No. 14 California Men's Tennis Falls to No. 9 Baylor

Feb. 27, 2006

BERKELEY - Rain at the Hellman Tennis Center on Sunday morning prevented the California men's tennis team from taking the court against No. 9 Baylor. The match was moved to indoor courts in San Francisco later Sunday evening. However, the Golden Bears could not hang on, dropping the match 4-3 to Baylor.

Singles were played first, with Cal securing three matches. No. 47 senior Conor Niland expanded his dual match winning streak to six beating his second top-10 ranked opponent of the season. Niland defeated fourth-ranked Lars Poerschke, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the first position.

In the second position junior Tyler Browne easily slipped past Matija Zgaga in the last two sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to secure the win. Junior Daniel Sebescen won his first set in the third position, but could grab one more set as he fell 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Will Ward. Baylor's Michal Kokta slipped past sophomore Ken Nakahara, 7-5, 6-0. Freshman Eoin Heavey won the Bears third point of the day, as he defeated Jon Reckewey in two sets 6-3, 6-4. In the sixth position Baylor's Matt Brown won in two sets over junior John Pettit, 6-3, 6-4.

Tied up going into doubles, the Bears could not hang on as they dropped two doubles matches. In the second position, Poerschke and Kokta defeated Heavey and Sebescen, 8-2. Senior Dean Wallace and Pettit fell to Ward and Brown, 8-0. The lone doubles match victory on Sunday came in the first position, as Niland and Browne defeated Zgaga and Portnov, 8-4.

The Bears will next host BYU on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Complete Results

California vs. Baylor
7:15 p.m. - Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006
San Francisco Indoor Tennis Center

SCORE: California 3 Baylor 4

No. 1 (CAL) Conor Niland/Tyler Browne d. (BAYLOR) Matija Zgaga/Vladimir Portnov, 8-4
No. 2 (BAYLOR) Lars Poerschke/Michal Kokta d. (CAL) Eoin Heavey/Daniel Sebescen, 8-2
No. 3 (BAYLOR) Will Ward/Matt Brown d. (CAL) Dean Wallace/John Pettit, 8-0

No. 1 (CAL) Conor Niland (47) d. (BAYLOR) Lars Poerschke (4), 5-7; 6-3; 6-3
No. 2 (CAL) Tyler Browne d. (BAYLOR) Matija Zgaga, 4-6; 6-3; 6-0
No. 3 (BAYLOR) Will Ward d. (CAL) Daniel Sebescen, 3-6; 6-1; 6-2
No. 4 (BAYLOR) Michal Kokta d. (CAL) Ken Nakahara, 7-5; 6-0
No. 5 (CAL) Eoin Heavey d. (BAYLOR) Jon Reckewey, 6-3; 6-4
No. 6 (BAYLOR) Matt Brown d. (CAL) John Pettit, 6-3; 6-4

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