Texas A&M. The all-time series stands tied at 2-2...The Pacific Coast Doubles Championships will pit Cal against teams from No. 4 UCLA, No. 13 Stanford, No. 17 USC, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 29 Arizona, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 34 Rice, SDSU, Michigan and USD.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: Last week, Cal dropped two matches but improved two positions in the men's rankings. No. 30 California fell to No. 11 USC, 5-2, in Los Angeles, on Feb. 25. USC opened the match by capturing the doubles point, winning two of three matches. Cal's Tyler Browne and Daniel Sebescen came away with the Bears' lone doubles victory, defeating Drew Hoskins and Kaes Van't Hof, 8-5, on court two. Cal picked up two victories in singles play. Sophomore Browne, playing on court four, picked up his fifth dual match win of the season, defeating Brian Wright, 4-6; 6-4 (10-5). Freshman Ken Nakahara improved to 6-0 on court five, picking up his 14th win of the season in defeating Van't Hof in three sets, 6-3; 3-6; 6-3.The following day, the Bears were defeated by No. 4 UCLA, 7-0. While Cal lost the doubles point, the No. 11 duo of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland notched a win on court one, where they defeated No. 44 Kohlloeffel and Pampoulov, 8-3. The Bears faced a daunting task in singles, where five of the Bruins' six singles players were nationally ranked. Senior captain Briaud was edged in a close match on court three, losing to No. 42 Kris Kwinta, 5-7; 6-3; (10-5). Nakahara battled hard on court six, but was handed his first dual loss this season by No. 65 Philipp Gruendler in three sets, 3-6; 6-3; 6-0.
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 March 8, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings Feb. 22, 2005):Singles DoublesConor Niland - No. 16 (national) Briaud and Niland - No. 11 (national) No. 8 (west region) No. 8 (west region)Lennart Maack - No. 46 (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 as well as serving as the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee.
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