UTSA to open play at NCAA Championships on Saturday
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will make its third appearance at the NCAA Championships on Saturday when it takes on No. 14 California in a first-round match at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley, Calif. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT).
The Roadrunners (13-10), who will be making their second appearance in the national tournament in the last three season, earned an automatic bid after knocking off No. 2 seed Nicholls, 4-2, in the Southland Conference Tournament Championship Match two weeks ago.
UTSA is led by six first-team All-Southland honorees, including senior Daniel Moser and freshman David Kelleher, who were both selected in singles competition.
Kelleher, who was named to the top squad at the No. 5 position, leads the Roadrunners with a 16-4 overall record this spring. Meanwhile, Moser, a first-teamer at the No. 6 spot, holds a 13-9 mark.
A pair of UTSA doubles teams also were selected to the circuit's top team — senior Pedro Zanotelli and Yannick Junger (No. 1) and sophomore Kolby Kilgo and freshman Joel Rubio (No. 3).
Junger and Zanotelli have won their last seven matches and boast a 14-7 record this year, while Kilgo and Rubio have combined for five victories.
The Golden Bears (12-11) come into the weekend having lost four of their last five tilts. Cal earned an at-large selection despite falling in the Pac-12 Championships semifinals on April 27.
The Bears are led by a pair of nationallly-ranked doubles teams and three singles players.
Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt enter the NCAA Championships ranked sixth in the nation with a 14-4 mark this spring. The duo has won nine of its last 11 matches at the top spot, including both in the Pac-12 Championships. Meanwhile, the duo of Carlos Cueto and Ben McLachlan are ranked 66th nationally with a 12-6 overall record at the second position.
McLachlan (37th), Andrews (58th) and Cueto (70th) are all ranked in singles competition.
Andrews leads the Bears with a 13-6 record between Nos. 1-4 spots, while Andrews has posted eight victories in 20 matches, including seven at the top spot. Cuteo owns a half dozen triumphs with four victories coming at No. 2 position.
UTSA probable lineup
1. Yannick Junger/Pedro Zanotelli (14-7)
2. Martin Ayala/Tyler Brown (11-7)
3. Kolby Kilgo/Joel Rubio (5-5)
1. Yannick Junger (13-10)
2. Tyler Brown (12-10)
3. Martin Ayala (10-12)
4. Joel Rubio (10-12)
5. David Kelleher (16-4)
6. Daniel Moser (13-9)