MORAGA - Fifth-seeded Cal senior Balazs Veress defeated No. 4-seed Scott Lipinsky of Stanford 7-6, 6-3, in a quarterfinal match of the 2002 Omni Hotels ITA Northwest Regional to advance to the semifinals of the main draw. Veress will face No. 2 Alex Vlaski of Washington in the semifinals.
All in all, three Bears advanced to the quarterfinals, more than any other school in the tournament. Within the quarterfinal draw, only three schools were represented, Cal, Stanford and Washington - all belonging to the Pac-10. Besides Veress, No. 6-seed Conor Niland defeated No. 9-16-seed Sam Warburg of Stanford in the Round of 16 before losing to No. 3 Matt Hanlin of Washington, 7-6(5), 6-1 in the quarters. The third Bear, No. 9-seed Wayne Wong upset No. 8-seed Peter Malacek of Portland before running into the top-seeded David Martin of Stanford 6-3, 6-3, in the quarterfinal bracket.
In earlier singles action, No. 9-16-seed Robert Kowalczyk fell in the Round of 16.
In the back draw, seniors Jeff King and Kevin Patrick both advanced to the fourth round with third round wins over Cal Poly and Nevada-Reno, respectively.