No. 30 Men's Tennis Travels to No. 2 TCU, No. 34 ASU and No. 58 Arizona
March 26, 2001
CAL KNOCKS OFF KANSAS: The No. 30-ranked men's tennis team (7-3, 1-2 Pac-10) defeated the No. 63-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (9-6, 0-1 Big 12) at the Hellman Tennis Courts, 6-1, Wednesday, Mar. 21, for the Bears fifth victory in a row. The Bears took their first sweep in doubles all season when the three teams took their matches and the doubles point for Cal. The Bears, which had not yet seen a victory at the No. 1 spot all year rallied behind the aggressive play of seniors Adrian Barnes and Scott Kintz, who teamed to knock out Kansas' tandem of Quentin Blakeney and Pete Stroer, 8-6. Cal's duo of John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk remain undefeated at the No. 2 spot (3-0) after they defeated the Jayhawk's Alex Barragan and Rodrigo Echagaray, 8-6. In singles, Kansas would not go down without a fight, as the Jayhawk's Eleazar Magallan took Fruttero to the wire, yet Fruttero outlasted him, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. At No. 2, freshman Balazs Veress could not get past the aggressive play of Rodrigo Echagaray, losing the only singles point of the match to Kansas. Kintz would also take Kansas' Pete Stroer to a third set tie-breaker, coming out the victor with a 6-7, 7-6, 7-6(8) win. Kintz improves to 5-0 at the No. 4 spot, while improving to 7-1 in dual match competition.
CAL WINS FIVE 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. With the win against Kansas, Mar. 21, Cal extended their streak to five, and look to make it six against No. 2 Texas Christian University, Mar. 27.
A LOOK AT TCU: The second-best team in the country, according to the ITA, is the Texas Christian University Frogs (11-2). The Frogs moved up to the No. 2 spot in the rankings after being No. 5 the week before. The Horned Frogs have grabbed wins over third-ranked Duke, No. 9 Washington and No. 11 Mississippi. TCU's only two losses have come at the hands of No. 1-ranked UCLA, and then No. 5 Texas A&M. Holding down the No. 1 spot is No. 8-ranked Esteban Carril, who holds a 16-5 overall record, going 6-3 in dual competition.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: The No. 34-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (8-6, 2-1 Pac-10) ended a three-match losing streak when they recently upset No. 12 Auburn, 4-3, at home, Mar. 24. The win helps improve on an 8-2 home court record at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The Sun Devils suffered a setback, Mar. 19, when they fell to San Diego, 4-3, at home. Nic Dubey is currently ranked No. 57 by the ITA and plays at No. 1 in singles and in doubles for ASU.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA: The No. 58-ranked Arzona Wildcats (9-5, 0-4 Pac-10) have not played since March 10, when Arizona was shut out by No. 1-ranked UCLA, 7-0. The day before, the Wildcats suffered another loss when they fell to then No. 21-ranked USC, 5-2. The Wildcats will host No. 7-ranked Stanford, Mar. 30, after not seeing any action for nearly three weeks, before taking on the Bears, Mar. 31.
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.