Cal Battles No. 23 UCLA, No. 8 USC At Hellman
BERKELEY – The California men's tennis team return to the courts when the Golden Bears battle No. 23 UCLA and No. 8 USC this weekend at the Hellman Tennis complex. Cal hosts the Bruins on Saturday at 1 p.m. and then hosts the Trojans on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Bears have a 2-1 dual-match record heading into Friday's match. UCLA is also 2-1, while USC has a 4-0 record prior to its Friday match at Stanford.
Admission is free to regular-season tennis matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Fans can also follow all the action via the Hellman live stream and live scores by clicking here and can follow match updates on Twitter at @CalMensTennis.
Cal Athletics follows all state and local public health guidelines to mitigate risk and support the health and well-being of those who attend Cal athletic events. Under these policies, fans attending outdoor events on campus are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas. Facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces (i.e., restrooms) for guests ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at entrances for fans upon request.
Individuals who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are under a quarantine or isolation order should not attend.
These protocols are subject to change based on local, state and national guidelines.
Scouting the Bears
- Lucas Magnaudet clinched Cal's last match, a 5-2 win over Saint Mary's (see below), to improve to 12-8 in singles for the season and 6-0 in singles in 2022
- Philip Hjorth leads the way in singles with a 16-6 record, with Carl Emil Overbeck is close behind with a 14-6 record
- Two Cal doubles pairs are currently ranked in No. 15 Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck (9-3 record) and No. 58 Kikuchi and Philip Hjorth (1-1)
- Overall in doubles, Overbeck has an 11-4 record
- First-year head coach Kris Kwinta (UCLA '08) joined the Bears after serving on the USC coaching staff for nine years
- Kwinta's staff includes assistant coach and former BYU player Francis Sargeant along with volunteer assistant coach and former professional player Jared Donaldson
Scouting the Bruins
- UCLA beat Saint Mary's, 7-0, on Jan. 25, lost to No. 19 Texas A&M, 4-0, in ITA Kickoff Weekend on Jan. 29, and defeated Texas Tech, 4-3, in the ITA Kickoff Weekend consolation match on Jan. 30
- Bruins Alexander Hoogmartens (No. 41) and Stefan Leustian (No. 96) are ranked in singles
- The doubles team of Boris Reckow and James Watt earned 2021 All-WCC honorable mention
- Billy Martin is in his 29th year as head coach of UCLA
Scouting the Trojans
- USC routed UC Davis, 7-0, and Claremont Mudd-Scripps, 7-0, on Jan. 21, beat UC Irvine, 6-1, on Jan. 23 and blanked No. 24 Harvard, 4-0, on Jan. 30 in the ITA Kickoff Weekend final
- The win over the Crimson qualified the Trojans for the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship
- Five Trojans are ranked in singles: No. 6 Stefan Dostanic, No. 35 Peter Makk, No. 40 Lodewedijk Westrate, No. 70 Bradley Frye and No. 94 Samuel Rubell
- In doubles, Dostanic and Frye are ranked 10th, while Dostanic and Rubell are ranked 12th
- Brett Masi is in his third season as USC's head coach
Last Time: Bears Capture Home Opener
Cal won its 2021-22 home opener when it defeated Saint Mary's, 5-2, with Lucas Magnaudet clinching the victory on Jan. 22 at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
The match also marked the first home dual match and home win for head coach Kris Kwinta.
Cal captured the doubles point with wins on court three – Alex Chang and Mikey Wright beat Felipe Rincon and Diego Jarry, 6-2 – and then court one – with the 15th-ranked pair of Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck besting the Gaels' James Watt and Caelan Potts, 7-5. The doubles matches marked the first home matches for Cal freshmen Chang, Wright and Overbeck.
Overbeck gave the Bears a 2-0 lead in singles when he beat Jarry, 6-2, 6-1, on court four. Saint Mary's made it a 2-1 Cal advantage when Watt defeated Kikuchi, 6-2, 6-2, on court one.
Cal senior Philip Hjorth followed with a decisive 6-3, 6-0 win over Potts on court two, and then Magnaudet gave the Bears the team victory by beating Carlos Ramos Membrives, 6-2, 6-3, on court five.
Cal renews its rivalry with No. 12 Stanford when the teams clash on Feb. 12 on the Farm.