No. 24 Cal Downs San Diego State, 4-1, in NCAA 1st Round

May 14, 2005

Los Angeles, CA - The 24th-ranked Cal men's tennis team edged San Diego State, 4-1, in first round action of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Golden Bears (12-9) advance to Sunday's second round and will face the winner of UCLA and Manhattan to be played later Saturday. San Diego State ends its season 17-6 overall with the loss.

Cal jumped out to an early lead after winning doubles matches at court Nos. 2 and 3 to claim the doubles point. Daniel Sebescen teamed up with fellow sophomore Tyler Browne on court two to defeat the Aztecs' Daniel Jung and Dontia Haynes, 8-4.

The Bears tallied their second doubles win on court three, where Lennart Maack and Dean Wallace were victorious over Markus Dickhardt and Eugenio Romero, 8-2.

Once singles play began, Cal's Conor Niland, ranked No. 13 in the country, gave the Bears a 2-0 lead when he dispatched of 77th-ranked Benedikt Stronk, 6-2, 6-2. San Diego State then got on the board when Daniel Jung posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Cal's Ken Nakahara at court No. 6.

Next off was court No. 2, where Cal's Maack, ranked 82nd, was a 6-4, 6-1 winner over 94th-ranked Markus Dickhardt, giving the Golden Bears a 3-1 advantage.

The match was clinched at court No. 4, where sophomore Sebescen defeated SDSU's Christian Groh, 6-3, 6-4.

Sunday's regional final is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the 16-team finals, May 21-24 in College Station, TX.

Complete ResultsCal 4, SDSU 1

Doubles1. (15) Briaud/Niland (Cal) vs. Carrascosa/Stronk (SDSU), DNF2. Browne/Sebescen (Cal) def. Jung/Haynes (SDSU), 8-43. Maack/Dean Wallace (Cal) def. Dickhardt/Eugenio Romero (SDSU), 8-2

Singles1. (13) Conor Niland (Cal) def. (77) Benedikt Stronk (SDSU), 6-2; 6-22. (82) Lennart Maack (Cal) def. (94) Markus Dickhardt (SDSU), 6-4; 6-13. Patrick Briaud (Cal) vs. Armando Carrascosa (SDSU), DNF4. Daniel Sebescen (Cal) def. Christian Groh (SDSU), 6-3; 6-45. Tyler Browne (Cal) vs. Dontia Haynes (SDSU), DNF6. Daniel Jung (SDSU) def. Ken Nakahara (Cal), 6-2; 6-2

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