No. 11 California Returns Home to take on Clemson

March 19, 2002

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BACK TO BERKELEY: The men's tennis team returns home to Hellman Tennis Complex this weekend to begin a four-match homestand. First up for the Bears are the Tigers of Clemson, who will be visiting on Friday. Cal extended its winning streak to six matches last weekend by defeating Southern Methodist University at Indian Wells on Saturday.

BEARS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO SIX: Cal extended its winning streak to six matches, including eight of its last nine, against SMU on Saturday. The winning streak is the longest that the Bears have experienced since 1998, when they opened up the season by reeling off seven straight victories. In that season, Cal finished the year ranked No. 11 by the ITA, which is the highest finish in head coach Peter Wright's tenure. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 that season.

DANGEROUS DANE: Freshman sensation Mik Ledvonova continues to wow Bear faithful and opponents alike with his mature play and dominance on the court. Since joining Cal two months ago, Ledvonova has posted a record of 7-1 in dual matches, and has dominated in the second half of the singles lineup. Ledvonova picked up a key victory for the Bears against Stanford, and most recently, dispatched SMU's Eric Cohn in a straight set victory last Saturday, winning 6-2, 6-4.

ABOUT CLEMSON: The 55th-ranked Tigers (8-8) have lost their last three matches, including two on their current west coast trip. Clemson was swept by No. 6 Pepperdine, 7-0, last weekend after falling to UC Irvine by a 6-1 score. Spending the most time at the top spot for the Tigers this season is senior Marko Gojanovic, out of Westorough, Mass., who has posted a 1-8 record there this season. Gojanovic plays doubles with Nathan Thompson, rotating at the No.1 court, and the tandem has split their matches, 7-7 in 2002. Despite Clemson's 2-1 advantage in the lifetime series, Cal holds the momentum with a close 4-3 victory over the Tigers two years ago.

LAST WEEKEND AGAINST SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY: The team extended its winning streak to six on Saturday, defeating Southern Methodist University, 6-1, at the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells. With the win, the Bears improved to 10-3 overall, and also have won eight of their last nine 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. 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.

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