Cal Starts ITA NW Regionals Wednesday In Moraga
BERKELEY – California men's tennis will send most of the Golden Bears to compete in the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in Moraga, where they will attempt to qualify for the ITA Super Regional Championships in Seattle. The regional tournament runs Wednesday through Sunday at Saint Mary's and includes singles and doubles flights.
Cal seniors Yuta Kikuchi and Philip Hjorth have already earned a doubles berth at the super regional, and Kikuchi has also already qualified in singles for the Oct. 22-25 event at the University of Washington.
In the regional singles draw, Hjorth is the top seed and Cal freshman Carl Emil Overbeck is the second seed. Both have first-round byes and play their first matches in the round of 32 on Thursday at 11 a.m. Freshman Alex Chang is the 16th seed and plays Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. against Nevada's Loris Zisswiller in the opening round of 64. Also in the first round on Wednesday, sophomore Lucas Magnaudet faces Nevada's ninth-seeded Matheo Coupu-Moison at 10:15 a.m., sophomore Noah Gampel plays Stanford's eighth-seeded Aryan Chaudhary at 11:45 a.m., and freshman Michael Wright takes on Pacific's Ran Amar at 12:45 p.m.
In doubles at Saint Mary's, Overbeck and Chang are the fourth seeded duo and have a first-round bye. They play their first match on Thursday at 9 a.m. against a pair TBA. Magnaudet and Wright face Nevada's Coupu-Moison and Zisswiller in the opening round of 32 on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
The action in Moraga is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. each day.
Last Time: Bears Wrap Up UCSB Classic
Cal closed the UCSB Classic on Sunday, when Cal freshmen Michael Wright and Alex Chang defeated the host Gauchos' Diego Castillo and Josh Williams, 8-3, a day after the young Bears captured the C Flight Doubles Consolation title in Santa Barbara.
Noah Gampel played for a title on Sunday, but the Cal sophomore fell to UCSB's Gianluca Brunkow, 6-3, 6-3, in the B Flight Singles Final. In the C Flight Third-Place Match on Sunday, Cal sophomore Lucas Magnaudet won in a walkover against Boris Reckow of Saint Mary's. Competing in the C Flight Consolation Singles draw, Wright lost to Cal Poly's Carter Crookston, 6-3, 6-1.
Last Time At The ITA NW Regional Championships
In 2019, Yuta Kikuchi closed a successful ITA Northwest Regional Championships for Cal men's tennis with a run to the singles final, with the top-seeded and 75th-ranked Golden Bear falling to ninth-seeded Damon Kesaris of Saint Mary's, 7-6(2), 6-0. Cal still collected some hardware at the Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center, as the Bears earned the trophy for posting the most wins at the regional, and Kikuchi, as one of the singles finalists, qualified for the upcoming Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
Kikuchi's final came one day after teammates Ben Draper and Bjorn Hoffmann finished as the doubles runners-up at the regional.
Yuta Kikuchi, Philip Hjorth and any other Bears who qualify will compete in the ITA Super Regional Championships from Oct. 22-25 in Seattle.