Men's Tennis Finishes 3rd in the Pac-10
April 19, 2001
The No. 21-ranked Cal men's tennis team (13-7, 4-3 Pac-10) has solidified a third place finish in the Pac-10 with a 4-3 conference record. The last time the Bears finished the conference in the top three dates back six years to 1995, when the Bears tied for 3rd in the conference with a 5-5 Pac-10 record.
That year, the Bears ended their season in the Round of 16 at the NCAA championships, while garnering a No. 13 national ranking at the end of the season. It was the second year with Head Coach Peter Wright at the helm, who in the year before, was named Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year for guiding the Bears to the postseason after Cal had missed the Big Dance the previous two seasons.
A look at the rankings: The No. 21-ranked Bears have had considerable success against teams with higher rankings, and deserve to move up before the season's end. On April 6, Cal handed No. 18-ranked USC a 4-2 defeat in Los Angeles. On April 16, Cal upset then No. 12-ranked Pepperdine in Berkeley, defeating the Waves, 4-3, behind four wins in singles. The Bears biggest win came on March 17, when Cal defeated No. 8-ranked Southern Methodist in Indian Wells, 4-3, after winning the doubles point and three singles matches at No. 3, 4 and 5. Despite a loss to No. 4-ranked Texas Christian, March 27, and a season-opening loss at No. 16 Washington, the Bears only major losses have come to conference foes UCLA and Stanford, who have been ranked in the top five for a majority of the season.
This weekend, Cal will close its season with two non-conference matchups with the Los Angeles schools. The Bears will take on No. 1-ranked UCLA, Friday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Courts, before taking on No. 18-ranked USC, Saturday at 12 noon.
No. 1-Stanford 7-0
No. 2-UCLA 6-1
No. 3-California 4-3
No. 4 (t)-ASU 3-4
No. 4 (t)-USC 3-4
No. 5-Washington 2-4*
No. 6-Arizona 2-5
No. 7-Oregon 0-6*
*Washington will take on Oregon, Saturday, April 21, for their final Pac-10 matchup of the year.