No. 27 Bears Host No. 54 Kansas
March 20, 2001
CAL KNOCKS OFF UNDEFEATED SMU: The No. 27-ranked men's tennis team (6-3, 1-2 Pac-10) handed No. 8-ranked and undefeated SMU (10-1) their first loss of the season when the Bears defeated the Mustangs, 4-3, at Indian Wells, CA. Cal started off the competition by winning the doubles point behind strong performances by the tandems of John Paul Fruttero/Robert Kowalczyk, who won 9-7 at No. 2, and Ben Miles/Balazs Veress, who won 9-8(6) at No. 3. The point in doubles would prove the deciding factor in the win for the Bears. In singles, players went head to head as only three Cal players walked away with victories. Cal faltered at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots where Fruttero and Veress could not get by SMU's Jon Wallmark and the top-ranked player heading into the preseason, Genius Chidzikwe. Senior Adrian Barnes played a tough three-set match, as Barnes outlasted Krystian Pfeiffer, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Robert Kowalczyk, who has recently struggled with injuries, overpowered Lukasz Senczyszyn, winning in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. Scott Kintz sealed the victory for the Bears, defeating Alexix Rudzinski, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
CAL WINS FOUR IN A ROW: On March 6, Cal defeated William & Mary at the Hellman Tennis Courts, 6-1, then hosted the Santa Clara Broncos and the Saint Marys Gaels, March 10, walking away with near shutouts in both contests. Against the 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. Cal extended their win streak to four when they knocked off undefeated SMU at Indian Wells, CA, 4-3, behind strong doubles play and key wins in the middle of the singles lineup. Cal looks to extend the streak when they host Kansas, March 21.
A LOOK AT KANSAS: The No. 54-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (9-5) travel to the Bay Area to take on Fresno State, March 20, before traveling to Berkeley to take on the Bears the following day. The Jayhawks are coming off a tough match against No. 5 Texas A&M, March 8, where Kansas nearly pulled away with the victory, losing however to the Aggies, 4-3. Quentin Blakeney, who has gone 13-1 in dual match competition this season, is a strong player for the Jayhawks.
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, March 6. 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.
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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