Cal Takes Two: Throttles St. Mary's, and then Beats the Broncos
Feb. 3, 2002
Berkeley - The 11th-ranked University of California men's tennis team (2-0) opened its season Saturday to a pair of victories over local teams. The Bears spent the morning beating up on St. Mary's, 6-0, and then resumed play in the afternoon, finishing off Santa Clara by a score of 4-3.
Wetness on the courts delayed the match with the Gaels (1-2) on most of the courts for almost an hour. Cal freshman Balazs Veress was able to start his match on the number one court against Frank Schmitt first, and consequently got the first victory of the season, 6-1, 6-3. That match started a trend, which saw Cal win all 12 sets played against St. Mary's, as the Bears cruised to the easy win. Freshmen Conor Niland and Mik Ledvonova also shined for Cal. Niland ousted Arturo Planell on the No. 2 court, 6-1, 6-0, and Ledvonova defeated Filip Sarovic 6-1, 6-3. Doubles were not played.
Cal coach Peter Wright rotated his players throughout the day, with 11 out of 12 Bear tennis players seeing action on opening day. Cal opened its match with the Broncos (2-2) by taking the doubles point in three hard-fought battles. In the top singles court, John Paul Fruttero, who rejoined the team following a fall playing in professional events, defeated Bronco freshman Chris Lam in a pair of 6-3 sets. Veress, who was the only Bear to play three matches on the day, lost on the second court, 6-4, 7-5. Niland once again performed superbly, defeating Taylor Gedillion, 6-2, 6-0. Niland, who played in two singles matches, only lost a total of three sets on the afternoon.
Cal travels to the National Team Indoors next week, and returns to Berkeley and February 15 to take on Fresno State.
VS. ST. MARY'S (6-0 Cal Win)
Balazs Veress (Cal) def. Frank Schmitt, 6-1, 6-3
Conor Niland (Cal) def. Arturo Planell, 6-1, 6-0
Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Thomas Burgemeister, 6-2, 6-1
Mik Ledvonova (Cal) def. Filip Sarovic, 6-1, 6-3
Kevin Patrick (Cal) def. J.J. Whitlinger, 6-2, 6-4
Jeff King (Cal) def. Philip Laubscher, 6-2, 6-4
VS. SANTA CLARA (4-3 Cal Win)
John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. Chris Lam, 6-3, 6-3
Mike Duong def. Balazs Veress (Cal), 6-4, 7-5
Victor Camargo def. Chase Exon (Cal), 5-7, 6-1, 6-0
Wayne Wong (Cal) def. Erich Chen, 6-1, 6-3
Conor Niland (Cal) def. Taylor Bedillion, 6-2, 6-0
Francisco Zepponi def. Patrick Briaud (Cal) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Fruttero/Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Lam/Bruggeman 8-6
Miles/Veress (Cal) def. Chen/Bedillion 8-6
Maitioli/Camargo def. Exon/Ledvonova (Cal) 8-6