Peter Wright Named Men's Tennis Pac-10 Coach of the Year

May 7, 2001

Three members of the Cal men's tennis team have received awards from the Pac-10 Conference, as two players and the coach earned All-Conference accolades.

The Pac-10 released the All-Conference team today, with head coach Peter Wright headlining the news, as Wright was named Pac-10 Men's Coach of the Year for the 2000-01 season. Wright has led the Bears to a 14-8 overall mark thus far, including a 4-3 record in the Pac-10, and a 3rd-place finish in the conference. Wright was also named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1997 when he led the Bears to a 3-7 record in the Pac-10, and a 4th-place finish in the conference. In 1994, Wright was named Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year for guiding the Bears back to postseason play after Cal had missed the Big Dance the previous two seasons.

Along with Wright, freshman Balazs Veress was named Pac-10 Men's Freshman of the Year. The native of Budapest, Hungary has compiled a 19-13 overall record thus far, including a 10-10 record in dual match competition, playing mostly at the No. 2 spot for the Bears. In addition, Veress was also named Pac-10 Second Team All-Conference.

Sophomore and No. 17-ranked John Paul Fruttero was also named Pac-10 First Team All-Conference. The San Marino native has compiled a team-best 28-13 record thus far, including a 15-7 mark at the No. 1 spot for the Bears. Fruttero opened the fall ranked No. 7 in the country by the ITA.

The men's tennis team will open up NCAA Regional action in Provo, Utah, where they will take on the No. 67-ranked BYU Cougars, May 11, at 2 p.m.

Men's First Team
John Paul Fruttero, Cal
K.J. Hippensteel, Stanford
Alex Kim, Stanford
Ryan Moore, USC
Andrew Park, USC
Jean-Julien Rojer, UCLA

Men's Second Team
Balazs Veress, Cal
Andrej Bizjak, UW
Nic Dubey, ASU
Jean-Noel Grinda, UCLA
Matt Hanlin, UW
Ryan Haviland, Stanford
David Martin, Stanford

Men's Player of the Year
Alex Kim, Stanford

Men's Doubles Team of the Year
K.J. Hippensteel / Alex Kim, Stanford

Men's Freshman of the Year
Balazs Veress, Cal

Men's Coach of the Year
Peter Wright, Cal

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