||Saturday, September 19, 1981
2004-05: Finished the season ranked No. 12 in the nation … Recorded wins in both of the Bears first and second round NCAA Championships matches … Tallied three-consecutive wins to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Championships singles main draw … Upset No. 5 Patrick Ysern of San Diego on Feb. 5, 6-1; 6-7; 6-3 … Straight-set win over No. 9 Luben Pampoulov in Cal’s upset victory over the Bruins (4/9) … In doubles play with partner Patrick Briaud, clinched the doubles point on court one en route to upsetting USC (4/9) … Entered the fall as the No. 17 ranked singles player in the nation … Compiled six victories and three losses during singles play in the fall, four of those wins coming over ranked opponents … Notched two wins at Cal’s Napa Valley Tennis Classic, defeating Georgia’s No. 89 Matic Omerzel and No. 50 Chris Martin of Illinois … Advanced to the Round of 16 at the IcyHot/ITA Men’s All-American Championships, knocking-off No. 27 Nathan Thompson of Clemson, 6-3; 6-3, and No. 73 Fabrizio Sestini of TCU, 6-0; 7-6(4) … Also advanced to the round of 16 in the ITA West-North Regional Championships … Ends the fall as the No. 8 singles player in the West Region ... Entered the fall as the 18th ranked doubles team in the country, along with partner Patrick Briaud … Posted a 6-4 tournament doubles record … Upset Virginia’s No. 6 duo of Rylan Rizza and Antonio Ruiz, 8-3, at the Icy Hot/ITA Men’s All-American Championships, advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament … Strung together four consecutive victories, defeating teams from Washington, Santa Clara, USF and Oregon, to advance to the finals of the ITA West-North Regional Championships, before falling to the No. 1 Stanford team of Sam Warburg and KC Corkery, 8-2 … Ended the fall as the No. 6 doubles team in the West Region.
2003-04: Redshirted the spring … Entered the fall ranked No. 25 nationally by the ITA … Certified himself as the Bears No. 1 player by posting a 12-4 mark, including 10 wins in a row … Won the ITA All-American Consolation Championship in mid October, then finished the month off by becoming the ITA Northwest Regional Champion.
2002-03: Finished the season rated No. 36 nationally after leading the team in victories (27) … Earned first team All Pac-10 honors for his efforts … After stumbling slightly out of the gate in 2003 going 1-3, Niland quickly improved, winning 11 of his next 12 matches and continued from there to coast to one of the better records in the conference … In dual matches Niland was outstanding going 19-6, winning 7of 9 in court No. 1 and 11 of 15 in court No. 2 … In doubles action Niland tallied a combined record of 18-12, forging his talents with five different partners throughout the season … He was most successful with Balazs Veress and Patrick Briaud as his partner, owning a winning percentage of .667 with each … Entered the fall ranked No. 49 by ITA in singles …Had a stellar fall performance, compiling a 6-2 record over two events … Started off with wins over No. 50 Saber Kadiri of Virginia Tech and No. 26 Zoltan Papp of Baylor in main draw of ITA All-American Championships, advancing to the quarterfinals … Advanced to quarterfinals of Omni Hotels Regional Championships, beating Stanford’s Sam Warburg 7-6(5); 6-1 … Competed with sophomore Patrick Briaud at Omni Hotels Regional Championships where the pair advanced to the quarterfinals with win over Phil Sheng and Jon Wong of Stanford.
2001-02: Finished 2002 with No. 84 national ranking … In first season with squad, held down No. 3 court for Bears, compiling a 7-3 record there … Also went undefeated at court two (3-0) … Won seven straight matches between 2/26 and 4/10 … Did not lose a match the entire month of March … Season highlight came with big win over UCLA’s No. 22 Marcin Matkowski (7-6; 2-6; 7-5) … Got first-ever dual-match victory in 6-1; 6-0 win over St. Mary’s Aturo Planell at second court … Became a fixture in doubles early, playing mostly with Chase Exon … Pair reeled off four straight wins between 3/26 and 4/6, helping Cal to 4-1 record during that run … Joined Ben Miles late in the season … Pair won three of five matches played together … Big win came over No. 29 Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola of UCLA, 9-7 … Won his first-ever intercollegiate event, defeating Alex Zharinov of Minnesota by 7-6(0), 6-2, score at Napa Valley Tennis Challenge … Advanced to third round of Omni Hotels Northwest Regional Championships by defeating Nick Weiss of Washington by 6-2, 6-1 mark … In doubles, competed with fellow newcomer Chase Exon at Napa Valley Tennis Challenge, defeating duo of Robertson and Stephens from Minnesota by 9-8 mark.
Previous Experience: Spent year playing on ATP circuit … Captained his high school to British National Schools Title, where he never lost a singles or doubles match … Unbeaten in his final two years of high school tennis … Competed for Irish Davis Cup Team, European Cup Team and numerous junior Irish cups
Personal: Born Sept. 19, 1981, in Birmingham, England … Son of Pat and Ray Niland … Sister Gina ranked #350 on WTA tour … Brother Ross competed at Junior French Open … Brother Ray plays rugby … Lists soccer among his hobbies … English major.
NILAND’S Career Record
Dual Overall Dual Overall
2001-02 14-7 17-11 9-5 10-8
2002-03 19-6 27-12 13-8 18-12
2003-04 0-0 12-4 0-0 3-2
2004-05 14-8 24-13 10-8 18-13
Fall 2005 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Totals 47-21 80-40 32-21 49-35