No. 30 Bears Host Utah, Travel to No. 21 USC and No. 1 UCLA
April 2, 2001
ARIZONA IN REVIEW: The 69th-ranked Arizona men's tennis team upset 30th-ranked California (8-5, 2-3 Pac-10), 4-3, Saturday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. In doubles play, Cal grabbed the point, when at the No. 1 spot, Arizona's Steven Capriati and Carl Hagman fell to No. 45 Adrian Barnes and Scott Kintz, 8-4. At the No. 3 spot Ben Miles and Balazs Veress increased their undefeated record as a tandem (7-0) with their 8-5 win. The Wildcat's Tom Lloyd and Whi Kim defeated John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk, 9-8(3), handing the duo their first loss of the season in dual match play. In singles play, the Cats won four out of six matches. At the No. 1 spot, Capriati beat No. 25 Fruttero. At the fourth spot, Kim earned his second win this weekend, against Kintz, 6-2, 6-3. Senior Jari Niskala defeated Kowalczyk, 6-4, 6-3, at the fifth spot. At the No. 3 spot, Hagman defeated 66th-ranked Barnes, 7-5, 6-7, 7-5, to clinch the match for the Cats. The Bears wins came at No. 2 and No. 6, where Balazs Veress and Ben Miles defeated their opponents. Veress handed Tom Lloyd a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat, while Miles knocked out Arnaud Agniel in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.
ARIZONA STATE IN REVIEW: The California men's tennis team defeated the Arizona State men's tennis team, 4-3, at the Whiteman Tennis Center. Cal took an early advantage by winning two of the three doubles matches for the first point. The Sun Devils claimed their only doubles win on the No. 1 court where Matt Klinger and Pim Van Mele defeated Adrian Barnes and Scott Kintz, 8-5. The tandem of John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk remained undefeated (5-0) at the No. 2 doubles spot when they defeated Nic Dubey and Jarrod Eckermann, 8-5. Cal took the double's point with the second win on court No. 3 when Ben Miles and Balazs Veress defeated Mitchell Bowen and Olivier Charroin, 8-2. In singles action, the two teams split the six matches. ASU claimed their first point on the No. 6 court where Eckermann defeated Erik Dmytruk in straight sets. The Bears then claimed wins on the second and fourth courts, while the Sun Devil's Mirza Duranovic defeated Barnes on the third court, 6-4, 6-1. Finishing up the match, Fruttero defeated ASU's senior all-american Dubey on the No. 1 court in straight sets, 6-3, 3-1, and ASU's Charroin defeated Kowalczyk, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 1-0, on the fifth court
TCU IN REVIEW: The No. 2 Horned Frog men's tennis team picked up its 12th victory of the 2001 season with a 5-1 win over 30th-ranked Cal at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth. The match was played indoors due to inclement weather. TCU got off to a slow start, losing all three doubles matches. The shutout in doubles was the Frogs first of the year. The Horned Frogs proceeded to win five straight singles matches to beat the Bears 5-1. One of the largest wins came from senior Petr Koula, who led the team in victories last season with 32, at the No. 5 spot, when he picked up a straight set win over Cal's Robert Kowalczyk to notch his first win of the 2001 dual season. The only other time Cal suffered a shutout in singles competition occurred Feb. 24, when the Bears fell to Stanford. TCU ended the Bears five-match winning streak with the defeat.
A LOOK AT UTAH: The Utah Utes (8-9, 1-4 Conference) ended a three-match losing streak when they defeated the Saint Marys Gaels, 5-2, April 1, at Moraga, the same team Cal defeated at home, 5-1, on Mar. 10. David Mercier currently holds down the Utes No. 1 singles and doubles spots. In related news, the Utes were shut out, 7-0, by USC, Mar. 13, before falling to BYU, 4-1, Mar. 22.
A LOOK AT USC: The No. 21-ranked USC Trojans (11-4, 1-2 Pac-10) are recently coming off a 5-2 defeat to No. 1 UCLA, March 31. Top-ranked singles player for the Trojans is No. 18 Andrew Park, while teammate Ryan Moore enters the polls ranked No. 89. Last season Cal fell to the Trojans twice, the first meeting resulting in a 5-2 loss in Berkeley, on April 7.
A LOOK AT UCLA: The No. 1 team in the country, the UCLA Bruins (16-0, 6-0 Pac-10) are recently coming off a 5-2 victory over cross-town rival USC, Sat., March 31. The Bruins have four singles players ranked in the Top 100 by the ITA. Leading the way is Jean-Julien Rojer, who is currently ranked No. 6 in the country, while Tobias Clemens and Jean-Noel Grinda are ranked No. 46 and No. 67, respectively. The Bruins will host Oxford, Tuesday, April 3, before taking on Stanford, Friday, April 6