Wong and Veress Fall in Singles Competition at NCAA Championships

May 26, 2004

TULSA, Okla. - Cal seniors Wayne Wong and Balazs Veress both lost today in singles competition in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Wong, who had the unenviable task of taking on Tulsa's Dustin Taylor on his own home court, lost 6-3, 6-2. Wong ends his season with a 20-15 overall record in singles competition. He ends his Cal career with a 60-38 overall singles record.

Veress, who stepped in for Texas A&M's Ante Matijevic as the No. 6 alternate, was defeated by Tulane's Michael Kogan, 7-6, 6-0. Kogan was selected as one of the No. 9-16 seeds in singles. Matijevic was unable to compete due to a shoulder injury.

Although eliminated in the singles championship, Veress will have the opportunity to compete for the doubles title alongside Patrick Briaud when doubles competition begins tomorrow. Cal's All-America doubles team of Veress and Briaud will play Clemson's Jarmaine Jenkins and Nathan Thompson in the first round. The tandem 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.

California Men's Tennis Results2004 NCAA Men's ChampionshipsMichael D. Case Tennis CenterTulsa, Okla.

SinglesFirst Round - May 26, 2004Dustin Taylor (Tulsa) def. Wayne Wong (Cal) - 6-3, 6-2(9-16) Michael Kogan (Tulane) def. Balazs Veress (Cal) - 7-6, 6-0

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