Bears Head East For Chowderfest
BERKELEY – The California men's tennis team will compete in Harvard's Chowderfest from Friday through Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The annual event includes singles and doubles tournaments at the Murr Center.
A live stream will be available if any matches take place inside, which could happen on Friday when rain is expected in the area. Please click here for the live stream link. Video would be unavailable if matches take place outside. Harvard does not have live scoring.
Last Time: Bears Win Doubles Crown At Battle In The Bay
Cal completed a good showing at the season-opening Battle in the Bay Classic, with Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck capturing the doubles title on Sunday on the hard courts at the California Tennis Club in San Francisco.
The pair of Kikuchi, a senior, and Overbeck, a freshman, defeated USC's Bradley Frye and Stefan Dostanic, 8-3, in the final, with each Bear winning his first trophy in the annual event.
Earlier in the tournament, Cal senior Philip Hjorth rode a four-match winning streak – from singles qualifying to main draw semifinals – before suffering defeat to USC's 107th-ranked Frye, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(7), in the semi. Along the way, Hjorth upset the top seed in the main draw, Arizona's 32nd-ranked Jonas Ziverts, 7-6(6), 2-6, 1-0(6).
Scouting the Bears
- Senior Yuta Kikuchi is ranked 124th in the ITA preseason singles poll.
- Kikuchi reached the singles round of 16 at Battle in the Bay.
- A qualifying singles alternate in the ITA All-American Championships, Kikuchi earned an invitation to the singles prequalifying tournament at the All-American.
- Freshman Carl Emil Overbeck (from Copenhagen) is ranked sixth and Philip Hjorth (from Hørsholm) is ranked 14th among Denmark's senior men's players.
- Cal alumna and two-time NCAA champion Amanda Augustus, who also leads the Cal women's tennis team, is in her first season as Cal's interim director of tennis.
- Francis Sargeant is in his first season as a Cal assistant coach, after coaching as an assistant at Stanford in 2020-21. The England native played at BYU from 2012-15, ending his collegiate career with 91 singles wins.
Last Time At The Chowderfest
Cal closed the fall portion of the 2019-20 season at Harvard's Chowder Fest on Nov. 10, 2019, with Cal's 58th-ranked duo of Paul Barretto and Can Kaya finishing as the doubles runner-up with its 2-1 record.
The last day of the Chowderfest just featured singles at the Murr Center, with the 121st-ranked Paul Barretto defeating Cornell's Evan Bynoe, 7-6(4), 6-3, Kent Hunter falling to Indiana's Carson Haskins, 6-1, 6-2, Jacob Brumm beating the Hoosiers' Zac Brodney, 6-4, 6-3, Dominic Barretto topping Cornell's Lez Kazakov, 6-1, 6-4, Kaya defeating Indiana's Patrick Fletchall, 6-3, 6-4, and Thomas Wright losing to Cornell's Daniel Soyfer, 6-3, 6-1.
The Bears play in the Aggie Invitational from Oct. 1-3 at UC Davis.