Men's Tennis Compete at Wilson/ITA Regional
Oct. 18, 2005
ON THE COURT FIRST: The California Men's Tennis team will travel to Santa Clara, Calif., to compete in the Wilson/ITA Regionals. The Golden Bears wrapped up the ITA Polo Ralph Lauren/ All-American tournament on Oct. 3-6 in Tulsa, Okla., and the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara on Oct. 3-9.
A LOOK AT THE TOURNAMENT: The Wilson/ITA Regional is hosted by Santa Clara University. The tournament includes nine sites scattered regionally throughout the United States. The tournament will host some of the prime competition in men's collegiate tennis.
A LOOK AT THE ITA POLO RAPLH LAUREN/ ALL AMERICAN: Senior Lennart Maack, juniors Daniel Sebescen and Tyler Browne traveled to the Polo/ITA All-American. Singles and doubles qualifying rounds too place on Oct. 3-5. Browne advanced to the third round of singles qualifying before falling to Arkansas' Adrians Zguns in three sets. Maack and Sebescen fell in opening round singles action. Maack entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed. Browne and Sebescen also teamed up for doubles play at the tournament. The pair advanced to the second round before falling.
LAST TIME ON THE COURT AT THE BRONCO INVIATIONAL: The Bears traveled to Santa Clara to compete in the Bronco Invitational on Oct. 7-9. The tournament hosted some of the best talent on the West Coast. Freshman Eoin Heavey went undefeated in singles, claiming the 'red singles' individual title. Freshman Tore Deleuran also had a successful run at the invitational earning the 'red singles consolation' title. Cal's two doubles teams, Eoin Heavy and Tore Deleuran and John Pettit and Ken Nakahara, went undefeated in action at the Bronco Invitational also both claiming doubles titles in their respective fields.
EXCELLENT EOIN: After only two tournaments into his collegiate career, freshman Eoin Heavey currently is 6-0 in singles competitions this fall. Heavey has competed at both the Napa Valley Tennis Classic and the Bronco Invitational, sweeping all six opponents he faced.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Freshmen Tore Deleuran-Skjold and Eoin Heavey have made an instant impact on the Cal men's tennis team in doubles. The duo has already collected five victories in their first two collegiate tournaments. Junior John Pettit and sophomore Ken Nakahara have also swept through their doubles competition in the first two tournaments of the fall. The pair boasts a 5-0 record.
BRILLIANT BROWNE: Junior Tyler Browne advanced into the third round of singles qualifying at the ITA Polo Ralph Lauren/ All-American tournament in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 5. Browne fell to Arkansas' Adrians Zguns. Browne lost the first set, before capturing the second set 6-3; but eventually falling in the third set 6-2 to Zguns. Browne was the only Bear to advance to the third round of qualifying.
Head Coach Peter Wright: Considered one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Peter Wright has developed a reputation for getting more out of his players than perhaps any coach in the country. Wright's coaching talent hasn't gone unnoticed in 1997 and 2001 he was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 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, which brings inner city children from Oakland to Berkeley for academic tutoring with Cal students and tennis tutoring with the Cal men's and women's teams. Wright is also currently the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee. He is assisted by Jun Hernandez, who enters his sixth season.