Cal's Balazs Veress Falls in Semis of ITA Regionals

Oct. 29, 2002

Moraga, Calif. - Cal's No. 5-seed Balazs Veress' searing run through the main singles draw of the 2002 Omni Hotels ITA Northwest Regionals came to a halt today, losing his semifinal match in three sets to Washington's No. 2-seed Alex Vlaski 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2. Veress is now 6-4 in fall competition.

While the quarterfinals consisted of four players from three Pac-10 schools, the University of Washington took the crown as the Cougars' Matt Hanlin and Alex Vlaski both advanced to the title match, with Hanlin eventually taking the title. The strong Pac-10 showing in this year's Regionals looks to set up an exciting 2003 season.

Cal's No. 6-seed doubles team of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland, who advanced to the Round of 16 yesterday, took another step forward this morning, dropping Stanford's Phil Sheng and Jonathan Wong, 8-2, to advance to the quarterfinals. That's where the run ended, though, as the Cal duo ran into the No. 2-seed of Ari Strasburg and Alex Vlaski, dropping the match 8-5.

In the singles consolation bracket, Cal's senior Kevin Patrick was still alive entering Tuesday's quarterfinal action. Patrick defeated Oregon's Thomas Bieri in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, setting up a semifinal match with Santa Clara's Taylor Bedilion. Patrick couldn't muster enough offense, however, losing 6-1, 6-1 to end his glorious back draw run.

Overall, the Bears completed the tournament with a 25-16 record in both singles and doubles competition.

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(4), 7-6(5)No. 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. 2 Alex Vlaski, Washington def. No. 5 Balazs Veress, Cal, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2

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 def. Phil Sheng/Jonathan Wong, Stanford, 8-2Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Quarterfinal Round No. 2 Ari Strasberg/Alex Vlaski, Washington def. No. 6 Briaud/Niland, Cal, 8-5

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 def. Jason Menke, Oregon, 6-4, 7-6(4)Dustin Ilic, Fresno State def. Jeff King, Cal, 6-3, 6-3Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Quarterfinal RoundKevin Patrick, Cal def. Thomas Bieri, Oregon, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Semifinal RoundTaylor Bedilion, Santa Clara def. Kevin Patrick, Cal, 6-1, 6-1

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