Men's Tennis Finishes Action at Wilson/ITA Regional

Oct. 24, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The California men's tennis team competed this weekend at the Wilson/ITA Regional in Santa Clara, Calif. The Golden Bears advanced three singles players to the quarterfinals, and a doubles team to the semifinal.

Individually, the Bears faced opponents in five singles rounds. In the first round, freshman Eoin Heavey continued his unbeaten streak, with a victory over San Francisco's Will O'Shea (6-0; 6-1). Junior John Pettit, also notch a win in the first round, when he defeated Jayce Fritch of UC Davis (6-2; 6-3). Freshman Tore Deleuran defeated Sacramento State's Juraid Hossain (7-6(5); 6-2). Sophomore Ken Nakahara claimed a victory in round one by defeating Pacific's Vladimir Zdravokvic (6-4, 6-3). Senior Dean Wallace defeated Pacific's Robert Price, recording the fifth singles victory for the Bears in the first round.

The second round opened up play for seeded individuals, including senior Lennart Maack (No. 5), junior Daniel Sebescen (No. 8) and junior Tyler Browne (No. 9). Maack easily defeated Stanford's Chris Rasmussen in two sets (6-1; 6-1). Sebescen defeated Oregon's Arron Spencer (6-1). Browne tallied a victory in two sets over Washington's Andy Gerst (6-1; 6-4). Wallace also collected a win by defeating Nevada's Guillaume Tonelli (4-6; 6-3; 7-5). Nakahara recorded a win for the Bears, when he beat Oregon's Marcus Schiller in three sets (6-1; 4-6; 6-3). Heavey was handed his first collegiate loss by St. Mary's Julien Tizot (6-3; 6-4). San Francisco's Matt Berry got the best of Pettit (6-3; 6-7(4); 7-5). Deleuran also fell to Cal Poly's John Nguyen (6-1; 6-4).

The Bears' advanced five individuals into the third round of singles competition. Maack defeated Cal Poly's Brett Van Linge in two sets (6-3; 6-0). Browne also had no problem in the third round, defeating Hawaii's Ryan Sceats in two sets (6-2; 6-0). Sebescen outlasted Stanford's Jon Wong (7-5(6); 6-1). Nakahara continued to roll along, defeating Pacific's Alex Strom (6-1; 6-3). Wallace suffered the Bears' only loss in the third round, at the hand of Washington's Alex Slovic (6-2; 6-1).

In the fourth round, the Bears played four singles matches. After loosing the first set, Maack bounced back to defeated Washington's Andy Kuharsky in the final two sets (3-6; 6-2; 6-2). Browne claimed the first and second sets to defeat Stanford's James Wan (6-1; 3-6; 6-2). Sebescen rallied to outlast Washington's Daniel Chu (3-6; 6-3; 6-4). Nakahara was Cal's lone loss in the fourth round, when he was fell to Fresno State's Jakub Cech in three sets (6-1; 4-6; 6-3).

The quarterfinal on Sunday faced Maack against the No. 1 seed K.C. Corkery of Stanford. Maack fell to Corkey in two sets, 7-5; 6-4. Also in the quarterfinals, Browne fell to Cal Poly's John Nguyen in three sets (6-2; 6-7(2); 6-3), and Stanford's James Pade won the third set to defeat Sebescen (6-2; 1-6; 6-4).

The Bears also competed in doubles action in Santa Clara. In the first round, Pettit and Wallace teamed up to defeat Cal Poly's Baca and Dewitte (8-2). Deleuran and Heavey also paired to collect their sixth doubles victory of the year, by routing San Francisco's Ching and Corazza (8-2). Browne and Nakahara also competed in the first round of doubles action and recorded a win, after Oregon's Bieri and Pino withdrew because of injury.

The second round of doubles, allowed Maack and Sebescen (No. 3 seed) to begin play. The pair defeated Hawaii's Hunter and Sakurai (8-1). Browne and Nakahara defeated Stanford's Kao and McKean (8; 6-2). Deleuran and Heavey continued in the undefeated ranks, by defeating Stanford's Bruch and Muller (8-6). Pettit and Wallace suffered the first doubles loss for the Bears at the tournament, with a loss to Santa Clara's Macek and Rasmussen (8-6).

In the third round of doubles, Maack and Sebescen defeated Santa Clara's McQuaid and Shields (8-3). Deleuran and Heavey also collected a victory by routing St. Mary's Fauvre and Marechal (8-3). Browne and Nakahara also collected a victory when Pacific's Sigurdsson and Zdravkovic withdrew due to an injury.

The quarterfinals found Maack and Sebescen matched up against their teammates, Deleuran and Heavey. Maack and Sebescen handed to freshman duo their first doubles loss of the season (8-5). Browne and Nakahara faced Washington's Jank and Kuharsky, falling 9-7 to the pair.

In the semifinals, Maack and Sebscen fell to Washington's Chu and Slovic (8-6).

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