No. 27 Men's Tennis Will Take on No. 6 Stanford, Travel to Arizona and ASU
April 9, 2001
UCLA IN REVIEW: The No. 27-ranked Cal men's tennis team (10-6, 2-2 Pac-10) are coming off a split down south in Los Angeles. The Bears defeated USC, 4-2, before heading to top-ranked UCLA, where Cal suffered a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Bruins. To start off the day, Cal was swept in doubles for the first time all season. Cal's duo of Ben Miles and Balazs Veress lost their first match as a tandem at No. 3, and now hold a 9-1 dual match record. John Paul Fruttero recovered from a straight set loss against USC the day before, and defeated Jean-Noel Grinda, 7-5, 6-2. Erik Dmytruk was the only other Bear to grab a point, as Dmytruk defeated Chris Sands, 7-5, 6-1, at the No. 6 spot.
USC IN REVIEW: The No. 20 USC men's tennis team dropped a 4-2 match at the hands of No. 27 Cal, April 6, at the Marks Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Trojans fell to 11-5 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10, while the Bears improved to 10-5, 2-1 in conference play. USC began the match shorthanded after losing Ruben Torres to a wrist (right) injury earlier in the week. He was replaced by freshman Garrett Wong. The Trojans surrendered the doubles point with two quick losses at the second and third courts. In singles play, Parker Collins was the first off the court after falling to Cal's Robert Kowalczyk 6-4, 6-2. He was followed by USC's Nick Rainey, who dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Scott Kintz. The Trojans' first point came at the No. 3 position when Damien Spizzo defeated the Bears' Adrian Barnes (6-4, 6-2), but it was too late for USC to make a run. Cal clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 decision at No. 6. No. 18-ranked Andrew Park posted an impressive win over No. 25 John Paul Fruttero, 6-4, 6-4, at center court.
UTAH IN REVIEW: Then No. 30-ranked Cal picked up an easy victory at home by knocking off the Utah Utes in a near shutout, 6-1. To start the day off, the Bears swept the doubles competition for only the third time this season. The duo of John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk, took control of the No. 1 spot today, making quick work of Utah, 8-5. The dynamic duo of freshman Balazs Veress and sophomore Ben Miles continued their mastery of doubles, improving their dual match record to 8-0, defeating Utah's duo, 8-5. In singles, each of Cal's five points came in straight sets. Kowalczyk replaced an injured Barnes, who then defeated Utah's Corrie Sheepers handily, 6-3, 6-2. With the absence of Barnes, freshman Wayne Wong got the call to compete at the No. 5 spot, where he took the match, 6-4, 7-5. Fruttero held down No. 1, easily defeating David Mercier, 6-4, 6-2, while notching his 20th overall win on the season. Dmytruk was the last Bear standing as he came back in the third set, to tie the match and send it into a third-set tie break. Dmytruk traded points with Utah's Nicholas Yip, however, Yip would prove the victor, as he ended the Bears chances of recording their first shutout of the season by defeating Dmytruk, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6(6).
A LOOK AT STANFORD: The No. 6-ranked Stanford Cardinal (15-1, 4-0 Pac-10) recently swept the Los Angeles schools by defeating No. 20-ranked USC, 4-2, April 7, after defeating top-ranked UCLA, 4-3. Stanford's Alex Kim is currently ranked No. 2 in the country by the ITA, while K.J. Hippensteel and David Martin are ranked No. 22 and No. 31, respectively. The Cardinal duo of Scott Lipsky and David Martin are currently ranked No. 3 in doubles. Stanford is riding a nine-match winning streak. The last time Cal defeated Stanford was 1991 and the last time Cal defeated Stanford in Palo Alto was 1990. At the time, Stanford and Cal were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, respectively.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA: The No. 48-ranked Arizona Wildcats (12-6, 3-5 Pac-10) are riding a three-match winning streak, the most recent win coming against Oregon, when the Wildcats shutout the Ducks, 7-0, in Tucson. The win came after a surprising upset of No. 12-ranked Washington, April 6. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies, 4-3, and look to use that as a boost for a road win against the Bears. In their last meeting, Cal suffered a close 4-3 loss in Tucson, as the Bears split their road trip to Arizona. The matchup with Arizona will mark a five-match homestand by the Bears.
A LOOK AT ASU: The No. 30-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (9-9, 3-2 Pac-10) recently lost to No. 12 Washington, 4-3, on April 7, after defeating the Oregon Ducks, 5-2, Friday, April 6. In their last meeting, March 30, Cal took a close 4-3 victory over the Sun Devils in Tempe. Cal and ASU split the singles points, although Cal won the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles points for the win.