No. 32 Cal Defeats No. 39 San Diego, 4-3

May 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES - The No. 32 California men's tennis team narrowly defeated No. 39 San Diego, 4-3, in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday. The match was not decided until the third and final set on court 5, when Cal freshman Jake Leivent defeated San Diego's Mirza Koristovic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. With the victory, Cal improves to 8-16 overall and advances to the regional championship versus No. 2-seeded USC on Sunday at 12 noon.

It was the first victory for the Golden Bears since they defeated No. 9 Stanford on April 6. With the loss, San Diego concludes its season at 13-8.

The match was close from the start as Cal's sixth-ranked doubles team of Patrick Briaud and Balazs Veress defeated San Diego's Jason Pongsrikul and Nic Beuque, 8-2, before the Toreros took the remaining two matches to claim the doubles point.

Down 1-0, the Bears entered singles play down a player as Cal's Daniel Sebescen pulled out of the lineup due to injury at the No. 3 spot and was replaced by Kuni Minato at No. 6. Things got worse for Cal when San Diego won two of the first three singles matches to stake a 3-1 advantage, but Cal's No. 56 Wayne Wong and No. 71 Balazs Veress won both of their matches on courts one and two respectively to even the score at three apiece.

The match and the season were left to be decided on court 5. Cal's Leivent won the first set, 6-4, and San Diego's Koristovic responded with a 6-3 win in the second set. Nearly four hours after the match began, Leivent eventually proved too tough as he won the final set, 6-2, to give Cal the victory.

Cal Men's Tennis ResultsFinal ScoreCalifornia 4, San Diego 3

Singles1. Wayne Wong (Cal) def. Pierrick Ysern (USD) - 6-4, 6-42. Balazs Veress (Cal) def. Robbie Blair (USD) - 1-6, 6-2, 6-23. Tyler Browne (Cal) def. Jason Pongsrikul (USD) - 7-6, 6-34. Nic Beuque (USD) def. Patrick Briaud (Cal) - 7-6, 6-35. Jake Leivent (Cal) def. Mirza Koristovic (USD) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-26. Jeff Das (USD) def. Kuni Minato (Cal) - 6-4, 6-1

Doubles1. Briaud / Veress (Cal) def. Pongsrikul / Beuque (USD) - 8-22. Blair / Koristovic (USD) def. Browne / Sebescen (Cal) - 9-73. Ysern / Oscar Plotnik (USD) def. Minato / John Pettit (Cal) - 8-4

Season RecordsCalifornia 8-16 overallSan Diego 13-8 overall

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