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Cal Edges Golden Hurricane For Opening Win

Jan 15, 2022
Philip Hjorth clinched Cal's win with a three-set victory in singles.

TULSA, Okla. – Philip Hjorth won a three-setter to start the Kris Kwinta, dual-match era with a victory, as the Cal men's tennis team edged Tulsa, 4-3, on Saturday evening at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Cal dropped the doubles point but completed a rally in singles when Hjorth defeated Ezequiel Santalla, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-1, on court two.

"I couldn't have scripted it any better," said Kwinta, the Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis. "What a gift for me and the whole group. It's well-deserved for our incredibly close team. They have fun together. For them to go out there in the first dual match together after a long break and come out on top, 4-3, is incredibly special. I'm happy for them, and it's a great road win for all of us."
The first-year Cal coach lauded the team's camaraderie, with the Bears' cheers for their teammates resonating throughout Tulsa's indoor courts.
"It was a fun atmosphere today," Kwinta said. "One hundred percent it's about team effort. This is a unique environment. That support from the guys outside the court and on the court builds momentum, builds unity, builds this invincibility. It gives you an extra boost if you're feeling down and gives you an extra push. That's why team sports are so incredible – you have your family, your brotherhood to rely on. That's what we did today. It was a great team win."

The Golden Hurricane is 0-1 after the nonconference meeting with the Golden Bears.
In doubles, Tulsa won on court three before the Cal pair of Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck defeated Connor Di Marco and Kody Pearson, 7-5, on court one. But Tulsa won on court two to clinch the doubles point.
The host took a 2-0 lead when Kody Pearson beat Kikuchi, 6-2, 6-4, at court-one singles, but then Cal won three straight to lead 3-2. Overbeck started the comeback on court three, beating Stefan Hampe, 7-6(4), 6-2, Derrick Chen bested Callum Gale, 7-6(6), 6-2, on court five, and Lucas Magnaudet defeated Adham Gaber, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, on court six.
Cal newcomer Sean Hill – playing in his first singles match as a Bear – fell to Di Marco on court four, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, to tie the match at 3-3, before Hjorth prevailed to end the night.

"For senior captain Philip Hjorth to step up in the deciding match and put the team on his back was super exciting," Kwinta added. "Every single member of the team contributed in a great way."
The Bears play another nonconference match at Tulane in New Orleans on Monday at 1 p.m. CT.
California (1-0) defeated Tulsa (0-1), 4-3
Jan. 15, 2022, in Tulsa, Okla.
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
1. Yuta Kikuchi/Carl Emil Overbeck (Cal) def. Connor Di Marco/ Kody Pearson (Tulsa), 7-5
2. Adham Gaber/ Callum Gale (Tulsa) def. Philip Hjorth/Derrick Chen (Cal), 7-6*
3. Daniel Siddall/Tom Thelwell-Jones (Tulsa) def. Sean Hill/Mikey Wright (Cal), 6-2
Order of Finish – 3, 1, 2*
*Clinched the doubles point
1. Kody Pearson (Tulsa) def. Yuta Kikuchi (Cal), 6-2, 6-4
2. Philip Hjorth (Cal) def. Ezequiel Santalla (Tulsa), 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-1^
3. Carl Emil Overbeck (Cal) def. Stefan Hampe (Tulsa), 7-6(4), 6-2
4. Connor Di Marco (Tulsa) def. Sean Hill (Cal), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
5. Derrick Chen (Cal) def. Callum Gale (Tulsa), 7-6(6), 6-2
6. Lucas Magnaudet (Cal) def. Adham Gaber (Tulsa), 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish – 1, 3, 5, 6, 4, 2
^Clinched the overall match