Fruttero Advances to Quarterfinals at Pac-10 Championships
April 24, 2003
Ojai, Calif. - The Bears started the day with four players alive in the main draw, but only senior All-American John Paul Fruttero lived to see another day as he advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Pac-10 Championships this afternoon, April 24, in Ojai.
After receiving a first round bye, Fruttero survived a three-set scare from #76 Pim Van Mele of Arizona State, but hung on to record an upset victory, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2, and a date in tomorrow's quarterfinal action. His opponent, Washington's #27 Matt Hanlin defeated Stanford's James Pade to advance to tomorrow's 8 a.m. matchup with Fruttero.
Teammates #40 Conor Niland, #48 Robert Kowalczyk and Or Dekel all completed first round victories, only to be ousted in the Round of 16. UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli pulled out a 6-3, 6-3 upset victory over Niland, #56 Scott Lipsky of Stanford downed Dekel and #12 David Martin of Stanford survived a three-set scare from Kowalczyk.
Cal entered eight players into the invitational draw, only to see half of them advance to see another day. A first round bye for #110 Balazs Veress was just what the doctor ordered as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Oregon's Jason Menke in the Round of 16. Veress will face UCLA's Alberto Francis at 8:00 a.m. on Friday in the quarterfinals. Senior Steve Berke also received a first round bye, but faced a stiffer challenge in the Round of 16. Arizona's Daniel Andrus forced Berke to a third set, but the All-American Berke persevered with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 decision to see another day. Berke will challenge Chris Surapol of UCLA at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.
Sophomore Mik Ledvonova continued his successful season with a pair of victories as well. He blew out Arizona's Chris Gessner, 6-0, 6-1, in the Round of 32, and took care of UCLA's Aaron Yovan, 6-4, 6-3, in the Round of 16. He will face Stanford's Phil Sheng at 8:00 a.m. on Friday. Junior Wayne Wong took advantage of UCLA's Travis Kinard's first round marathon 6-7 (11-9), 7-6, 7-5 victory and outlasted him with a 6-3, 6-2 decision to advance to the quarterfinals. Wong will tangle with #114 Lassi Ketola of UCLA at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.
Quarterfinal singles play will commence Friday, April 25 at 8:00 a.m. while doubles competition will begin at 11:00 a.m.
In the first two rounds, the Bears record vs. the Pac-10 is as follows: 2-3 vs. UCLA, 0-1 vs. USC, 0-2 vs. Stanford, 0-1 vs. Washington, 3-0 vs. Oregon, 3-0 vs. Arizona and 2-0 vs. Arizona State.
COMPLETE CALIFORNIA RESULTS:
SINGLES: MAIN DRAWRound of 32 -- Thursday, April 24, 2003John Paul Fruttero (Cal) v. bye#40 Conor Niland (Cal) d. Chris Stewart (ASU), 6-1, 6-1Or Dekel (Cal) d. Oded Tieg (OR), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2#48 Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) d. Paul Warkentin (AZ), 6-3, 6-3Round of 16 - Thursday, April 24, 2003John Paul Fruttero d. #76 Pim Van Mele (ASU), 7-6, 2-6, 6-2Rodrigo Grilli (UCLA) d. #40 Conor Niland (Cal), 6-3, 6-3#56 Scott Lipsky (STAN) d. Or Dekel (Cal), 6-4, 6-4#12 David Martin (STAN) d. #48 Robert Kowalczyk (Cal), 3-6, 6-2, 7-5Quarterfinals - Friday, April 25, 2003John Paul Fruttero (Cal) v. #27 Matt Hanlin (UW), 8:00 a.m.
SINGLES: INVITATIONAL DRAWRound of 32 Invitational - Thursday, April 24, 2003#110 Balazs Veress (Cal) v. byeAlberto Francis (UCLA) d. Dean Wallace (Cal), 6-1, 7-6(2)Chris Surapol (UCLA) d. Jeff King (Cal), 6-2, 6-4Steve Berke (Cal) v. byeParker Collins (USC) d. Kevin Patrick (Cal), 6-2, 6-1Mik Ledvonova (Cal) d. Chris Gessner (AZ), 6-0, 6-1Wayne Wong (Cal) d. Chris King (OR), 6-2, 6-1Peter Scharler (UW) d. Patrick Briuad (Cal), 6-3, 6-3Round of 16 Invitational - Thursday, April 24, 2003#110 Balazs Veress (Cal) d. Jason Menke (UO), 6-3, 6-2Steve Berke (Cal) d. Daniel Andrus (AZ), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2Mik Ledvonova (Cal) d. Aaron Yovan (UCLA), 6-4, 6-3Wayne Wong (Cal) d. Travis Kinard (UCLA), 6-3, 6-2Quarterfinals Invitational - Friday, April 25, 2003#110 Balazs Veress (Cal) v. Alberto Francis (UCLA), 8:00 a.m.Mik Ledvonova (Cal) v. Phil Sheng (STAN), 8:00 a.m.Steve Berke (Cal) v. Chris Surapol (UCLA), 8:00 a.m.Wayne Wong (Cal) v. #114 Lassi Ketola (UCLA), 8:00 a.m.
DOUBLES: MAIN DRAWRound of 16 - Friday, April 25, 2003#7 Berke/Kowalczyk (Cal) v. Bieri/Kost (UO), 12:30 p.m.Briaud/Fruttero (Cal) v. Swinnen/Tieg (UO), 11:00 a.m.
DOUBLES: INVITATIONAL DRAWRound of 16 Invitational - Friday, April 25, 2003Niland/Veress (Cal) v. byeDekel/Wong (Cal) v. Andrus/Mullane (AZ), 11:00 a.m.