Likas, two other Bay Area stars enter Hall of Fame

Harry Likas, who won the NCAA singles championship in 1948, will be one of three former Bay Area stars inducted into the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame today.

Alex O’Brien of Stanford and Matt Lucena of Cal will join Likens as part of the 11-member class inducted today in Athens, Ga., site of this week’s NCAA championships.

“I am very honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Likas said. “It is great for people to know that USF had a top, top program and remember what we accomplished. Winning the singles championship in 1948 was fantastic and this is the icing on the cake.”

During his senior season of 1948, the Lowell High School alum lost just one match en route to the title. He was seeded fifth in the tournament and beat the top three seeds, including No. 1 Victor Seixas of North Carolina 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 in a hard-fought title match.

Two of Likas’ most memorable matches that year came against Dons teammate Conway Catton. At the Northern California Invitational, Likas used his fierce backhand to beat Catton 6-1, 6-4. He also won the doubles title there, pairing with Harry Roche as the Dons picked up the William Johnson Memorial Trophy. A month later at the Ojai Invitational, Likas beat Catton again.

O’Brien, who played at Stanford from 1989 to ’92, is a four-time All-American who won the Triple Crown in 1992 — the NCAA singles, doubles and team championship.

Lucena was a three-time All-American at Cal (1990-92) and won a record five doubles championships (four outdoor, one indoor).

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