Cal's Balazs Veress Advances to Semis of ITA Regionals

Oct. 28, 2002

Moraga, Calif. - No. 5-seed Balazs Veress defeated No. 4-seed Scott Lipinsky of Stanford 7-6, 6-3, in a quarterfinal match of the 2002 Omni Hotels ITA Northwest Regional to advance to the semifinals of the main draw. Veress will face No. 2 Alex Vlaski of Washington in the semifinals.

All in all, three Bears advanced to the quarterfinals, more than any other school in the tournament. Within the quarterfinal draw, only three schools were represented, Cal, Stanford and Washington - all belonging to the Pac-10. Besides Veress, No. 6-seed Conor Niland defeated No. 9-16-seed Sam Warburg of Stanford in the Round of 16 before losing to No. 3 Matt Hanlin of Washington, 7-6(5), 6-1 in the quarters. The third Bear, No. 9-seed Wayne Wong upset No. 8-seed Peter Malacek of Portland before running into the top-seeded David Martin of Stanford 6-3, 6-3, in the quarterfinal bracket. The loss ended Wong's impressive 10-game winning streak, dating back to Sept. 20 in his first match of the Napa Valley Tennis Classic.

In earlier singles action, No. 9-16-seed Robert Kowalczyk fell in the Round of 16. Kowalczyk dropped a 7-5, 6-2 decision to No. 7 Manuel Kost of Oregon.

In the back draw, senior's Jeff King and Kevin Patrick both advanced to the fourth round with third round wins over Cal Poly and Nevada-Reno, respectively.

The No. 5-seeded doubles team of Patrick Briaud and Niland is the only Bears team to advance to the Round of 16. The duo defeated Bryce Cooper and Drew Ernst of Gonzaga in the round of 32 after a first round bye.

Overall, the Bears have torn through the tournament with an 18-11 record in both singles and doubles competition, up until this point.

Updated results can be found on the Saint Mary's College website: (

Note: Senior John Paul Fruttero, ranked pre-season #4 nationally, is taking the fall off school and is playing in professional tournaments around the world as an amateur.


Singles:Saturday, Oct. 26 - 1st RoundNo. 5 Balazs Veress, Cal vs. byeNo. 6 Conor Niland, Cal vs. byeNo. 9 Wayne Wong, Cal vs. byeNo. 9-16 Robert Kowalczyk vs. byeNo. 17 Mik Ledvonova, Cal vs. byePatrick Briaud, Cal vs. byeKevin Patrick, Cal def. Bryce Cooper, Gonzaga, 6-3, 6-4Jacob Silva, Sacramento State def. Jeff King, Cal, 6-4, 6-2Dean Wallace, Cal def. Bret Britzer, Nevada-Reno, 6-4, 6-3Saturday, Oct. 26 - Round of 64No. 5 Balazs Veress, Cal def. Taylor Bedilion, Santa Clara, 6-2, 6-0No. 6 Conor Niland, Cal def. Nick Tracy, Cal Poly, 6-1, 6-4No. 9 Wayne Wong, Cal def. Chris King, Oregon, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3No. 9-16 Robert Kowalczyk, Cal def. Bret Van Linge, Cal Poly, 6-1, 6-2No. 17 Mik Ledvonova, Cal def. Stacy Meronoff, Cal Poly, 6-3, 6-2Romain Lachens, Saint Mary's def. Patrick Briaud, Cal, 6-1, 6-3Scott Felsenthal, Washington def. Kevin Patrick, Cal, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)Dean Wallace, Cal def. Drew Ernst, Gonzaga, 6-3, 6-1Sunday, Oct. 27 - Round of 32No. 5 Balazs Veress, Cal def. Fred Sundsten, Washington, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2No. 6 Conor Niland, Cal def. Erich Chen, Santa Clara, 7-6(5), 6-0No. 9 Wayne Wong, Cal def. Christopher Palmansnofer, Washington, 6-3, 6-3No. 9-16 Robert Kowalczyk, Cal def. James Pade, Stanford, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5No. 9-16 Ari Stasberg, Washington def. No. 17 Mik Ledvonova, Cal, 7-6(4), 6-0No. 2 Alex Vlaski, Washington def. Dean Wallace, Cal, 6-4, 6-1Sunday, Oct. 27 - Round of 16No. 5 Balazs Veress, Cal def. No. 9-16 Carter Morris, Stanford, 7-5, 6-2No. 6 Conor Niland, Cal def. No. 9-16 Sam Warburg, Stanford, 7-6(5), 6-1No. 9 Wayne Wong, Cal def. No. 8 Peter Malacek, Portland, 6-3, 6-3No. 7 Manuel Kost, Oregon def. No. 9-16 Robert Kowalczyk, Cal, 7-5, 6-2Monday, Oct. 28 - Quarterfinal RoundNo. 5 Balazs Veress, Cal def. No. 4 Scott Lipsky, Stanford, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3No. 3 Matt Hanlin, Washington def. No. 6 Conor Niland, Cal, 7-6(5), 6-1No. 1 David Martin, Stanford def. No. 9 Wayne Wong, Cal, 6-3, 6-3Monday, Oct. 28 - Semifinal RoundNo. 5 Balazs Veress, Cal vs. No. 2 Alex Vlaski, Washington

Doubles:Saturday, Oct. 26 - 1st RoundWallace/Wong, cal vs. byeNo. 6 Briaud/Niland, Cal vs. byeNo. 1 Kowalczyk/Veress, Cal vs. byeKing/Patrick, Cal def. Travis Crawford/Scott Sans-Leeb, Cal Poly, 8-5Sunday, Oct. 27 - Round of 32Mason Fuller/Joachim Liem, USF def. No. 1 Kowalczyk/Veress, Cal, 9-8(6)No. 6 Briaud/Niland, Cal def. Bryce Cooper/Drew Ernst, Gonzaga, withdrewChris Palmansnofer/Pete Scharler, Washington def. Wallace/Wong, Cal, 8-4No. 5 Carter Morris/Sam Warburg, Stanford def. King/Patrick, Cal, 8-4Monday, Oct. 28 - Round of 16No. 6 Briaud/Niland, Cal vs. Phil Sheng/Jonathan Wong, Stanford

Consolation Singles:Saturday, Oct. 27 - Second RoundKevin Patrick, Cal - byePatrick Briaud, Cal def. Arron Spencer, Oregon, 6-1, 6-2Jeff King, Cal def. Ted Blosser, Santa Clara, 6-3, 6-2Saturday, Oct. 27 - Third RoundKevin Patrick, Cal def. Eric Roslanski, Nevada-Reno, 6-1, 6-2Michael Duong, Pacific def. Patrick Briaud, Cal, 6-4, 6-4Jeff King, Cal def. Stacy Meronoff, Cal Poly, 6-7(7-4), 7-5, 6-3Monday, Oct. 28 - Fourth RoundKevin Patrick, Cal vs. Jason Menke, OregonJeff King, Cal vs. Dustin Ilic, Fresno State

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