Bears Chosen for 2003 National Men's Team Indoor Championships
Dec. 26, 2002
Berkeley, Calif. - The University of California men's tennis team has been selected as one of 16 teams to compete in the prestigious 2003 USTA/ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championship beginning February 20 at the Louisville Tennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
Making their second appearance in as many years, the No. 13 Bears are one of four Pac-10 conference members chosen for the tournament as Cal will join defending champion No. 10 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA and No. 1 USC. The Bears last appeared in the national indoor championship in 2001 and finished with a 1-2 record. Cal now has an overall record of 21-17 at the event. The Bears were crowned champions of the tournament in 1980 and 1989, and have competed a total of 12 times. Before 2001, the cal program had not made an appearance since 1992.
Drawing some of the best competition in the nation, this event will be an early test for the veteran Bears. Making the trip to Louisville will be No. 70 Arkansas, No. 7 Baylor, No. 17 Duke, No. 11 Florida, No. 2 Georgia, No. 35 Harvard, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 9 Mississippi, No. 31 San Diego State, No. 15 Texas and No. 16 Texas A&M. Also included is 2003 Cal opponent and 2002 tournament runner-up No. 4 Illinois.
With the Pac-10 bringing four teams to the field, the conference is one behind the SEC's tournament-high five teams. The Pac-10, though, has dominated play at this tournament as four different schools (Stanford, UCLA, Cal, and USC) have won the title every year since 1987 - with Stanford and UCLA winning the last 13. In fact, only three times has a school outside the state of California won this tournament since its inception in 1973 (all three were from the state of Texas).
Cal begins the 2003 season on January 16 as the squad travels to fifth-ranked Pepperdine to face the Waves at 1:30 p.m.