Sports in Brief: Men's Tennis Returns to Indoor Nationals

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The No. 11 Cal men's tennis team travels to Louisville, Ky. tomorrow for its first trip to the National Team Indoors since 1992.

The Bears (2-0) opened their spring season by taking a doubleheader last Saturday against St. Mary's and Santa Clara.

Bears coach Peter Wright was able to utilize the team's depth against the Gaels and Broncos. with 11 of Cal's 12 players seeing the court.

Sixteen teams will compete at the tournament, including Pac-10 rivals No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA and No. 12 USC. Cal has compiled a 20-15 record all-time and won the tournament in 1980 and 1989.

The Bears' first opponent will be No. 6 Illinois. The Illini (1-0) have made five appearances in the National Indoors and have a 10-7 record. Amer Delic reached the semifinals of last fall's ITA All-American championships.

Cal defeated Illinois in the teams' only other meeting in 1997.

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The Bears finished with a three-round total of 871 (19-over-par). Fresno State won the team competition, posting a 4-under 848. Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Arizona and New Mexico rounded out the top five.

Peter Tomasulo was Cal's top performer, finishing tied for fifth with a 4-under 209. OSU's Hunter Mahan won the individual title with a 203 (10-under-par). Nick Watney of FSU, USC's Kevin Stadler and Arizona's Ricky Barnes rounded out the top five.

The final result for Cal was disappointing because the Bears were tied for fifth after the first day of competition, but fell off the pace by shooting 16-over the final two rounds of the competition.

The Bears return to action Feb. 21-23 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Honolulu.


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