No. 31 California Hosts No. 22 TCU & No. 19 Pepperdine
March 8, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 31 Golden Bears return home, hosting No. 22 TCU Friday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 19 Pepperdine Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Hellman Tennis Center.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: No. 22 TCU (5-2 overall) is recently coming off their fourth straight Conference USA Shootout title, with wins over Memphis and Louisville. Senior Fabrizio Sestini is the lone Horned Frog among the current singles rankings, coming in at a career-high No. 21. He is also listed in the doubles ratings at No. 13 with Rafael Abreu. TCU is coached by Joey Rivé (5th year, 74-33). Cal is 2-1 all-time against the Horned Frogs, having won their most recent match, 5-2, in 2003...No. 14 Pepperdine (7-2) has compiled an impressive dual-match record in 2005, with one of their two loses coming at the hands of No. 1 Baylor. Junior No. 81 Scott Doerner, sporting an 8-1 dual record, was named WCC Player of the Month for February. The Waves are coached by Adam Steinberg (3rd year). Cal is 20-26 all-time against Pepperdine, dropping their most recent match in 2004, 4-3.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: Last week, the Bears dropped their one dual match of the week, falling to No. 11 Texas A&M, 5-2. Cal picked up a pair of win in singles, where sophomore Daniel Sebescen notched a victory, defeating Mohamed Dakki on court four in straight sets, 6-3; 6-3. The win was Sebescen's eighth on the year, and third in the dual season. Sophomore Tyler Browne scored the Bears other victory, defeating Matt Bain on court six, 7-5; 6-1. Cal then traveled to La Jolla, Calif., to participate in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, March 3-6. The No. 3 seeded team of Conor Niland and Patrick Briaud advanced to the semifinals of the open tournament, while Cal's duo of Ken Nakahara and John Pettit captured the consolation title.
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 22, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings March 8, 2005):Singles DoublesConor Niland - No. 27 (national) Briaud & Niland - No. 23 (national) No. 8 (west region) No. 8 (west region)Lennart Maack - No. 76 (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.