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Cal men advance to round of 16 playoff

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday May 14, 2001

PROVO, UTAH - In the final match of men's regional tennis action at BYU, No. 1 seed Cal defeated No. 2 seeded Fresno State, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts. 

California (16-8) started the match by winning an exciting doubles point. Fresno State's Peter Luczak and David Mullins defeated Scott Kintz and Adrian Barnes at the top spot, while Berkeley's Ben Miles and Balazs Veress won at the No. 3 spot. With doubles tied, 1-1, Cal's John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk defeated Nick Fustar and Sean Cooper, 8-6 to take the point at the No. 2 court.  

"It really was the doubles point. The key was number two doubles," said Cal head coach Peter Wright. "It was exciting and it gave us momentum going into singles."  

In singles, Cal won at the No. 2 and 5 spots, while Fresno State won at the No. 1 and 3 courts, bringing the score to 3-2. The match was decided at the No. 6 spot, where Cal's Ben Miles defeated Alex Krohn, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, to give the Golden Bears the victory.  

"We had a great performance today from our singles, we fought so hard the whole way," said Wright. "Our seniors really came out and played great today to lead us to the victory."  

With the win, Cal advances to the Round of 16, held in Athens, Georgia on May 18-29.