Cal Set for Final Fall Tournament
Nov. 1, 2006
ONTO OHIO: The California men's tennis team heads to Columbus, Ohio, for the final fall tournament, the ITA National Individual Indoor Championships, which will be held at the Racquet Club of Columbus from Nov. 2-5. The event is hosted by Ohio State, and is the second of three national tournaments for singles and doubles during the 2006-07 collegiate tennis season. The Golden Bears will be represented by the doubles team of senior Daniel Sebescen and junior Pierre Mouillon. The duo took the doubles title at the ITA Northwest Regional and look to continue their winning ways this week.
FIRST ROUND INDOOR DOUBLES DRAW WITH SEEDINGS:
Sebescen/Mouillon vs. No. 1 John Isner/Luis Flores, Georgia
REVIEWING THE ITA NORTHWEST REGIONAL: The Bears made a strong showing at the ITA Northwest Regional, across the bay at Stanford. Mouillon led the Bears with a double championship along with partner Sebescen. Mouillon also advanced the furthest out of all Cal players in singles, reaching the semifinals. In his first round match, Mouillon was in a battle with Holden Ching of Washington, but he pulled out the win, 7-5, 7-6 (5). Mouillon didn't have as much trouble getting through the next three rounds. However in the semifinals, he was in another close match with Jakub Cech of Fresno State. This time Mouillon couldn't hold on for the victory, as Cech advanced with a 7-5, 7-6 (4) win.
PIERRE'S NEAR PERFECT FALL: Through the first four 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 made it the furthest for the Bears in the ITA Northwest Regional, reaching the semifinals. He was also the only Bear to advance past the first round of the All-American Championships qualifying bracket. Previous to the four wins he picked up in the regional and the six in the championships, Mouillon also won two of his three matches in the Napa Valley Tennis Classic last month. Mouillon has only been defeated four times this fall; one defeat was to the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the All-American Championships.
A CLOSER LOOK AT MOUILLON AND SEBESCEN'S DOUBLES TITLE: After a slow start to the fall season, Sebescen and Mouillon racked up five wins at the ITA Northwest Regional to win the doubles tournament. Their title run culminated with an 8-3 victory over host Stanford's Blake Muller and Paul Morrissey. The closest match of the weekend for the Bears was their first round contest with Gabriel Loredo and Hague Van Dillen of Sacramento State. The Hornets fell to the Cal duo, 8-6. Following the opening-round victory, Sebescen and Mouillon then defeated Kevin McQuaid and Blane Shield of Santa Clara, 8-3, in the round of 16. They followed that win with a pair of 8-5 victories over Michael Ricks and Patrick Fischer of Washington and Cal Poly's Matt Raca and Kyle Roybal to send them into the finals.
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.