California Extends Winning Streak to 6, Rolls over SMU

March 19, 2002

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - The University of California men's tennis team extended its winning streak to six on Saturday with a 6-1 win over Southern Methodist University at the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells. With the win, the Bears improve to 10-3 overall, and also have won seven of their last eight matches.

Cal got started quickly by dispatching all three SMU doubles tandems, including an 8-1 thrashing on the top court. Bears John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk dropped SMU's Brunstrom and Cohn at the top spot, and Ben Miles and Balazs Veress took care of business on court two, winning 8-3.

In singles, Cal took five of six matches, including three in straight sets. Fruttero and Kowalczyk carried their doubles momentum into singles, thrashing their opponents 7-6, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-1, respectively. Freshman sensation Mik Ledvonova continued to impress on court six, while the 2001 Pac-10 Rookie of the Year Veress came back from a lost first set to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The Bears are back in action on Friday, March 22, when Cal takes on Clemson at Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Cal 10-3
SMU: 6-9

Fruttero/Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Brunstrom/Cohn, 8-1
Miles/Veress (Cal) def. Pfeiffer/Rudzinski, 8-3
Chingoka/Senczyszyn (SMU) def. Exon/Niland, 8-6

John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. Krystian Pfeiffer, 7-6, 6-3
Balazs Veress (Cal) def. Alexis Rudzinski, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
Gwinyai Chingoka (SMU) def. Wayne Wong, 6-3, 6-4
Conor Niland (Cal) def. Johan Brunstrom, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6
Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Lukasz Senczyszyn, 6-4, 6-1
Mik Ledvonova (Cal) def. Eric Cohn, 6-2, 6-4

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