Wong and Doubles Team of Veress/Briaud Ready to Make Noise at NCAA Championships

May 25, 2004

TULSA, Okla. - The singles and doubles draws for the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, hosted by the University of Tulsa, have been announced. Singles competition will begin tomorrow with Cal senior Wayne Wong taking on Tulsa's Dustin Taylor in a first-round match at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Wong, currently ranked No. 56 in the nation, is 20-14 overall this season in singles competition. Three of his last five victories have come against two of the Top 20 players in the country (Stanford's No. 8 Sam Warburg once and USC's No. 19 Adriano Biasella twice).

Doubles competition will commence on Thursday, with Cal's All-America doubles team of Balazs Veress and Patrick Briaud playing Clemson's Jarmaine Jenkins and Nathan Thompson in the first round. The doubles team of Veress and Briaud, selected as one of the 5-8 seeds, is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation and has compiled a 21-11 overall record. Veress and Briaud were named the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Doubles Team of the Year, sharing the honor with UCLA's Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta.

The Golden Bears have won nine NCAA doubles championships - the All-America doubles team of Matt Lucena and Bent-Ove Pedersen won the last one in 1991.

For updated results on the 120th-annual NCAA Men's Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa, please visit www.tulsahurricane.com.

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