March 13, 1999
BERKELEY - Injuries plagued the 22nd-ranked California men's tennis team in Saturday's match against visiting Fresno State at Hellman Tennis Center on the Berkeley campus. Sophomore Scott Kintz and freshman Chris Lewis both suffered injuries that forced them out of competition, as the beleaguered Bears were defeated, 6-1, by the Bulldogs. Cal falls to 6-4 while 26th-ranked Fresno State improves to 7-7.
Cal's woes began in doubles play, where Kintz sprained his ankle in the No. 2 match against Peter Luczak and David Mullins. Down 6-2 at the time of the injury, Kintz and his partner Erik Dmytruk were forced to retire the match. Unfortunately, Cal did not fare any better in the other two doubles matches. Chris Santoso and Adrian Barnes dropped the No. 1 match to Andy Scorteanu and Joe Gilbert, 8-3, and Fresno State's tandem of Nick Fustar and Olivier LeJeune defeated the Bears David Tzou and Andrey Vinogradsky, 8-3, in the third spot to give the Bulldogs the doubles point.
Originally slated to start in the No. 5 singles match, Lewis came down with a back injury. With No. 4 singles player Kintz already out, Cal coach Peter Wright was forced to drastically change his lineup, bumping No. 6 singles player Vinogradsky up to the fourth slot and inserting Tzou and Hiro Nakamura in the fifth and sixth spots. Vinogradsky fell in straight sets to Rob Cheyne, 6-2, 6-0, as did Tzou who lost the No. 5 match to Mullins, 6-2, 6-1. Nakamura jumped out to an early lead in the No. 6 match against Fustar, taking the first set 6-3, but eventually fell, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. The upper flight of the Bears singles lineup fared only marginally better. Santoso, currently ranked 92nd in the country, dropped the No. 1 match in straight sets to 59th-ranked Luczak, 6-4, 6-3. Dmytruk came into the competition ranked 56th in the nation, but was upset in the No. 3 match by Scorteanu, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4. The one bright spot in Cal's otherwise dismal afternoon was Barnes, who saved the Bears from suffering their first shutout of the year by upsetting 52nd-ranked LeJeune in straight sets, 6-5, 6-0.
Cal returns to dual match action two weeks from now, when they travel south to take on 17th-ranked Arizona State on Mar. 26 and Arizona on Mar. 27. March 13, 1999 College Men's Tennis No. 26 Fresno State at No. 22 California at Hellman Tennis Center
FINAL SCORE: Fresno State 6 California 1
SINGLES (One point for each match) No. 1 Peter Luczak (Fresno St.) def. Chris Santoso (Cal) 6-4, 6-3 No. 2 Adrian Barnes (Cal) def. Olivier LeJeune (Fresno St.) 6-5, 6-0 No. 3 Andy Scorteanu (Fresno St.) def. Erik Dmytruk (Cal) 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 No. 4 Rob Cheyne (Fresno St.) def. Andrey Vinogradsky (Cal) 6-2, 6-0 No. 5 David Mullins (Fresno St. def. David Tzou (Cal) 6-2, 6-1 No. 6 Nick Fustar (Fresno St.) def. Hiro Nakamura (Cal) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 DOUBLES (Fresno State wins doubles point, 3-0) No. 1 Scorteanu/Gilbert (Fresno St.) def. Barnes/Santoso (Cal) 8-3 No. 2 Luczak/Mullins (Fresno St.) def. Kintz/Dmytruk (Cal) 6-2, retired No. 3 Fustar/LeJeune (Fresno St.) def. Tzou/Vinogradsky (Cal) 8-3 -CAL-