No. 17 California Men's Tennis Host Fresno State
Feb. 7, 2006
The California Golden Bears will host Fresno State this weekend at Hellman Tennis Center. The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (PST) start. Last weekend, the Bears opened up the Pac-10 season, hosting the Los Angeles schools. Cal split the matches, losing to UCLA on Friday, 6-1, and defeating USC, 5-2, on Saturday.
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE:
Fresno State will come to Berkeley with a 5-0 record on the line as the Bulldogs face the Bears. On Sunday, Feb. 5, the Bulldogs defeated Santa Clara, 5-2. The doubles team of seniors Sam Gibbs and Sergiu Modoc improved to 5-0 with a convincing 8-3 win over Santa Clara's Macek and Rassmussen. Fresno State is led in singles by junior Jakub Cech, who boasts a 4-0 record.
The Bears moved up the rankings from No. 19 to No. 17 in the first Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released Tuesday, Jan. 31, by the ITA. Two Golden Bears are still ranked in the individual poll - junior Tyler Browne was ranked No. 55 and Daniel Sebescen was ranked No. 79. The individual poll will be released again on Feb. 20.
CONSTANT CONOR:Senior Conor Niland boasts a 4-0 record in singles matches. This is Niland's career-best season-opening record in the first position. Against UCLA, Niland recorded an upset victory of No. 3 Benjamin Kohlloeffel, 6-3, 6-2. Last season, Niland recorded his only victory over a ranked player when he defeated then-No. 18 Arizona's Roger Matalonga in two sets, 6-0, 6-4.
THREE BIG MAACKS:
Senior Lennart Maack took both of his singles opponents in the second position this weekend into three sets. He was the only Bear to do so in both matches. Maack, in both matches, won the second set against both his opponents but lost the third set.
In the first four dual matches of the season, California has a 4-7 overall record and a 0-6 record in doubles matches. The duos of senior Conor Niland/ freshman Eoin Heavey and senior Dean Wallce/junior Tyler Browne have recorded a win in the No. 1 position. The Bears Pac-10 action 0-6 this weekend in doubles against the LA schools.
PRETTY NICE PETTIT:
In both singles matches junior John Pettit has played in the sixth position, he's been undefeated. Pettit took care of Santa Clara's Tommy Hicks, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and this weekend defeated USC's Jeff Kazarian in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
LAST WEEKEND AGAINST UCLA:
The California men's tennis team opened its Pac-10 play on Friday against the defending national champions, the UCLA Bruins. The Golden Bears did not have enough power to get past them, as they fell to UCLA 6-1. Senior Conor Niland defeated the third-ranked player in the No. 1 position, the Bears' only victory. Over Bruin junior Benjamin Kohlloeffel. Niland easily defeated Kohlloeffel in two sets, 6-3, 6-2. However, the other five Bears did not fair as well. Sophomore Ken Nakahara fell, 7-5, 6-4, to UCLA's junior Chris Surapol. Junior Daniel Sebescen was defeated in the fourth position by freshman Adam Draper, 6-2, 6-3. In the second position, senior Lennart Maack fell to freshman Haythem Abid, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. UCLA's Jeremy Drean got the best of freshman Eoin Heavey, 7-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the sixth position. In the final match of the day, junior Tyler Browne was defeated by Mathieu Dehaine, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. However, on the doubles side the Bears were not as lucky as they dropped all three matches. After starting the dual season off 1-0, Niland and Heavey dropped the match to Kohlloeffel and junior Philipp Gruendler, 8-2. Surapol and Abid defeated senior Dean Wallace and Browne in the No. 2 doubles position, 8-4. Dehaine and junior Aaron Yovan outlasted Sebescen and Maack, 8-6.
LAST WEEKEND AGAINST USC:
The California men's tennis team bounced back from its Friday loss to No. 4 UCLA to defeat the No. 18 USC Trojans on Saturday, in Berkeley at the Hellman Tennis Center. The Bears won four singles matches in two sets, and added a singles victory and dropped a decision in three sets. Cal did however, lose all three doubles matches. In singles, senior Conor Niland expanded his dual match winning streak to four in the No. 1 position, with a victory over USC's sophomore Dejan Cvetkovic in two sets (6-2; 6-3). Cal sophomore Ken Nakahara also landed a win, after he beat freshman Chong Wang, 6-0; 6-2. In the third position, junior Tyler Browne defeated USC sophomore Adam Loucks in two sets 6-4, 6-1. Junior Daniel Sebescen sealed the Bears victory by defeating Garrett Snyder in the fourth position, 6-3, 6-2. Two Bears went into the third set attempting to pick up a win. In the sixth position Cal junior John Pettit outlasted senior Jeff Kazarian. Pettit defeated him in the final two sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Senior Lennart Maack did not have the same success as Pettit had in the third set. Maack fell 6-4; 6-3; 7-5 to sophomore Kaes Van't Hoff. Cal continued to struggle in doubles on Saturday. Browne and senior Dean Wallace played in the first position, but fell to junior Jamil Al-Agba and Cvetkovic, 8-4. USC's Loucks and Synder defeated Maack and Sebescen in the second position, 8-2. In the third position, Niland and Nakahara were beaten by Van't Hof and Kazarian, 8-4.
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 Advantage 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 Patrick Briaud, who enters his first season.
California will travel to Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 18. The match will begin at 1 p.m. (PST) in Stanford, Calif.