No. 24 California Finishes Regular Season Against Stanford
April 14, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 24 Golden Bears (10-9 overall, 4-2 Pac-10) travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the finish of the regular season, taking on No. 16 Stanford at the Taube Tennis Center Saturday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The Stanford men's tennis team (12-9 overall, 4-2 Pac-10) is led by senior No. 2 Sam Warburg (14-1 against Pac-10 opponents) and junior No. 18 KC Corkery (17-3 in dual matches). Together, the two are ranked the No. 2 doubles team in the nation. The Cardinal, coached by John Whitlinger (19th year, 396-58), have faced Cal once already this season, defeating the Bears, 5-2, on January 29.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The California men's tennis team recorded stunning back-to-back upsets over Top 15 opponents. April 8 saw the Bears avenge an early-season loss to UCLA, defeating the No. 6 Bruins in Berkeley, 4-3. While the Bears weren't able to secure the doubles point, they did pick up a win on court one, where the No. 21 doubles team of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland defeated Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta, 8-2. The Bears rallied in singles play, notching four wins to take the match. No. 16 Niland turned in a dominant performance on court one, upsetting No. 7 Luben Pampoulov, 6-3; 6-3. Senior captain Briaud picked up his 16th singles victory of the year, defeating Kris Kwinta in straight sets, 6-4; 6-4. Sophomore Daniel Sebescen recovered from dropping the first set to Chris Lam, winning his ninth dual match this season, 3-6; 6-0; 6-2 Freshman Ken Nakahara was victorious in straight sets on court six, where he defeated Philip Gruendler, 6-1; 6-4 ... Cal tallied their second upset in as many days when they defeated No. 13 USC, 5-2, on April 9. Cal opened play on their final home match of the season taking the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Sophomores Tyler Browne and Sebescen defeated Kaes Van't Hof and Jarryd Cooper, 8-3, on court three. The Bears clinched the point on court one, where Briaud and Niland beat Johan Berg and Jamil Al Agba, 8-6. Cal went on to win four of six matches in singles play. Nakahara made quick work of the Trojans' Whit Livingston, winning in straights sets on court six, 6-2; 6-4. Browne notched the Bears' second win in singles play on court five, where he was victorious over Adam Loucks, 7-6; 6-2. Junior Lennart Maack clinched the win for the Bears on court two, where he upset No. 62 Drew Hoskins, 6-2; 6-5. Niland defeated his second-consecutive Top 10 opponent, beating No. 10 Al-Agba in straight sets on court one, 6-2; 7-5.
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 20 wins on the year, including a 12-6 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.