Collegiate Invitational Proves Tough Competition

Jan. 13-15, 2001

SHERMAN OAKS, CA - The No. 24-ranked Cal men's tennis team visited Sherwood Country Club this past weekend, opening the 2001 season at the Collegiate Invitational. Many strong teams from the Pac-10 competed, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA and No. 13 USC. The Bears struggled to find victories, as only two Cal players came home with two wins.

No. 22-ranked freshman Balazs Veress defeated Stanford's Ali Ansari (6-4, 6-3), before downing USC's Ryan Moore (0-6, 6-4, 7-6). Veress couldn't sustain his momentum, as the Budapest native fell in the quarterfinal match to Erfan Djahangiri of UCLA (6-1, 4-6, 6-2).

Senior Erik Dmytruk reached the quarterfinal match by defeating Parker Collins of USC (6-0, 4-6, 7-5), and Lassi Ketola of UCLA (7-5, 0-6, 6-4), however Dmytruk fell to Stanford's David Martin in a tough three set match (7-5, 4-6, 6-2).

No. 7-ranked sophomore John Paul Fruttero fell in the first round to UCLA's Tobias Clemens (6-4, 6-2), however grabbed a victory in the back draw of competition by defeating Chase Exon of Pepperdine (8-6). Pepperdine's Steve Racioppi handed Fruttero his second loss of the tournament, as the San Marino native fell, 8-6.

The Bears entered three doubles tandems in the weekend event, however, only one duo succeeded with a victory. The sophomore tandem of Robert Kowalczyk and Ben Miles, who are ranked No. 46 by the ITA, defeated UCLA's Mattowski and Rettenmaier (8-2), however fell next to Stanford's tandem of Morris and Haviland (8-3).

In other doubles matches, Fruttero teamed with Veress, yet the duo fell to Stanford's Martin and Lipsky (8-5). Senior Scott Kintz teamed with Dmytruk, only to get knocked out by USC's Park and Spizzo (8-4).

Kowalczyk fell twice over the weekend, first to Julian Rojer of UCLA (6-1, 3-6, 6-1), then lost in the back draw to Nick Rainey of USC (8-4). Scott Kintz lost in the first round to Erfan Djahangiri of UCLA (5-7, 7-5, 6-3), while junior Hiro Nakamura ended his match with Carter Morris of Stanford early due to an injury (6-2, ret). Sophomore Ben Miles continued in Nakamura's place in the back draw, however Miles lost to UCLA's Chris Sands, 8-3.

The Bears have a week off as dual match competition begins next week, when Cal will travel north to take on No. 28-ranked Washington, Jan. 26, before heading to No. 63-ranked Oregon on Jan. 27.

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