Golden Bears Host Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships

Oct. 15, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - The California men's tennis team welcomes the top collegiate men's tennis players in the ITA West-North region as the Golden Bears host the 2008 Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Tennis Courts in Berkeley, Calif. Friday (Oct.17) through Tuesday (Oct. 21). The five-day tournament will name singles and doubles champions but more importantly will determine participants in the upcoming ITA National Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va.

Play begins with first round singles matches on Friday at 8 a.m. Losing players from the first round of singles play will be automatically entered into a consolation draw that plays out on the remaining four days. The first doubles matches will take place on Saturday. Play opens at approximately 8:30 a.m. each day and will conclude with singles finals and doubles semifinal and finals on Tuesday.

In addition to Cal, other schools represented in the regional championships include: Fresno State, Gonzaga, Nevada, Oregon, Pacific, Portland, Sacramento State, St. Mary's, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Davis, and Washington.

The Golden Bears have two players ranked in the ITA preseason singles rankings including senior captain Eoin Heavey, who holds the No. 121 spot. Junior Kallim Stewart is the other at No. 64. Other ranked singles players scheduled to participate in the tournament this weekend include No. 4 Alex Clayton (Stanford); No. 48 Rudolf Siwy (Fresno State); No. 51 Matt Bruch (Stanford); No. 56 Patrik Fischer (Washington); No. 66 Richard Wire (Stanford); No. 74 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (Washington); No. 85 Mirko Zapletal (Fresno State); and No. 94 Laurent Garcin (Nevada). The only ranked doubles team potentially participating in the tournament this weekend is No. 27 Bruch and Blake Muller (Stanford).

Cal has won both the singles and doubles titles in the past ten years with Conor Niland claiming the singles crown in 2003; Pierre Mouillon and Daniel Sebescen won the doubles title in 2006.

For complete draws, results and recaps, visit the men's tennis home page and click the Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championships button on the left hand side of the page. Fans can also point their browsers to for draws, results and schedules.

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