No. 16 Cal Closes Home Slate vs. Utah, Arizona
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/08/2013

April 8, 2013

Friday, April 12
1:30 p.m. - No. 16 Cal (10-8, 2-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 73 Utah (11-9, 1-3 Pac-12)
Hellman Tennis Complex - Berkeley
Last Time vs. Utah: W, 6-1 (3/30/12 in Salt Lake City)
Coverage: Live Video Stream, Twitter: @CalMensTennis
Admission: Free

Saturday, April 13
1 p.m. - No. 16 Cal (10-8, 2-1 Pac-12) vs. Arizona (10-10, 0-4 Pac-12)
Hellman Tennis Complex - Berkeley
Last Time vs. Arizona: W, 5-2 (4/1/12 in Tucson, Ariz.)
Coverage: Live Video Stream, Twitter: @CalMensTennis
Admission: Free

BERKELEY - California plays in its final regular-season home matches of the season, when the 16th-ranked Golden Bears (10-8, 2-1 in the Pac-12) host No. 73 Utah (11-9, 1-3 Pac-12) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Arizona (10-10, 0-4 Pac-12) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Prior to the match with the Wildcats, the Bears will honor seniors Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Riki McLachlan for their careers and contributions to the Cal program.

Also, Saturday is Jim McManus/Legends Day at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Bears will celebrate the life and career of Cal great Jim McManus before the match.

About Jim McManus
Former California men's tennis star Jim McManus passed away after a two year battle with cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. A member of both the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame and the USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame, McManus was one of the founding fathers of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). A week before he passed away McManus talked dearly about his love of Cal, his contributions to tennis, worldwide, and the book he recently published, Tennis History: Professional Tournaments - Winners and Runners Up. McManus, 70 when he passed away, was in the tennis arena for more than 50 years as a player, an administrator, and fan of the game.

As a founding member, and member of the original Board of Directors at the ATP in 1972, McManus spent 28 years as an employee with the ATP Tour working in various departments: the ranking system, tournament representation and development, pension plan, player entry department, Senior Tour and alumni services. At Cal, he attained All-America honors in tennis by reaching the NCAA doubles championship. Before the advent of the ATP rankings, he was twice ranked in the top 10 of the U.S. singles and was twice No. 2 in doubles (with Bill Hoogs in 1963 and Jim Osborne in 1969). He reached the 1968 U.S. Open semi-finals with Osborne.

A native of Northern California, Jim's interest in playing tennis came from his parents. He learned the game at the Berkeley Tennis Club from a series of coaches, the most prominent of whom was Tom Stow, who taught 1938 Grand Slam champion Don Budge. McManus is survived by his wife, Carole, of 30 years, and their two children, Kate and Jordy.

Konigsfeldt Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Christoffer Konigsfeldt claimed the Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week award for the week of April 1-7. Konigsfeldt clinched both of the Golden Bears' wins this past week against then-No. 44 Oregon and then-No. 30 Washington. Konigsfeldt defeated the Duck's Daan Maasland, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, on April 5 in Eugene, Ore. California went on to beat Oregon 4-3. In the 5-2 victory over the Huskies, Konigsfeldt beat Max Manthou, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-0, to secure the team victory on April 6 in Seattle.

This is the third Pac-12 Player of the Week honor of the season for the Bears, as junior Ben McLachlan (on March 19) and sophomore Gregory Bayane (March 12) also earned the accolade.

Scouting the Golden Bears
• Cal brings a two-match winning streak into Friday's match, after beating No. 44 Oregon, 4-3, on April 5 and topping No. 30 Washington, 5-2, on April 6 in the Pacific Northwest
• The Bears have a 3-4 record against common opponents with Oregon: 4-1 win over Boise State, 7-0 loss at USC, 6-1 loss at UCLA, 4-3 loss at San Diego State, 5-2 loss to UCLA, 4-3 win at Oregon and 5-2 win at UW
• Cal has a 2-4 record against common opponents with Arizona, with the recent wins over Oregon and Washington and losses to Oklahoma (4-3), USC (7-0) and UCLA (6-1 and 5-2)
• The Bears boast three players ranked in singles by the ITA (as of the April 9 poll): No. 35/junior Ben McLachlan, No. 59/junior Campbell Johnson and No. 83/senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt
• Cal features the following ranked doubles teams (based on the April 9 poll): No. 31 Johnson/Konigsfeldt, No. 41 freshman Mads Engsted/B. McLachlan and No. 54 B. McLachlan/senior Riki McLachlan
Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Riki McLachlan are Cal's co-captains
• Cal alumnus Peter Wright (class of '91) is in his 20th year as head coach of the Golden Bears

Scouting the Utes
• Cal and Utah have six common opponents, with the Utes compiling a 1-5 record against them: 6-1 loss at Boise State, 5-2 loss vs. SDSU, 5-2 win over Oregon, 4-3 loss vs. Washington, 6-1 loss at UCLA and 5-2 loss at USC
• Utah has lost three straight dual matches, including the losses to the L.A. schools last week
• Sophomore Slima Hamza was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012
• F.D. Robbins is in his 27th season as head coach of Utah

Scouting the Wildcats
• The Wildcats play at Stanford on April 12 at 1:30 p.m. before playing at Cal on Saturday
• Arizona has a 0-5 record against common opponents with Cal, with losses to Oklahoma (6-1), Washington (4-3), Oregon (6-1), USC (7-0) and UCLA (7-0)
• The Wildcats have lost four straight, including the two routs in Los Angeles last week
• Tad Berkowitz is in his ninth season as Arizona's head coach

Last Time
Cal spoiled Washington's final home match of the regular season when the 21st-ranked Golden Bears beat the 30th-ranked Huskies, 5-2, on April 6 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Bears - who played UW inside due to rain in Seattle - improved their record to 10-8 (2-1 in the Pac-12), while the Huskies' record is now 15-8 (2-2 Pac-12).

Cal won the doubles points with wins on courts two and three. Christoffer Konigsfeldt clinched a second consecutive victory for the Bears with his singles win on court three. The senior co-captain - ranked 66th in singles - defeated Max Manthou, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-0.

In doubles, Cal sophomores Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton teamed up to knock off the UW tandem of Hudson Barnhart and Manthou, 8-4, on court three. The 40th-ranked duo of freshman Mads Engsted and junior Ben McLachlan secured the doubles point for the Bears by edging Emmett Egger and Jeff Hawke, 8-6, on court two.

Engsted continued his success by topping Viktor Farkas, 6-2, 6-1, on court five to open singles play. The Huskies then got on the scoreboard, as freshman Wyatt Houghton fell to UW's Nicholas Kamisar, 6-1, 6-4, on court six; Cal led 2-1 at that point.

The Bears next won two straight matches to claim the team victory, as Johnson, ranked 46th, beat Marton Bots, 6-2, 7-5, on court two and then Konigsfeldt triumphed on court three to make the overall score 4-1.

In a clash of two nationally ranked players on court one, No. 44 McLachlan lost to No. 21 Kyle McMorrow, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. But Bayane closed the match with a 6-7(0), 7-5, 6-1, win over Egger on court four to give Cal its 5-2 victory.

Next Time
Cal concludes the regular season with a Pac-12 dual match at Stanford on April 20 at 1 p.m.