Men's Tennis Loses at No. 4 California 5-2
Feb. 16, 2003
FRESNO, Calif. - Hector Almada upset his opponent at No. 1 singles, but fourth-ranked California won four of six singles matches in the Golden Bears' 5-2 win over Fresno State on Sunday at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley, Calif.
Almada's win came over 37th-ranked Balazs Veress by a score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The victory helped highlight the Bulldogs' second loss in two days, both against opponents currently ranked in the nation's top 10.
California (5-0) won two of the three doubles matches for an early 1-0 lead. But at No. 1, Almada teamed with Sergiu Modoc for an 8-5 win over Steve Berke and Robert Kowalczyk.
The Bears won three singles matches in straight sets. Fresno State (3-4) did pick up a victory at No. 6 from Andy Sinn, playing in his first collegiate singles dual match. He defeated Patrick Briaud 6-1, 6-4.
"Hector's win was just huge," said head coach Brad Dancer. "He really battled hard and fought it out. And for Andy Sinn to play like he did in his first singles match is very impressive. I thought as a whole our team played well against one of the top teams in the country."
Next up for the Bulldogs is a match against Loyola Marymount on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Wathen Tennis Center.
No. 4 California def. No. 61 Fresno State, 5-2