No. 21 Men's Tennis Takes Down No. 19 USC, 4-2
April 21, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 21-ranked Cal men's tennis team (14-7, 4-3 Pac-10) extended their winning streak to four matches after taking down the No. 18-ranked USC Trojans (13-7, 3-4 Pac-10) at the Hellman Tennis Courts, 4-2.
Cal switched up the doubles teams, moving the duo of John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk to the No. 1 spot, where they couldn't manage to hold on at the end. They fell to USC's tandem of Damien Spizzo and Nick Rainey, 9-8. Seniors Scott Kintz and Erik Dmytruk grabbed a tough win for the Bears at the No. 2 spot, defeating Parker Collins and Andrew Park, 8-6. Cal's duo of Ben Miles and Balazs Veress cruised to an easy 8-1 victory at the No. 3 spot, improving their record at No. 3 to 11-2.
In singles, the big victory came at No. 1, where Fruttero went up against his nemesis and high school teammate, Andrew Park. Fruttero has competed against Park numerous times, matching up with him in junior national competitions, collegiate tournaments and in April 6th's matchup in Los Angeles. The meetings between the two exceed double digits, although Fruttero has never won a single contest against Park. That would all change today, when Fruttero took his first ever win over Park, doing so in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Fruttero's play gave the Bears an added boost and helped propel the team past USC, giving Cal its first sweep over USC in many years. Cal's other two singles points came at No. 4, where Kowalczyk easily defeated Nick Rainey, 6-0, 6-1, and at No. 6 where red-hot Ben Miles knocked out Parker Collins, 6-3, 6-2.
Adrian Barnes returned to action today, however, he came up unsuccessful, losing to Damien Spizzo, 6-3, 6-2.
Cal had recently closed out is Pac-10 season with a 3rd place finish, with Stanford and top-ranked UCLA ahead in the conference standings. The Bears, however, have been on a tear as of late, sweeping the Arizona schools last week, before defeating No. 12 Pepperdine at home, April 16. Cal has won six of its last eight matches, including four in a row at the Hellman Tennis Courts.
Cal will take on No. 1 UCLA tomorrow, April 22, at 11 a.m., in a rescheduled match at the Hellman Tennis Courts that was rained out on Friday.
No. 1 John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. Andrew Park, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 Ryan Moore (USC) def. Balazs Veress, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 Damien Spizzo (USC) def. Adrian Barnes, 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Nick Rainey, 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Scott Kintz (Cal) vs. Ruben Torres (USC), DNF
No. 6 Ben Miles (Cal) def. Parker Collins, 6-3, 6-2
No. 1 Spizzo/Rainey (USC) def. Fruttero/Kowalczyk, 9-8
No. 2 Kintz/Erik Dmytruk (Cal) def. Collins/Park, 8-6
No. 3 Miles/Veress (Cal) def. Moore/Torres, 8-1
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