The No. 26 Men's Tennis Team Travels to Fort Worth, Texas

March 22, 2006

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The No. 26 California Golden Bears men's tennis team will return home on Wednesday, March 22 to host British University, a traveling team from England. On Sunday, March 26, the Bears will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to face No. 2 Pepperdine and host No. 32 TCU on Monday, March 27. Last weekend, Cal defeated SMU 4-3 on Saturday and swept USF 7-0 on Sunday afternoon.

The No. 2 Pepperdine Waves are fashioning an 18-1 record entering this week's matches. The Waves will face Washington at home, before traveling to Fort Worth to face the Horned Frogs and then finally the Bears on Monday. Pepperdine is led by senior No. 4 Scott Doerner. The Australia native is 16-4, with two losses coming this year at the hands of UCLA's Benhamin Kohlloeffel. Currently, Doerner and sophomore Andre Begman sport a No. 1 ranking. The duo is 18-2 on the season.

The Horned Frogs of TCU enter this week with a 6-4 record, after coming off a loss to No. 6 Baylor on March 7. TCU is led by their sophomore Andrei Mlenddea. In the match against Baylor, Mlenddea recorded his biggest win of his career with his upset victory over Lars Poerschke in the first position singles.

The Bears are No. 26 in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released Tuesday, March 21, by the ITA. Senior Conor Niland and Junior Tyler Browne are the only Golden Bears ranked in the individual poll. Niland is No. 11 and Browne is No. 122. In doubles Niland and Browne rank No. 58. The individual poll will be released again on April 4.

No. 11 senior Conor Niland boasts an 11-0 record in singles matches. This past weekend Niland continued his streak defeating Matt Berry of USF on Sunday in two sets, 6-0, 6-1 and on Saturday beat SMU's Peter Ordesson, 6-1, 604. He also recorded a victory over Arizona's then-No. 42 Roger Mataloga, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. Niland defeated fourth-ranked Lars Poerschke of Baylor, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, and had already posted an upset win over UCLA's then-No. 3 Benjamin Kohlloeffel, 6-3, 6-2. The Limerick, Ireland, native has been named men's tennis Pac-10 Player of the Week twice so far this season.

At first position doubles, the Bears seem to have their best match. Senior Conor Niland and junior Tyler Browne have teamed up. The duo has already posted an upset victory over the then sixth-ranked Baylor duo of Matija Zgaga and Jon Reckewey, 8-4, on route to a No. 42 ranking by the ITA. The pair suffered their first lost this season to Arizona's Claudio Christen and Jeff Groslimond, 8-5. Niland and Browne are 4-1 on the season, after picking two wins up this weekend against SMU and USF.

Junior Daniel Sebescen has posted a 6-1 record this season in the fifth position. The Yugoslavia native's only loss came at the hands of UCLA's Philipp Gruendler, 6-2, 6-3. Sebescen is currently on a five-match winning streak and has notched several match clinching victories.

Against USF, No. 122 Tyler Browne recorded his sixth victory in the second position. Browne defeated Falko Huettenberger in two sets, 6-3, 6-0. Browne is on a three-match winning streak, with his last loss coming against Arizona's Jeff Groslimond, 6-4, 6-4.

The No. 28 California men's tennis team (8-3, 3-2 Pac-10) rebounded after losing the doubles point to defeat four SMU players in singles to sneak by with a 4-3 victory in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Saturday morning. No. 16 senior Conor Niland continued his success in the first position of singles as he defeated Peter Ordesson in two sets, 6-1, 6-4. Niland improves to 10-0 on the season in singles. No. 105 junior Tyler Browne beat Fedrico Murgier in two sets, 6-3, 6-3 in the second position. In the fourth position, junior Daniel Sebescen defeated Henrik Soderberg in two sets, 6-4, 6-3. Sophomore Ken Nakahara improved to 3-0 in the sixth position with his win over Oivind Alver in two sets, 6-1, 6-1. Senior Lennart Maack two sets went into tiebreakers in the second position. Maack however fell to Alex Skrypko, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (15). Freshman Eoin Heavey also fell in three sets to David Kuczer, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the fifth position. The No. 42 duo of Niland and Browne defeated Skrypko and Kuczer in the first position, 8-5. In the second position, Heavey and Sebescen fell to Ordesson and Alver, 8-4. Murgier and Soderberg also got the best of Maack and senior Dean Wallace in the third position, defeating them, 8-2.

The No. 28 California men's tennis team (9-3, 3-2 Pac-10) swept USF on Sunday afternoon, 7-0 in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Sunday afternoon. No. 16 senior Conor Niland expanded his record to 11-0 in the first position of singles as he defeated Matt Berry in two sets, 6-0, 6-1. No. 105 junior Tyler Browne beat Falko Huettenberger in two sets, 6-3, 6-0 in the second position. In the fourth Senior Lennart Maack picked up a victory over Korbinian Kramer in the third position, 6-0, 7-5. In the fourth position, junior Daniel Sebescen defeated Fernando Rodriguez in two sets, 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Ken Nakahara improved to 3-2 in the fifth position with his win over Thong Tu in two sets, 6-4, 6-2. Senior Dean Wallace secured his second win in the sixth position with his win over Mitch Del Rosario, 6-2, 6-3. The No. 42 duo of Niland and Browne defeated Berry and Kramer in the first position, 8-4. In the second position, Maack and Walalce fell to Del Rosario and Rodriguez, 8-7. Junior John Pettit and Sebescen beat Tu and Huettenberger, 8-6 in the third position.

On the 2005-06 men's tennis roster, the Golden Bears host seven athletes from a different country other than the United States. Two are from Ireland, senior Conor Niland and freshman Eoin Heavey. Seniors Dean Wallace hails from Manila, Philippines, and Lennart Maack is from Germany. Junior Daniel Sebescen is from Yugoslavia. Sophomore Ken Nakahara hails from Japan. Sophomore Vaclav Burger is from Czech Republic.

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.

The Bears will come home to host Washington on Friday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. and host Oregon on Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m.

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