April 18, 2012
BERKELEY - The 14th-ranked California men's tennis team (11-9, 4-2 Pac-12) hosts its final regular-season home match against 12th-ranked rival Stanford (15-7, 4-2) at the Hellman Tennis Complex on Friday, April 20. The Golden Bears and the Cardinal will face off at 3 p.m. PT for third place in the final league standings and all-important seeding in the first-ever Pac-12 men's tennis team tournament.
As the final regular-season home dual, Friday's match is Senior Day. The Bears will honor Nick Andrews, Carlos Cueto, Ahmed Ismail, and Tommie Murphy for their careers and contributions to the Cal program in pre-match ceremonies.
The Bears look to regain the success that they experienced during a four-match winning streak that was snapped in two road losses to top-ranked USC and No. 6 UCLA, last weekend. Cal has already locked up a first-round bye in the conference tournament and can secure the third seed with a win over the Cardinal. The Pac-12 Championships take place in Ojai, Calif., April 25-29.
Cal's lineup features three-ranked singles players including two-time conference player of the week senior Nick Andrews. Andrews holds down the No. 48 ranking and is joined by fellow senior Carlos Cueto who is ranked No. 58. Sophomore Ben McLachlan is the highest of all ranked Bears at No. 41. In doubles, Andrews and junior Christoffer Konigsfeldt combine to hold the No. 5 ranking while Cueto and McLachlan team up to form the No. 47-ranked duo in the nation.
Among the team's leaders, McLachlan heads the list with 23 singles wins. Andrews is next with 15 victories and is followed by Cueto and freshman Gregory Bayane who each have 11 wins apiece. In doubles, Cueto and McLachlan lead all Cal pairs with 23 wins while Andrews and Konigsfeldt are on the verge of crossing the 20-win plateau with a 19-6 record together.
The Cardinal holds a four-match winning streak against the Bears dating back to 2010. The last time the two teams faced off, Stanford claimed a 6-1 win at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Feb. 25.
The Stanford lineup is led by No. 31-ranked senior Ryan Thacher. He holds a 19-11 singles record and is 10-7 in duals. He is also ranked seventh in doubles with fellow senior Bradley Klahn. Klahn on his own is ranked No. 45 in singles. Freshman Robert Stineman leads the team with a 21-13 singles record and is 13-8 in duals. Fellow frosh John Morrissey has amassed 19 wins with a 15-5 record in duals. Morrissey is also ranked No. 52 in doubles when teamed with Thacher.