Men's Tennis Checks in at No. 10 in Preseason Rankings
Jan. 13, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The California men's tennis team was picked as the No. 10 team in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in the preseason rankings announced today, Jan. 13, 2003.
The Bears, who finished the 2002 season with a 19-7 overall record and a No. 13 national ranking, completed their best Pac-10 finish ever (5-2/T2nd). Two other Pac-10 teams joining the Bears in the Top 10 are Stanford (No. 4) and defending NCAA Champion USC (No. 7).
Individual rankings were also released today, as Cal placed four players in the Top 100. Sophomore Conor Niland leads the group at No. 31, followed by No. 37 Balazs Veress, No. 82 Robert Kowalczyk and No. 95 Wayne Wong. Seniors John Paul Fruttero and Steve Berke did not play during the fall and are therefore not eligible to be ranked in the preseason polls. The Bears did not place a doubles team in the Top 60.
Cal begins the regular season at Pepperdine on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Malibu.
Preseason ITA Top 25Team (1st place votes) Points1 UCLA (29) 25402 Illinois (8) 25143 Baylor (2) 24744 Stanford 23585 Florida 23526 Georgia 23497 Southern California (2) 23408 Mississippi 23249 Kentucky 228410 California 226911 Duke 217612 Texas 217413 Texas A&M 209114 Tennessee 208815 Auburn 206216 VCU 203717 Alabama 200818 Pepperdine 199819 Minnesota 187020 Washington 186121 South Florida 183022 South Carolina 181923 Wake Forest 178324 Ohio State 176125 Mississippi State 1729
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