April 3, 2012
No. 12 California (9-7, 2-0 Pac-12) vs. No. 62 Oregon (14-3, 0-2)
BERKELEY - The 12th-ranked California men's tennis team (9-7, 2-0 Pac-12) will host a pair of conference duals at the Hellman Tennis Complex, this weekend, as No. 22 Washington (12-5, 0-2) and No. 62 Oregon (14-3, 0-2) visit the Bay Area. The Golden Bears and the Huskies will clash in a 1:30 p.m. PT match on Friday, April 6. Then Cal takes on the Ducks for an 11 a.m. match on Saturday, April 7.
The Cal-Oregon match is Jim McManus/Legends Day. The Bears will celebrate the life and career of Cal great Jim McManus before the match. Free food will be provided to those in attendance by Fuddruckers.
The Bears opened up their first Pac-12 season with two road wins over the weekend. First, Cal took out Utah, 6-1, in Salt Lake City. Then, the Bears upended Arizona, 5-2, in Tucson, Ariz.
Cal's lineup features a trio of ranked players led by sophomore Ben McLachlan who ranks No. 37. McLachlan leads the Bears in singles wins, this season, with 20. He is 9-4 in dual matches and has won his last four matches. 39th-ranked junior Carlos Cueto follows McLachlan and has racked up nine singles wins, this year. At the top court, 76th-ranked senior Nick Andrews has won 13 matches with six in duals.
On the doubles courts, the Bears boast the third-ranked team of Andrews and junior Christoffer Konigsfeldt. The tandem is 17-4 overall with a 10-2 mark in duals. They are flanked by the 33rd-ranked team of Cueto and McLachlan which leads all Cal duos with a 21-6 overall record (9-2 in duals).
The Huskies were 11-2 before they lost three of their last four outings; two by 7-0 counts to No. 8 Pepperdine and No. 1 USC. Washington is led by No. 14-ranked junior Kyle McMorrow who has tallied an 18-8 record with a 12-4 mark in duals, this year. Freshman Emmett Egger has 16 wins and sophomore Max Manthou has 17 to help keep the Huskies competitive down the lineup. Though it does not have a ranked doubles team, Washington is 9-0 in duals when it wins the doubles point, this season.
Four of the last five meetings between Cal and Washington have ended in 4-3 decisions. Cal is 3-2 in those last five matches and earned a 5-2 win on April 10, 2010, in Berkeley. Last season, the Huskies came up with a close 4-3 win in Seattle.
The Ducks started the year on an eight-match winning streak. That streak was snapped by none other than Washington, which prevailed, 4-3, on Feb. 24. Oregon went on another streak to win six games and was 14-1 before the start of Pac-12 matches. However, the Ducks suffered back-to-back 7-0 losses at home to No. 5 UCLA and No. 1 USC, last weekend. Oregon does not have any ranked singles players or doubles teams but is led by sophomore Robin Cambier who has 15 wins; seven each from courts two and three. At the top court, sophomore Alex Rovello is 10-5 and has racked up a 12-5 mark, this spring.
Cal has won each of the last five meetings against Oregon. The last two matches were 7-0 decisions for the Bears, and the previous three victories were 6-1 wins.
ABOUT JIM McMANUS
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.
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