No. 17 Cal Returns to Hellman, Throttles Utes

Feb. 26, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - The California men's tennis team added to their three-game winning streak Tuesday, dropping the visiting Utes of Utah by a 7-0 score. The Bears improve to 7-3, while Utah drops to 5-4 on the season.

The Bears returned to the courts as heros on Tuesday, for their come-from-behind victory over Stanford three days ago, and treated the home fans to some dominating tennis. On the doubles courts, junior Ben Miles and sophomore Balazs Veress outlasted Utah's Carlson/Poulson duo, winning 9-7. With a loss on the top court and a quick win on court No. 3, Cal claimed the doubles point and the momentum in the match with Miles'/Veress' win. Utah would not come close again.

The Bears swept the singles courts, with not one match extending to a third set. John Paul Fruttero was especially impressive, displaying tight ball control and a series of acrobatic shots to dominate Utah's Nicholas Yip, 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Conor Niland rebounded from his two losses over the weekend to sweep Ute Daniel Carlsson on the third court, 6-0, 6-0. Ben Miles improved to 2-0 in singles on the season on court No. 6, easily defeating Daniel Lohff, a freshman from Sweden.

This weekend, Cal travels to La Jolla to compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles tournament. The event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

California: 7-3
Utah: 5-4

Mercier/Yip (Utah) def. Fruttero/Kowalczyk, 8-3
Miles/Veress (Cal) def. Carlsson/Poulson, 9-7
Exon/Niland (Cal) def. Tangberg/Scheepers, 8-2

John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. Nicholas Yip, 6-4, 6-3
Balazs Veress (Cal) def. Corrie Scheepers, 7-6, 6-2
Conor Niland (Cal) def. Daniel Carlsson, 6-0, 6-0
Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Tyler Poulson, 6-2, 7-6
Mik Ledvonova (Cal) def. Tobias Tangberg, 6-4, 6-3
Ben Miles (Cal) def. Daniel Lohff, 6-3, 6-2

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