Wilson/ITA Regionals Next For Men's Tennis
Oct. 18, 2006
CLOSE TO HOME: The California men's tennis team will not have to go far for its fourth tournament of the fall campaign. The Golden Bears head to Stanford for the Wilson/ITA Regionals from Oct. 20-24 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The event will feature the nation's top players and doubles teams. This week's tournament is a prelude to the final fall tournament for Cal, the National Indoor Championships, which take place next month.
A YEAR AGO: In the Regionals last year, Cal had three players in the quarterfinals of the singles tournament and a duo in the semifinals of the doubles tournament. Seniors Tyler Browne and Daniel Sebescen were two of three Bears to reach the singles' quarterfinals, along with Lennart Maack. The team of Sebescen and Maack made it to the semifinals in the doubles bracket. Cal actually advanced three tandems into the quarterfinals, with Maack and Sebescen having to square off against teammates, sophomore Eoin Heavey and Tore Deluran. Browne and junior Ken Nakahara formed the other team to make it to the quarterfinals.
REVIEWING THE ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Although most of the Bears made an early exit from the championships, junior Pierre Mouillon had an impressive run, picking up six wins over the course of the event. The transfer from Mississippi State won his first three matches in the qualifying rounds to advance to the main draw. Although he lost his first match in the main draw to the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Georgia's John Isner, Mouillon continued his winning ways by racking up three more victories in the consolation bracket, before he was finally ousted in the fourth consolation round.
PIERRE'S NEAR PERFECT FALL: Through the first three tournaments of the fall campaign, the highlight for Cal has been the performance of Mouillon. He has the most singles wins on the team in the fall thus far and was the only Bear to advance past the first round of the All-American Championships qualifying bracket. Previous to the six wins he picked up in the championships, Mouillon also won two of his three matches in the Napa Valley Tennis Classic last month. Mouillon has only been defeated three times this fall and one defeat was to the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the All-American Championships.
A LOOK BACK AT THE BRONCO CLASSIC: The Bears made a strong showing in doubles action at the Bronco Classic, which was held from Oct. 6-8. Cal took home the title in one of the doubles tournaments, while a second Bear squad advanced to the finals in the other doubles tournament. The tandem of sophomores Nicolai Horgen and Carsten Thorstensen won their doubles tournament, defeating a pair from UCSD in the semifinals and the finals. In the other doubles bracket, senior John Pettit and sophomore Geoff Chizever made it to the finals before losing to Eric Roberson and Piotr Dilaj of Boise State, 9-8 (2). In the semifinals, they knocked off Stanford's Paul Morrissey and Eric McKean, 8-4. In the singles tournament, freshman KJ Stewart advanced the furthest out of all Cal players, making it to the quarterfinals.
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 111-year history of Cal tennis, Wright has compiled a 176-126 (.583) 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. This year, Wright and Cal will hold the inaugural Peter Wright tour, four tournaments during the fall at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Wright is also currently the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee. He is assisted by Morten Christensen, who enters his first season.