Nov. 4, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - Nikhil Jayashankar will battle California teammate Wyatt Houghton in the black singles consolation final on Sunday morning in the Pacific Tigers Invitational, as both Bears won semifinal matches on Saturday. Jayashankar, a sophomore, beat Cal Poly's Jordan Kepler, 6-1, 6-3, while Houghton, a freshman, topped Fresno State's Sai Kartik, 6-3, 6-2, in the semis.
Cal sophomore Andrew Scholnick reached Sunday's black singles final after besting Cal Poly's Derek Klein, 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (2), in the semifinal round.
Second-seeded Cal junior Campbell Johnson pushed Denis Lin to three sets in the orange singles quarterfinals but lost 2-6, 6-0, 6-0. Johnson paired with sophomore Chase Melton in the orange doubles quarterfinals as well, but the Bears fell to fourth-seeded Brett Bacharach and George Horowitz of UC Davis, 8-4.
In the orange doubles consolation semifinals, Houghton and Scholnick got past Fresno State's second-seeded Reid DeLaubenfels and Sam MacNeil, as the Bulldogs withdrew with an injury, to reach Sunday's final. Earlier, Houghton-Scholnick beat Pacific's Ben Mirkin-Trevor James, 8-2, in the quarterfinal round.
Freshman Jordan Smith beat Cal Poly's Devin Barber, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2, to Sunday's white singles final against USF's Jonathan Knowlman.
Jayashankar and Smith knocked off Adam Luba and Mitch Thorp of UC Davis in the black doubles quarterfinals, 8-3, to reach the semis. But that's where their run ended, as the Bears lost to USF's Knowlman and Richard Bucalem, 8-2.
The three-day tournament ends on Sunday.