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Stanford tennis avoids The Big Sweep by beating Cal

Thursday April 11, 2002

Daily Planet Wire Services 


No. 17 Cal almost swept No. 6 Stanford for the first time in 40 years Wednesday afternoon but instead lost a 4-3 decision at the Hellman Tennis Center in front of about 400 fans. The Golden Bears fell to 14-5 overall (2-1 Pac-10), while the Cardinal improved to 17-2 (3-0).  

In February, the Golden Bears ended the Cardinal's 75-match home winning streak with a 4-3 win. The decisive point came from a three-set win by John Paul Fruttero on the No. 1 singles court.  

No. 22 Fruttero played Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel at No. 1 singles for a second time today, but the fourth-ranked Hippensteel battled back for a three-set victory. Fruttero led 4-2 in the third set before losing the match, 7-6, 2-6, 4-6.  

Cal's three points came from wins on the Nos. 4 through 6 courts, including three-set wins from Wayne Wong and Mik Ledvonova. Stanford took the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches.