No. 35 California Hosts No. 6 UCLA, No. 13 USC
April 7, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 35 Golden Bears (8-9 overall, 2-2 Pac-10) return home from a six-match road trip to host a pair of Pac-10 opponents. California will square off with No. 6 UCLA Friday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m., before taking on No. 13 USC Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Hellman Tennis Center.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: No. 6 UCLA (19-2 overall, 4-0 Pac-10) is the lone remaining undefeated team in the Pac-10. The Bruins, currently riding a seven-match win streak, are led by No. 7 Luben Pampoulov and No. 8 Benjamin Kohlloeffel. Pampoulov leads the team with 35-5 overall singles record, while Kohlloeffel is second with a 25-4 mark. UCLA is coached by Billy Martin (12th year, 253-50) ... No. 13 USC (11-9 overall, 3-1 Pac-10) had their five-match win streak April 2, with a 4-3 loss to then-No. 13 Washington. The Trojans' Jamil Al-Agba cracked the Top 10 in singles rankings this week, coming in at No. 10. USC is coached by Peter Smith (3rd season, 307-151 career).
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Bears were upset by No. 47 Arizona, 5-2, April 1 in Tucson, Ariz. Cal dropped the doubles point to open the match, but picked up a win on court two. Juniors Lennart Maack and Dean Wallace defeated Daniel Andrus and Paul Warkentin, 9-8 (7-4). In singles play, the Bears picked up two wins. No. 19 Conor Niland defeated Colin O'Grady on court one, 7-6; 6-3. Senior captain Patrick Briaud notched the Bears other win on court three, where he outlasted Warkentin, 3-6; 7-6 (8-6); 11-9 ... Cal recovered to defeat No. 38 Arizona State, 6-1, at the Sun Devils' Whiteman Tennis Center. Cal opened play by winning two of three doubles matches and taking the point. Freshman Ken Nakahara and sophomore John Pettit took the win on Court No. 3 against ASU's team of Ryan McBride and Nick Hegarty, 8-5. The Golden Bears secured the doubles point on Court No. 1 when the Sun Devils' duo of Andy Colombo and Mike Beatty were unable to top the Golden Bears tandem of Niland and Briaud, falling 8-3. Cal went on to take five of six singles matches. No. 19 Niland topped Letcher in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. The Bears' Daniel Sebescen followed suit for Cal, defeating McBride at No. 4 singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Securing the victory for the Bears was Tyler Browne as he topped Beatty, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 6 singles spot. Maack notched a victory for the Bears on court two, where he defeated Jonathan Kinsella in three sets,6-4; 3-6; 6-1. Briaud closed out singles play with a victory over Christopher Biro, 6-7 (7); 7-6 (5); 1-0 (7).
FRESHMAN SENSATION: Freshman Ken Nakahara is in the midst of quite an impressive debut season for the Bears. The first-year player from Miyazaki, Japan, leads Cal with 18 wins on the year, including a 10-6 mark in dual matches while playing predominantly from courts five and six. Nakahara, who advanced to the Round of 16 at the ITA Regional Championships this fall, opened the spring season with a six-match win streak.
Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released April 19, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings March 22, 2005):SinglesConor Niland - No. 16 (national) No. 8 (west region)Lennart Maack - No. 100 (national)Daniel Sebescen - No. 27 (west region)DoublesPatrick Briaud and Conor Niland - No. 21 (national) No. 8 (west region)
Head Coach Peter Wright: Considered one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Peter 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 Advantage and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Foundation of the Bay Area. He established the Bear Trax program at Cal and is also currently the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee.