No. 29 California Opens Pac-10 Conference Play on the Road
March 23, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 29 Golden Bears (6-7 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) head north to open Pac-10 Conference play against No. 73 Oregon on Friday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Student Tennis Center. Cal then travels to Seattle to face No. 19 Washington on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. at Bill Quillian Stadium.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon (7-8 overall), returning home after a six-match road trip, has lost five of their last seven. The Ducks will be looking to senior No. 22 Sven Swinnen, 19-3 overall and 12-0 in dual matches, to lead the way ... Washington finished its non-conference schedule an impressive 12-3. The Huskies are led by a trio of seniors: Alex Vlaski, Christop Palmoshofer and Peter Scharler, who are a combined 33-7 in dual matches.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: On Sunday, March 20, the Bears convincingly defeated No. 44 SMU, 6-1, at the Mustang's Haggar Tennis Stadium. Cal opened play by grabbing the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The No. 23 duo of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland defeated Paul McNaughton and Federico Murgier, 8-4. The doubles point was clinched on court three, where Lennart Maack and Dean Wallace defeated David Kuezer and Gwinyai Chingoka, 8-4. Cal went on to win five of six singles matches. No. 27 Niland outlasted McNaughton on court one, 6-3; 1-6; 7-6 (11-9). Junior transfer Maack picked up a win on court two, where he beat Murgier in straight sets, 6-2; 6-4. Senior captain Briaud was victorious on court three, defeating Chingoka, 6-3; 6-2. Sophomore Daniel Sebescen netted a win for the Bears on court four, beating Peter Oredsson, 7-5; 2-6 (10-6). Freshman Ken Nakahara came away with a win in straight sets over Adolfo Solares, 6-3; 6-4, on court six...The Bears had a tougher time when they came up against No. 1 Baylor on Monday, March 21, losing 6-1. Cal began the match well, capturing the doubles point by winning two of three matches. Briaud and Niland upset No. 12 Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga on court one, 8-4. Maack and Wallace teamed up to clinch the doubles point on court three, where they edged Benjamin Becker and Jon Reckewey, 8-6. Cal couldn't maintain the momentum in singles play, however, dropping all six matches to a Baylor lineup that features three players ranked in the top 40.
FALL 2004: The Bears participated in four tournaments this fall, racking up several impressive wins. The doubles team of Briaud and Niland (No. 30 in the nation) advanced to the finals of the Wilson/ITA West Regional Championships before falling to Stanford's No. 1 duo...junior transfer Lennart Maack reached the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championships, upsetting Stanford's then-No. 3 Corkery in the quarterfinals...Briaud and Niland recorded another upset at the All-American Championships, defeating No. 19 Rylan Rizza and Nick Meythaler of Virginia, 8-3.
Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released April 5, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings March 22, 2005):SinglesConor Niland - No. 19 (national) No. 8 (west region)Lennart Maack - No. 59 (national)Daniel Sebescen - No. 27 (west region)DoublesBriaud & Niland - No. 11 (national) No. 8 (west region)
Head Coach Peter Wright: Considered one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Peter Wright's coaching talent hasn't gone unnoticed. Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2001 and 1997, he received his first coaching award in 1994 when he was named Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year. Wright and the Bears have been a fixture in the NCAA Tournament almost every year since. The ninth coach in the 110-year history of Cal tennis, Wright has compiled a 149-110 (.576) career record during his tenure in Berkeley. Wright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as well as the Youth Tennis Advantange and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Foundation of the Bay Area. He established the Bear Trax program at Cal and is also currently the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee.
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