With its No. 3 doubles team gaining the decisive point, the University of California defeated UC Irvine, 5-3, to win the USTA-ITCA National Indoor team championship Sunday at Louisville, Ky.
In that match, Cal's Kurt Streeter and Carl Chang defeated Irvine's Mike Cadigan and Aaron Stolpman, 6-3, 7-5.
Cal (8-0), No. 4 in the national rankings, took a 4-2 lead after singles play by sweeping the third through sixth singles matches, all in straight sets. Trevor Kronemann and Mark Kaplan Irvine accounted for Irvine's singles victories.
However, the Anteaters played without No. 3 singles player Mike Briggs, who injured his back in Saturday's semifinals, forcing the next four players in the UC Irvine lineup all to move up one notch.
Briggs did play No. 1 doubles, teaming with Kronemann for a 6-4, 6-3 victory to bring Irvine to within 4-3. Kaplan and Richard Lubner were up a service break at No. 2 doubles when Chang and Streeter clinched the victory.
Top-ranked UCLA was upset Friday by South Carolina in the quarterfinals.