Cal Pairs Up Well in Kentucky, But is Singled Out at National Team Indoors

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The Cal men's tennis doubles teams played well at the National Team Indoors in Louisville, Ky. this weekend.

The Cal men's tennis doubles teams were the only ones that played well.

After dominating singles play last weekend against Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, No. 11 Cal struggled this weekend in a tournament that featured the top-12 teams in the country including Stanford, which won the tournament.

The Bears were swept in singles play during No. 6 Illinois' 4-1 victory Thursday.

On the second day of the tournament, Cal once again struggled-this time against Indiana State-losing 4-3. The Bears were only able to muster two wins in singles, losing the other four.

Meanwhile, Cal's doubles teams were very solid, winning four of the five doubles matches they played, taking both of the doubles points.

"I was pleasantly surprised with our doubles play," Cal coach Peter Wright said. "Unfortunately some of our other guys were just underperforming."

Cal's Balazs Veress finished the weekend losing both of his singles matches, including a loss to Brown's Jamie Cerretani, 6-4, 6-1. Cal defeated Brown on Saturday, 4-2, in its only win of the tournament.

"You could make a lot of excuses for it," Wright said of Cal's disappointing play in the tournament. "At the end of the day though, guys were just underperforming."

The Bears' Conor Niland also played poorly in the tournament, losing singles matches against Illinois and Indiana State.

"Balazs and Conor had an awful trip and I was disappointed with the outcome of their matches," Wright said.

While Veress and Niland struggled throughout the trip, some of Cal's players were able to finish the weekend well.

John Paul Fruttero began the tournament losing his doubles match against the Illini with partner Robert Kowalczyk, 9-8 (1). Fruttero then fell to Amer Delic, 7-6 (5), 7-5, in singles.

Still, Fruttero was able to bounce back during the next two days of the tourney, recording wins in doubles and singles against Indiana State and then a singles win against Brown.

Wayne Wong had a similar trip, losing his first singles match against Illinois, 6-4, 7-6 (6). Wong also lost his second match against Indiana State in a much closer match, 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4.

Wong bounced back though in the final day of the tournament, defeating Brown's Justin Natale in a promising match, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1.

"Fruttero and Wong started to play well at the end of the trip," Wright said. "But we were struggling a fair amount, even with the play of those guys."

The Bears seemed to fail most in tie breakers, losing eight of the 10 in doubles and singles play.

"We struggled a little bit in the tie breakers," Wright said. "I don't know the reason for it, maybe there's not a reason for it."

Cal will get a chance to get back on track when it faces Fresno State Friday at Hellman Tennis Courts at 1:30 p.m.


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