Men's Tennis: Conference Tourney Provides No Rest For Weary

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In the race to an NCAA Championship, the Cal men's tennis team proved not to be the slow and methodical tortoise that wins at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., over the weekend.

Instead, the Bears were the exhausted and exasperated hare as they were unable to advance any team further than the Final Four of the men's doubles.

After three matches in six days last week, the Bears came into the Championships possibly a bit tired.

"It wasn't a great week for any of us," Balazs Veress said. "We could've done better."

Veress along with doubles partner Patrick Briaud defeated Washington State's Christolf Palmanshofer and Peter Schaeler in an extended 9-7 finish, but eventually fell to USC's Prakash Amritraj and Daniel Langue in the invitational doubles draw.

As for Cal captain John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk, they were able to handily defeat Washington's Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby 8-2, but ran out of steam in the men's doubles Final Four, losing to Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA, 9-8 (5).

In singles, Cal failed to do much of anything, as Fruttero, Kowalczyk and Conor Niland all advanced to the second round and lost. Niland withdrew from his match, trailing in the second set and already down one set, because of a stomach ailment.

Briaud, Chase Exon, and Ben Miles all lost in the invitational round of 16.

Rodrigo Grilli of UCLA won the men's Pac-10 singles, defeating Alex Vlaski of Washington, 6-4, 6-3, to take the crown.

In doubles, Matkowski and Rojer defeated Scott Lipsky and David Martin of Stanford.

So while the team may have been tired for the Championships, it will have more than a week of rest before the NCAA Regionals begin in Berkeley May 11.


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