No. 27 Bears Take on No. 9 Southern Methodist University

March 13, 2001


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CAL WINS THREE IN A ROW: The No. 27-ranked men's team (5-3, 1-2 Pac-10) played two matches Saturday, March 10, and came away with near shutouts in both. Against the Santa Clara Broncos, Cal faltered only in one singles spot, while all other players for the Bears defeated their Bronco opponents in straight sets. No. 26-ranked sophomore John Paul Fruttero continued his leadership at the top spot for the Bears. Fruttero knocked off Matt Cox with ease, 6-1, 6-2. In doubles, Cal's tandem of Scott Kintz and Adrian Barnes fell to the Broncos duo of Mike Brugemeister and Ryan Livesay, 8-6 at the No. 1 spot. The Bears grabbed the doubles point when the tandems of Fruttero/Robert Kowalczyk and Ben Miles/Balazs Veress won at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Taking on the Saint Marys Gaels, the Bears grabbed five of six singles points for the match. Scott Kintz played at No. 2, defeating Arturo Planell in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, while sophomore Ben Miles grabbed a strong win at No. 6, defeating Arvind Stokes, 6-1, 6-0. On March 6, Cal defeated William & Mary at the Hellman Tennis Courts, 6-1. Cal now looks to make it four in a row as they take on the No. 9 SMU Mustangs, March 17.

A LOOK AT SMU: The undefeated and No. 9-ranked SMU Mustangs (9-0) host Columbia, March 13, at the Haggar Tennis Stadium, before traveling to Indian Wells for the matchup with No. 27-ranked Cal. Recently the Mustangs defeated No. 11-ranked Texas, March 7, with a close 4-3 victory. No. 4-ranked singles player, Genius Chidzikwe and No. 30-ranked Jon Wallmark are holding down the No. 1 and No. 2 spots for the Mustangs.

BEARS DEFEAT WILLIAM & MARY AT HOME: The then No. 26-ranked Bears got off to a slow start, losing the doubles point to the No. 69-ranked William & Mary Tribe, however rebounded to win every singles point and grab a 6-1 victory. In doubles, sophomore John Paul Fruttero and senior Adrian Barnes faltered at the No. 1 spot for the Bears, losing to William & Mary, 8-6. Cal's senior duo of Scott Kintz and Erik Dmytruk fell at the No. 2 spot to Brian Lubin and Geoffrey Russell, 8-6. The tandem of sophomore Ben Miles and freshman Balazs Veress grabbed the only win in doubles, however, it was not enough for the point. When singles started, the Bears refocused their intensity and rebounded from the doubles setback and grabbed each point in singles against the Tribe. Freshman Wayne Wong made quick work of Charles Briggs at No. 6, defeating him in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. At No. 5, Robert Kowalczyk defeated Matt Davis in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1, while senior Adrian Barnes finished off Brian Lubin in a hard-fought three set match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Then No. 20-ranked sophomore John Paul Fruttero clinched the victory for Cal at the No. 1 spot when he rebounded from a tough first set to defeat Trevor Sprecklin, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

FRUTTERO LOOKS FOR REMATCH: No. 26-ranked sophomore John Paul Fruttero hopes to avenge his 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 loss to SMU's Genius Chidzidwe at the ITA All-American semifinals, Oct. 13, 2000. The loss to Chidzikwe was Fruttero's only loss in his first nine matches. Fruttero advanced to the tournament semifinals by defeating Virginia's Brian Vahaly and Duke's Andres Pedroso.

FALL SEASON IN REVIEW: Freshman Balazs Veress, advanced to the quarterfinals of the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, the first leg of the ITA Grand Slam, by knocking off top-seed Ramsey Smith of Duke. At the Fresno State Invitational, senior Adrian Barnes, advanced to the quarterfinals, 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, by knocking off the No. 1 seed, Brian Vahaly of Virginia. At the ITA Regional championships, Barnes 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. Barnes teamed with with senior Scott Kintz in doubles, as the duo fell to Stanford in the final.

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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