NCAA Mens Tennis

Cal Falls To Middle Tennessee 4-1 In ITA Kickoff

Bears End Run In KPSF Open

Richard Hu

Timofey Stepanov won at court-four singles in Cal’s opener in Durham.

DURHAM, N.C. โ€“ The California men’s tennis team lost to Middle Tennessee in its ITA Kickoff Weekend opener, 4-1, at Duke’s Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
John Kim fell to the Blue Raiders’ Demis Taramonlis, 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2, in singles to end the match.
Cal got off to a good start when Alex Chang and Jonathan Irwanto defeated Karim Al-Amin and Shu Matsuoka, 6-1, in doubles. Kim and Timofey Stepanov lost to Ondrej Horak and Leo Raquin, 6-1, leaving the court-one match to settle the doubles point. Cal’s Carl Emil Overbeck and Mikey Wright took a 6-5 lead on court one, but Javier Cueto Ramos and Jakub Kroslak forced the tiebreaker at 6-6 and ultimately beat the Golden Bears, 7-6(5), to give Middle Tennessee a 1-0 lead.
With Cal down 2-0 after Overbeck lost to the 25th-ranked Raquin, 6-0, 6-2, at court-one singles, Stepanov beat Matsuoka, 6-4, 6-4, on court four to make the score 2-1.
A close loss by Cal freshman Ethan Schiffman โ€“ who fell to Kroslak, 7-5, 7-6(2), on court six โ€“ left the Bears trailing 3-1, with the remaining three matches going to three sets apiece. Court five then decided Saturday’s result.
In Sunday’s ITA Kickoff Weekend consolation match, Cal (0-2) plays the losing team from Saturday’s battle between No. 8 Duke and No. 23 N.C. State.
ITA Kickoff Weekend

Middle Tennessee (4-1) defeated Cal (0-2), 4-1

Jan. 27, 2024, in Durham, N.C.

Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center



1. Javier Cueto Ramos/Jakub Kroslak (MT) def. Carl Emil Overbeck/Mikey Wright (Cal), 7-6(5)*

2. Alex Chang/Jonathan Irwanto (Cal) def. Karim Al-Amin/Shu Matsuoka (MT), 6-1

3. Ondrej Horak/Leo Raquin (MT) def. John Kim/Timofey Stepanov (Cal), 6-1


Order of Finish โ€“ 2, 3, 1*

*Clinched the doubles point



1. No. 25 Leo Raquin (MT) def. Carl Emil Overbeck (Cal), 6-0, 6-2

2. No. 47 Marcel Kamrowski (MT) vs. Alex Chang (Cal), 7-6(2), 2-6, 4-4 UNF

3. No. 105 Ondrej Horak (MT) vs. Jonathan Irwanto (Cal), 7-5, 4-6, 5-3 UNF

4. Timofey Stepanov (Cal) def. Shu Matsuoka (MT), 6-4, 6-4

5. Demis Taramonlis (MT) def. John Kim (Cal), 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2^

6. Jakub Kroslak (MT) def. Ethan Schiffman (Cal), 7-5, 7-6(2)


Order of Finish โ€“ 1, 4, 6,…

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