California to Face Stanford in Rematch Tuesday
April 8, 2002
CAL VS. STANFORD II: The Bears (14-4, 2-0 Pac-10) and the Cardinal (16-2, 2-0 Pac-10) will meet for the first time since Cal's dramatic 4-3 upset over Stanford on Feb. 23 on the farm. With the win, Cal snapped Stanford's 75-home match winning streak. The Bears also broke their own losing streak to the Cardinal, winning for the first time in 22 matches.
THIS TIME, IT'S FOR KEEPS: Tuesday's match takes on a larger role than the school rivalry. As is the case in past seasons, the second meeting between the two Bay Area teams will count in the Pac-10 standings. The Bears, who have yet to drop a point in Pac-10 play, are a perfect 2-0 in the conference, matching the Cardinal's own 2-0 mark. Stanford, however, gave up a point to Washington.
KOWALCZYK'S TIEBREAK WIN SEALS THE DEAL: In a rivalry like these this one, no upset win can come without its dramatics. In fact, the Bears had their backs to the wall Feb. 23, down 3-0 and on the brink of a loss, before the wins began to mount. First freshman sensation Mik Ledvonova turned in a straight set 7-5, 6-0 victory on the sixth court to break the ice for the Bears. Then the crowd's attention turned to Cal team captain John Paul Fruttero, who had taken a lead over the ITA's No. 1 player, K.J. Hippensteel, on court one. With the third set standing at 5-3, Fruttero served out the match, handing Hippensteel his first loss of the season. Wayne Wong followed suit on the third court, handing a loss to the ITA's 19th-ranked player in David Martin to tie the match at 3. With the attention turned to the fifth court, Robert Kowalczyk fought off a comeback by Sam Warburg to clinch Cal's win in a tiebreak set, capping the victory.
ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal is the sixth-ranked team in the country, led by Hippensteel, who is the No. 4 player in the nation with a 12-4 record on the top court. Taking charge on the doubles courts for Stanford is the combination of Scott Lipsky and David Martin, who are the ITA's top-ranked doubles combo.