Men's Tennis Travels to Napa Valley Tennis Classic
Sept. 6, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The California Men's Tennis team opens up the 2005 fall season at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic on Sept. 9-11 in Meadowood, Calif.
SENIORITY RULES: Cal returns five of its six top players from the 2004 season, where they were defeated in the second round of the NCAA tournament by UCLA. Returning are Conor Niland, Lennart Maack, Daniel Sebescen, Tyler Browne and Ken Nakahara. Niland advanced to the NCAA Individual Championship along with former Cal tennis player Partick Briaud.
FABULOUS FRESHMAN: New to the tennis team are freshmen Tore Deleuran-Skjold (Copenhagen, Denmark), George Entis (Monterey, Calif.), Eoin Heavey (Dublin, Ireland), Nicolai Horgen (Oslo, Norway). All four are vying for a starting position in the rotation.
MEADOWOOD RESORT: Located in St. Helena, Calif., this resort is settled in the wine country of Northern California. Meadowood is nestled across a 250 acre valley. The property features croquet lawns, seven tennis courts, nine-hole walking golf course, hiking trails, swimming and a full service health spa.
A LOOK AT THE TOURNAMENT: The tournament is presented by Nike, Residential Pacific Mortage, Livermoore Auto Mall and Powerbar. Participants include Cal, North Carolina, Illinois and Georgia in the three-day tournament.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The three teams competing in the tournament this weekend are California, North Carolina, Illinois and Georgia. The Tar Heels finished the 2004 season with a loss to Boise State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. With new head coach Brad Dancer, Illinois looks to avenge its loss to Florida State in the 2004 NCAA Tournament this season. Georgia returns NCAA Men's Doubles Champions John Isner and Antonio Ruiz. The Bulldogs, which finished No.7 in the ITA final rankings, lost to Ole Miss in the quarterfinals of last years' NCAA Tournament.
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. He is assisted by Jun Hernandez, who enters his sixth season.