No. 14 Cal Men's Tennis Team Hosts No. 9 Baylor, BYU
Feb. 22, 2006
The No. 14 California Golden Bears men's tennis team will host No. 9 Baylor on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. (PST) and host BYU on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. (PST). Last weekend, the Bears traveled across the Bay to face rival Stanford. Cal fell short loosing the contest 6-1. Freshman Eoin Heavey had Cal's lone singles victory.
SCOUTING NO. 9 BAYLOR:
Entering Sunday's match against the Golden Bears, No. 9 Baylor boasts a 4-3 record. Baylor lost to No. 8 Duke, but swept through the consolation bracket of the National Indoor Invitational in Seattle this past weekend, defeating Penn and Florida State. Baylor is led by fourth-ranked sophomore Lars Poerschke, who quickly defeated Florida States' Chris Westerhof, 6-1, 6-1. Baylor will host Kentucky before traveling to the Bay Area.
BYU travels to face Cal with a 3-5 record. The Cougars are coming off a 6-1 loss to Boise State at home. BYU's lone victory against Boise State was from senior Jose Lechuga, 6-3, 6-1. The Cougars will face Pacific on Feb. 24, Stanford on Feb. 25 and San Francisco on Feb. 27 all before they face the Golden Bears in Berkeley.
The Bears moved up the rankings from No. 16 to No. 14 in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released Wednesday, Feb. 22, by the ITA. Senior Conor Niland is the only Golden Bears ranked in the individual poll. Niland is No. 47. The individual poll will be released again on March 7.
No. 47 Senior Conor Niland boasts a 5-0 record in singles matches. He did not compete against Stanford. However he did secure his fifth victory over Fresno State's Jakub Cech. In all five wins Niland has defeated his opponent in two sets. A week before Niland upset UCLA's third-ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel, 6-3, 6-2. This is Niland's best season-opening record while at Cal. He also received the Pac-10 Player of the Week honors (Feb. 6-12).
THE RIGHT MIX:
In all the mixing of the doubles pair, head coach Peter Wright has found the right combination. Seniors Lennart Maack and Dean Wallace have been paired and played both in the second and third positions. The duo boasts wins over Fresno State's Sam Tadevosian and Jordi Ballester, 8-0, along with their most recent victory in the No. 2 position, defeating Stanford's Blake Muller and Jon Wong, 8-4. Prior to their pairing, Maack was teamed with junior Daniel Sebescen and Wallace with junior Tyler Browne.
HAND IT TO HEAVEY:
Freshman Eoin Heavey secured Cal's lone singles victory on Saturday against the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal. Heavey defeated Blake Muller in three sets, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. This was the Dublin, Ireland, native's second victory this season in the fifth position.
LAST WEEKEND AGAINST STANFORD:
The California men's tennis team fell to the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal 6-1, in Stanford, Calif. The Golden Bears lost all but one doubles and one singles match. In singles, freshman Eoin Heavey had Cal's lone singles victory. Playing in the fifth position, Heavey defeated Blake Muller in three sets, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. The Bears were without the service of Pac-10 Player of the Week senior Conor Niland. Senior Lennart Maack stepped in for Niland, but was defeated in the first position by No. 21 K.C. Corkery, 6-1, 6-0. No. 55 Junior Tyler Browne played the second position, but fell short in two sets, losing to Stanford's James Pade, 6-4, 6-3. In the third position, No. 79 junior Daniel Sebescen dropped the match to fourth-ranked James Wan in two sets, 6-0, 6-2. Sophomore Ken Nakahara and junior John Pettit each fell in their matches. Nakahara lost in the fourth position to James Wan, 6-2, 6-1, while Pettit was defeated by Phil Kao in the sixth position, 6-2, 6-4. The Bears again mixed up some of their doubles pairs at Stanford. In the second position, Maack and senior Dean Wallace continued their success as a duo, defeating the Cardinal's pair of Muller and Wong, 8-4. Playing in the No. 1 position, Heavey and Sebescen fell to the fifth-ranked duo of Corkery and Pade, 8-6. Cal did drop the No. 3 position match, 8-6. The match pit, Browne and Pettit against Bruch and Wan.
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. In 1997 and 2001 he was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 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, 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 Patrick Briaud, who enters his first season.
The Bears will travel to the Pacific Coast Doubles tournament in La Jolla, Calif., on March 3-5, before returning to their Pac-10 slate.
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