No. 19 Cal Hosts Santa Clara and Travels To No. 4 UCLA and No. 43 USC
Jan. 29, 2007
The No. 19 California men's tennis team concludes an opening three-match homestand tomorrow against Santa Clara at 1:30 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Center. Later in the week, the Golden Bears begin Pac-10 play when they head to Los Angeles to face fourth-ranked UCLA and No. 43 USC. Cal squares off against UCLA Friday afternoon and USC Saturday afternoon. Following the weekend matches in Los Angeles, the Bears head to Tulsa, Okla., and will square off against No. 12 Texas and No. 27 Tulsa.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
After starting the season 2-0, Santa Clara (2-1) lost its last match yesterday to No. 25 Boise State, 5-2. The Bruins are led by No. 5 Ben Kohlloeffel, the reigning NCAA singles champion. UCLA (3-0) opens the dual season with six consecutive home matches. The first three victories for the Bruins this season were all 7-0 sweeps. Before taking on the Bears, UCLA squares off against San Diego State tomorrow. USC (3-0) has accomplished the same feat as UCLA in winning its first three matches by the score of 7-0. The Trojans face Stanford on Friday afternoon before their match against Cal on Saturday.
BEARS WIN BOTH MATCHES IN DOUBLEHEADER:
Pierre Mouillon and senior Tyler Browne each picked up singles wins on the No. 1 court. Browne defeated UC Davis' Mike Chin, 6-2, 6-1, while Mouillon beat Joel Kusnierz of Saint Mary's, 6-4, 6-2. Junior Ken Nakahara, sophomores Eoin Heavey and Nicolai Horgen and freshman Kallim Stewart all picked up two wins on the day. There was no doubles competition in either of the two matches after nearly a three-hour delay to the start of the UC Davis match because of weather conditions.
KALLIM'S KICKING IT INTO GEAR:
Kallim Stewart carried his successful fall campaign over into the spring last weekend. After finishing the fall with a 7-5 record, the second best record among the Bears, Stewart picked up his first two dual-match wins of the spring season against UC Davis and Saint Mary's. Both of his victories were the match-clinching wins for Cal. Stewart was in a dogfight against Henri Landes of UC Davis. In the first set, the players traded games until Stewart pulled away at the end to win, 6-3. After Landes won the second set, 4-6, the Aggie held a 4-2 lead in the third set. Stewart won the next four games in a row to win the match. Later in the day, he knocked off Yury Platanov from Saint Mary's, 7-6, 6-2. He finished last season ranked the No. 1 junior in the United States. He advanced to the quarterfinals of both the ITA Northwest Regional and the Bronco Classic this fall.
After suffering an injury in the second tournament of the fall campaign, Tyler Browne looks to have a strong spring season as one of three senior leaders on the squad. Last season, he finished 9-1 in singles at home and 23-12 overall. On the second court, Browne collected an impressive 13-6 record. Daniel Sebescen posted a 10-6 singles record last season on the fourth court, including a five-match winning streak in doubles with John Pettit. Pettit finished this fall with a 5-2 doubles record with partner sophomore Geoff Chizever. The duo won its first four matches of the fall, including two victories against Stanford.
GREAT FALL FOR MOUILLON:
In three tournaments during the fall campaign, the highlight for Cal has been the performance of junior Pierre Mouillon. His 12 singles wins were the most for the Bears. He also advanced the furthest for Cal in the ITA Northwest Regional, (semifinals), and was the only Bear to advance past the first round in the All-American Championships qualifying bracket. Previous to the four wins he picked up in the regional and the six in the championships, Mouillon, a transfer from Mississippi State, also won two of his three matches in the Napa Valley Tennis Classic in Sept. One of Mouillon's losses this fall was to the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the All-American Championships.
A LOOK AT MOUILLON AND SEBESCEN'S DOUBLES TITLE:
After a slow start to the fall season, Daniel Sebescen and Pierre Mouillon racked up five wins in the ITA Northwest Regional to win the doubles tournament. Their title run culminated with an 8-3 victory over host Stanford's Blake Muller and Paul Morrissey. The closest match of the weekend for the Bears was their first-round contest with Gabriel Loredo and Hague Van Dillen of Sacramento State. The Hornets fell to the Cal duo, 8-6. Following the opening-round victory, Sebescen and Mouillon then defeated Kevin McQuaid and Blane Shield of Santa Clara, 8-3, in the round of 16. They followed that win with a pair of 8-5 victories over Michael Ricks and Patrick Fischer of Washington and Cal Poly's Matt Raca and Kyle Roybal to send them into the finals.
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. 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 114-year history of Cal tennis, Wright has compiled a 176-126 (.583) 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. This year, Wright and Cal held the inaugural Peter Wright tour, four tournaments during the fall at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Wright is also currently the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee. He is assisted by Morten Christensen, who returns to Cal after serving as assistant coach in the 1999-00 season, and Wayne Ferreira, who returns for his eighth year as a volunteer assistant coach.