|Cal's Florian Lakat, serving in doubles in last|
year's Tiburon Challenger, lost in the second
round of singles in the National Indoors on
Friday. Photo by Paul Bauman
But Florian Lakat put up a tremendous fight on the men's side.
Lakat, a senior from France, lost to fourth-seeded Nuno Borges of Mississippi State 6-7 (8), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second round at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Borges, a sophomore from Portugal, then managed to beat Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest 7-5, 6-1 to reach the semifinals.
In the second round of women's singles, top seed and defending champion Francesca Di Lorenzo of Ohio State beat Cal's Karla Popovic, a junior from Croatia, 6-0, 6-4.
Also, fourth-seeded Hayley Carter of North Carolina dismissed Cal's Maegan Manasse, a senior from Redondo Beach in the Los Angeles area, 6-2, 6-2.
Di Lorenzo and Carter, the runner-up to Danielle Collins of Virginia in the NCAA Championships in May in Tulsa, Okla., then advanced to the semis.
Manasse, the 2014 runner-up to Julia Elbaba of Virginia in the National Indoors, has missed most of the fall season with a nagging elbow injury.
Columbia's Richard Pham and Victor Pham, brothers from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, reached the men's doubles semifinals with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Morgan Mays and Simon Freund of UC Santa Barbara.
Richard Pham, a senior, and Victor Pham, a sophomore, will face Valparaiso's Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt, who upset top-seeded Lakat and Filip Bergevi in the second round.