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Cal Hosts USTA Team, Plays in Napa

Bears Host the National Team Wednesday and Starts Play in Napa Friday
By Cal Athletics on Tue, September 17, 2013

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BERKELEY – California hosts the USTA National Team on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex, where a collection of Golden Bears and other San Francisco Bay Area collegians will take on the national team.

Scouting the Bears

  • At the Harvard Chowder Fest, which ran Sept. 13-15, freshman Andre Goransson posted a 2-1 singles record
  • Juniors Nikhil Jayashankar and Jack Sanford each notched a 2-2 singles mark in Boston
  • Seniors Ben McLachlan and Campbell Johnson earned ITA preseason singles rankings of No. 27 and 41, respectively, this season
  • The two seniors did not compete in the Harvard Chowder Fest due to injury
  • McLachlan and sophomore Mads Engsted earned a No. 41 doubles ranking in the ITA preseason poll
  • The ITA will release its first set of team rankings – and its next set of singles and doubles polls – on Jan. 2
  • Peter Wright (class of 1991) is in his 21st season as head coach at his alma mater, while associate head coach Tyler Browne – Cal class of 2008 – is in his sixth year

Next Time

Cal plays in the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22 at Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena, Calif. Cal head coach Peter Wright and Meadowood tennis pro Doug King co-founded the tournament, which Meadowood will host for the 13th time.

Alabama, Florida State, Stanford, Texas A&M and the USTA National Team will join Cal for round-robin tournaments in singles and doubles, which both conclude on Sunday. Tournament officials will present the Norma Miner Outstanding Player Award to the player who best exhibits excellence in play and in sportsmanship during the three-day event.

In 2012, Cal produced its best finish at the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic, posting a 10-1 singles record, not including the playoff rounds of the shootout. Now former Bears Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Riki McLachlan joined then-freshman Mads Engsted in reaching the singles quarterfinals.

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