Cal Men's Tennis Makes Eighth Straight NCAA Tournament
April 29, 2008
The No. 31 California men's tennis team (12-10, 4-3 Pac-10) will make its eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament when it takes on No. 36 Boise State (21-11, 2-2 WAC) in the first round at the David X. Marks Tennis Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. hosted by the University of Southern California The Golden Bears will take on the Broncos in a 9 a.m. match on Saturday, May 10, followed by Southern (10-11, 8-0 SWAC) and USC (19-4, 6-1 Pac-10) in a noon match. The two winners will advance to the play each other in the second round match at noon on Sunday, May 11. Start times are subject to change.
The winner of the second round match will advance to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Should Cal advance, they will play in the NCAA round of 16 on Friday, May 16 with successive matches continuing through May 20. Immediately following the conclusion of the team championship, Tulsa will host the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships from May 21-26. Brackets for the individual championships will be released April 30 at NCAASports.com by 3 p.m. PT.
Cal is making its eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the 14th in head coach Peter Wright's 15 years at the helm. The Bears are the owners of 1925 Team NCAA title and have advanced to the NCAA Championship final on four other occasions. Under the direction of coach Wright, Cal has advanced as far as the championship quarterfinal in 2003, finishing the year with the No. 4 ranking. In 2007, the Bears were ousted in the first round after a hard-fought match against Oklahoma.
This season, the Bears have endured one of the most difficult schedules in the nation, facing 10 top-25 teams and emerging from one of the toughest conferences for collegiate men's tennis holding the third place spot. Cal has demonstrated its ability to win close matches, coming away with wins on four occasions in which the match was decided on the final set of the final singles match. Freshman Bozhidar Katsarov leads the team in singles wins with 34 against only 10 losses this year, winning the Pac-10 Singles Invitational title last weekend at the Pac-10 Championships. Katsarov teamed up with fellow freshman phenom Jonathan Dahan to claim the Pac-10 Doubles Invitational title last weekend as well.
Cal enters the NCAA Team Championships ranked No. 31 with one singles player ranked nationally in the latest ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Poll, sophomore Kallim Stewart at No. 110.