March 19, 2013
Sunday, March 24
BERKELEY - California wraps up its nonconference schedule in Texas, starting on Sunday, March 24, as the 24th-ranked Golden Bears play No. 36 TCU at 11 a.m. PT Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth. Cal brings a 7-6 record to the Lone Star State. TCU currently has a 10-4 record, prior to a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 20.
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Sixteenth-ranked California pushed 12th-ranked Pepperdine to the brink before falling, 4-3, to the Waves on March 16 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Tied at 3-3, the Golden Bears had a chance to claim victory at court two, where Christoffer Konigsfeldt played Pepperdine's Finn Tearney. But the 63rd-ranked Konigsfeldt lost to the 83rd-ranked Tearney, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, to clinch the match for the Waves.
The day got off to a good start, as the 45th-ranked team of Ben McLachlan and Mads Engsted beat Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow/Alex Sarkissian, 8-4, on court two in doubles. On court three, Cal sophomores Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton dropped their match to David Sofaer and Mousheg Hovhannisyan, 8-5, leaving the court one match to decide the doubles point. The 33rd-ranked team of Konigsfeldt and Campbell Johnson didn't disappoint, as the Bears toppled No. 47 Finn Tearney/Francis Alcantara, 8-3, to clinch the point for Cal.
In singles, Sofaer knocked off Cal sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar, 6-1, 6-3, on court six to tie the overall match at 1-1. But the 57th-ranked McLachlan reclaimed the lead for Cal at 2-1 after upsetting No. 11 Fanselow, 6-2, 6-3, on court one. The back and forth match became knotted up at 2-2 when No. 107 Sarkissian defeated Bayane, 6-4, 7-5, on court four, before the 47th-ranked Johnson outlasted No. 53 Alcantara in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, on court three to give Cal the lead at 3-2.
On court five, Engsted pushed senior counterpart Hovhannisyan to a first-set tiebreaker before falling 7-6(10), and the Wave won 6-1 in the second set to tie the match at 3-3, leaving the court two result to decide the winner.
This marked the fourth time in the Bears' last six matches that they played to a 4-3 result.