2006 Fall Season Opens at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic

Aug. 22, 2006

BERKELEY - The Napa Valley will once again be the setting of the season opener for the California Golden Bears men's tennis team. Cal is set to kickoff the fall 2006 campaign at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic, held at the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Calif., from Sept. 8-10.

The Bears won't be the only team returning from a year ago, as Illinois and North Carolina will also be returning for the second straight year. Ole Miss will be the fourth team to participate.

'The Napa Valley Tennis Classic is one of the top tier events on the collegiate calendar,' head coach Peter Wright said. 'Meadowood provides the perfect backdrop for this three-day event, featuring top teams from around the country.'

Cal will be armed with veteran leadership in Napa, with seniors Tyler Browne, Daniel Sebescen, and John Pettit leading the way. Junior transfers Pierre Mouillon from Mississippi State and Carsten Thorstensen from UC Santa Barbara should feature prominently, as should junior Ken Nakahara, sophomore Eoin Heavey and freshman KJ Stewart.

'This is the first event for all of the teams in the tournament, so it is a chance to get an early look at some of the finest singles and doubles players in the country.' Wright said.

Former Cal tennis player Doug King (1973-76) founded the Classic and is now the tennis director at meadowood.

The tournament, which features free admission, will start at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8 and will continue until 5 p.m. Saturday's format will be the same. On Sunday, the action begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon.

For more information and reservations, please call (707) 963-3646 or visit www.meadowood.com.

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