No. 13 Men's Tennis Looks to Make Its Mark at Pac-10's

April 25, 2001

The Pac-10's nine women's teams and eight men's teams head to Ojai, Calif., Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29, to decide the league's singles and doubles champions.

For the men, the tournament will feature a 32-player singles draw, in which four athletes from each school will participate. In doubles, there will be a 16-team draw, which shall consist of two doubles teams from each school.

In addition, there is also a Pac-10 Invitational tournament, which will feature players who missed the top spots in the Pac-10 championship tournament. They will have a chance to notch significant wins in singles and in doubles.

The men's tennis team has recently jumped an amazing eight spots in the ITA rankings and now sits among the top 15 in the country at No. 13. Just two weeks ago, the No. 13-ranked Bears were ranked No. 26 in the country, yet after winning four of their last five and knocking off top-ranked teams such as Pepperdine, USC and almost defeating No. 1 UCLA, they have gained their highest ranking in the ITA since 1995. That year, Cal matched its third place finish in the Pac-10 and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.

Pac-10 Championships*

Pac-10 Men's Singles

Balazs Veress vs. Oded Tieg (Oregon), Thursday, 8 a.m.
Robert Kowalczyk vs. Matt Klinger (ASU), Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
Scott Kintz vs. Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA), Thursday, 12:30 p.m.
John Paul Fruttero vs. Jeremy Berman (UW), Thursday, 12:30 p.m.

If Fruttero and Kintz win their first round matchups, they will face each other in the Round of 16. If Balazs Veress wins his first round match, he will most likely face No. 1-ranked Alex Kim of Stanford in the second round.

Pac-10 Men's Doubles

Erik Dmytruk/Scott Kintz vs. Steven Capriati/Carl Hagman (UA), Friday, 11 a.m.
John Paul Fruttero/Robert Kowalczyk vs. Jeremy Berman/Matt Hanlin (UW), Friday, 12:30 p.m.

*All matches for Pac-10 Men's singles and doubles will be played at Libbey Park in Ojai.

Pac-10 Invitational Tournament*

Invitational Men's Singles

Wayne Wong vs. Carter Morris (Stanford), Thursday, 8 a.m.
Erik Dmytruk vs. Michael Rubin (UW), Thursday, 8 a.m.
Hiro Nakamura vs. Alexander Druzenko (Oregon), Thursday, 11 a.m.
Ben Miles vs. Brian Jackson (UA), Thursday, 11 a.m.

Invitational Men's Doubles

Hiro Nakamura/Wayne Wong vs. Arnaud Agniel/Brian Jackson (UA), Friday, 11 a.m.
Ben Miles/Balazs Veress - Bye in first round.

*All matches for Pac-10 Invitational Tournament singles and doubles will be played at Libbey Park in Ojai.

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