Cal Men Prepare for 2001 Dual Match Season

Jan. 22, 2001

BEARS OPEN UP DUAL MATCH PLAY ON ROAD: The Bears began the 2001 season last week at the Collegiate Invitational, Jan. 13-15, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Cal opens up dual match play in Washington as the Bears take on the Huskies, Friday, Jan. 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle. On Saturday, Jan. 27, Cal heads into Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks at 2:00 p.m.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON: First up for the Bears this weekend are the No. 28-ranked Washington Huskies. The Huskies defeated Portland, 6-1, at home on Jan. 17, before shutting out Boise State, 7-0, Jan. 20, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center to improve to 2-0. After opening up dual match play 4-0 last season, the Bears were handed their first lost when the Huskies came to Berkeley, Feb. 19, as Cal fell 5-2.

A LOOK AT OREGON: The No. 63-ranked Oregon Ducks (1-1) opened up dual match play in Minneapolis, on Jan. 19-20, where they fell to No. 30 Indiana State, 7-0, before bouncing back to grab a 5-2 victory over N.C. State. The Ducks travel to Stanford on Jan. 26 before visiting Hellman Tennis Courts to take on the Bears. Last year, Cal defeated then-No. 52-ranked Oregon, Feb. 18, as Cal increased its record to 4-0 in dual match play.

COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL IN REVIEW: The Bears began the 2001 season in Sherman Oaks, for the Collegiate Invitational, Jan. 13-15. No. 22-ranked freshman Balazs Veress and senior Erik Dmytruk were the only two players to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. Veress advanced past Ali Ansari of Stanford and Ryan Moore of USC, before falling to Erfan Djahangiri of UCLA, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Dmytruk knocked out Parker Collins of USC, before downing Lassi Ketola of UCLA. Dmytruk fell, however, to Stanford's David Martin in the quarters, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. Sophomore John Paul Fruttero was the only other Cal player to grab a win, as the No. 7-ranked singles player defeated Pepperdine's Chase Exon in the back draw of competition, after being ousted in the first round by UCLA's Tobias Clemens. In doubles, only one of three tandems came home with a win. Sophomores Robert Kowalczyk and Ben Miles defeated Matkowski and Rettenmaier of UCLA (8-2), before falling to Stanford's Morris and Haviland, 8-3.

FALL SEASON IN REVIEW: Freshman Balazs Veress, in his first collegiate tournament, advanced to the quarterfinals of the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, the first leg of the ITA Grand Slam. Veress reached the quarters after knocking off top-seed Ramsey Smith of Duke. At the Fresno State Invitational, senior Adrian Barnes, advanced to the quarterfinals in his first tournament of the year, while junior Hiro Nakamura and freshman Wayne Wong teamed to win the doubles championship. Sophomore John Paul Fruttero reached the semifinals of the ITA All-American tournament, the second leg of the Grand Slam. Fruttero made his way to the semifinals by knocking off the No. 1 seed, Brian Vahaly of Virginia. At the ITA Regional championships, Barnes showed his veteran leadership as he reached the title match in both singles and doubles. The No. 13 seed of the tournament, Barnes advanced to the championship by defeating teammate and No. 2 seed Fruttero in the semis. Barnes lost, however, to the No. 1 seed, K.J. Hippensteel of Stanford, for the crown. Teaming up with senior Scott Kintz, Barnes found himself in the doubles championship after defeating teams from Fresno State and Stanford, but fell to Stanford in the final.

FALL PLAY SETS STANDARD: When sophomore John Paul Fruttero advanced to the semifinals of the ITA All-American tournament, he became the first Cal player to do so since 1986. Cal is the only school in the country that can boast having two players reach at least the quarterfinals of the two opening legs of the ITA Grand Slam. Freshman Balazs Veress advanced to the quarterfinals of the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court championships in September.

HEAD COACH PETER WRIGHT: As the ninth coach in the 108-year history of Cal tennis, Head Coach Peter Wright begins his eighth year at the helm of the Golden Bears program. During his time here at Cal, Wright has compiled a 84-71 (.542) career record, and in 1998 led the Bears to their first sweep of USC and UCLA for the first time in 45 years. Known as one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Wright was named 1997 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

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