A talented player who has been one of the team’s most consistent winners over the years…teamed with John Paul Fruterro, entered fall ranked No. 9 in doubles…teamed with Balazs Veress, entered fall ranked No. 11 in doubles… received ITA All-American honors in doubles…known as a warrior on the court…FALL 2002: Swept through first two rounds of Napa Valley Tennis Classic before dropping a barn-burner to No. 25 Brian Wilson of Illinois, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-4…had perhaps the Bears biggest win of the fall, defeating No. 2 Amer Delic of Illionis in straight sets at Napa Valley Classic…advanced to second round of qualifying at ITA All-American Championships, besting LSU’s No. 68 Bryan Fisher, 6-3, 6-4…had a magnificent run at Omni Hotels Regional Championships, advancing to the Round of 16 by defeating Stanford’s James Pade, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5…in doubles, competed with Balazs Veress at All-American Championships, defeating duo of Levant and Magallan from Florida by an 8-5 mark…2001-02: With John Paul Fruttero, advanced to Round of 16 at NCAA Championships…pair finished 2002 ranked No. 9 in nation…rotated mostly at No. 4 and No. 5 singles…comeback 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 tiebreak victory over Stanford’s Sam Warburg clinched Cal’s victory over the Cardinal, its first since 1991…in Stanford rematch, was first off the court against Warburg, cruising to 6-2, 6-2 victory (4/10)…won 13 of 14 between 2/20 and 4/15, helping Bears to 12-3 record during that time…did not allow opponent a third set between 3/29 and 4/12…with Fruttero in doubles, advanced to semifinals at Pac-10 tournament by besting No. 16 Bowen/Klingler (ASU), 8-2…closed season strong, winning five of six matches before dropping 8-4 decision to No. 1 Rojer/Matkowski (UCLA)…played in all but four matches at No. 1 court…played Washington and Oregon matches with Wayne Wong, compiling 1-1 record…defeated Stanford’s second-ranked duo of Lipski/Martin 8-3 (4/10)…8-8 versus ranked tandems…opened season winning first three of four matches…2000-01: Rotated mostly between third, fourth and fifth courts during season, compiling 11-10 record in dual matches…his 11 dual wins tied for second on team and his 16 overall victories tied for third…his 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 12 Pepperdine’s Steve Raciopi helped propel Cal over higher-ranked Waves, keying Bears’ ranking jump from 26 to 21 in country…was hero of day against SMU, defeating his singles opponent by score of 7-5, 6-1 as well as teaming with Fruttero to win their doubles match, 9-7, leading Bears to tight 4-3 victory over No. 8 team…combined with Fruttero on most occasions in doubles, completing 10-3 record on second court, and 12-7 overall record…keyed NCAA win over Fresno State by defeating No. 35 ranked doubles combination of Fustar and Cooper, giving Cal momentum to win match 4-2, and advance to Round of 16…in fall, teamed with freshman Balazs Veress and sophomore Ben Miles to go 3-3 in doubles with wins over teams from Illinois and Stanford, among others … ended that fall with Miles ranked No. 46 by ITA …1999-2000: Compiled 15-13 record in singles, notching wins at No. 2 through No. 4 spots for Bears … went 5-2 from April 11 to May 13 … at No. 4 spot, notched wins over Alex Brown of Arizona, Ryan Evelhoff of Arizona State and Sebastien Graeff of Pepperdine … compiled 4-5 record at No. 3 spot and 6-4 record at No. 4 spot for Bears … in doubles, compiled 15-10 record with teammate Ben Miles at No. 2 and 3 spots … started off spring strong in doubles, establishing 8-3 record, including five consecutive wins over teams from Harvard, Arizona State, USC and Arizona … amassed 3-2 singles record in fall campaign … won his first collegiate match over Jevenji Carlove of Texas Tech 7-5, 6-2 in first round of singles pre-qualifying play at ITA All-American championships … advanced to third round of ITA Regional championships. PERSONAL/PREVIOUS: Two time National Clay Court champion … attained No. 3 national ranking in singles and No. 7 in doubles … No.1 ranked singles player in Florida in 1998 and was also named Florida Player of Year that same year…in 1997 and 1999, helped guide his high school team to second place at state championships while also winning two state doubles titles … also captured state singles title in 1999...full name is Robert Marek Kowalczyk … American studies major … hobbies include surfing and fishing … parents are Mark and Elizabeth Kowalczyk … father was professional bike racer … sister, Kathie, attends medical school in Poland...born Oct. 23, 1980 in Vero Beach, FL.
KOWALCZYK’S Career Record
Singles Doubles Dual Overall Dual Overall 1999-00 11-11 15-13 12-8 20-11 2000-01 11-10 17-16 12-8 17-13 2001-02 18-4 19-7 12-9 15-11 Fall ’02 0-0 5-3 0-0 1-4 Totals 40-25 56-39 36-25 53-39