Cook & Mellow Fall In Consolation Finals At Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship

Andrew Mellow

LA JOLLA, CALIF. – Junior Joel Cook and senior Andrew Mellow dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Francis Alcantara and Finn Tearney of Pepperdine Sunday in the consolations finals in the Paladins' lone match on the last day of competition at the 124th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Center.

The tournament, which concluded on Sunday, featured a draw with 128 doubles teams and included 19 intercollegiate teams and independent players such as teaching professionals, junior players, college coaches, and former tour players.

Collegiate teams playing in the 2013 Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship included: Boston College, Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps, Furman, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Rice, San Diego State, Stanford, UC Davis, California Berkeley (CAL), University of California, UCLA, California San Diego, Central Florida, Nevada, UNLV, San Diego, Southern Cal, Toledo, and Villanova.

The Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship is one of the five-oldest tennis events in the world and the second oldest tennis event in the United States. First held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California, the event was created to promote the sale of real estate on the Monterey peninsula.

The original concept pitted the best players from the East versus those from the West. This coast-to-coast rivalry was the inspiration for the Davis Cup. Past winners of the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship include Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Don Budge, Tony Trabert, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston, John McEnroe, and many other world-class champions.

Furman (2-6) will continue its Spring Break trip through California this week.  The Paladins play at Santa Clara Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST then travel to Stanford Thursday at 4:30 p.m. EST.