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Cal Hosts Purdue, Yale, Cal Poly

Mar 14, 2022
Alex Chang and the Bears play three nonconference matches before returning to Pac-12 play.

BERKELEY – The 43rd-ranked California men's tennis team briefly returns to nonconference action and closes out its current homestand when it hosts Purdue, Yale and No. 67 Cal Poly starting Wednesday at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears (7-3 record) play the Boilermakers (7-6) on Wednesday at 5 p.m., take on the Bulldogs (8-4) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and face the Mustangs (9-3) on Sunday at 5 p.m.
 
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.
 
Under current state and local guidelines, fans attending events held in outdoor venues are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings at all times.
 
Last Time: Bears Beat Broncos & Win Pac-12 Opener Over No. 22 Utah
Yuta Kikuchi clinched both of Cal's last two wins, as the Bears beat Santa Clara, 5-2, on Friday and No. 22 Utah, 5-2, on Sunday at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
 
The 91st-ranked Kikuchi defeated Santa Clara's Arthur Neuhaus at court-one singles, 6-4, 6-1, to make the score 4-1 and secure the Bears' win over the Broncos.
 
The Cal senior came through in the clutch again against Utah, defeating Franco Capalbo, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, on court one to clinch Sunday's victory.
 
Poll Position
Cal is ranked 43rd in the latest ITA team poll, with new rankings scheduled to come out Wednesday. In singles, Yuta Kikuchi (16-9 record) is ranked 91st, and in doubles, Cal's top duo of Kikuchi and freshman Carl Emil Overbeck (13-4) is ranked 17th. The ITA will release new individual rankings on March 22.
 
Scouting Cal

  • Cal has a 6-1 home record
  • Carl Emil Overbeck, who won twice against Santa Clara and Utah, leads the Bears with the most singles victories with 19 and is 19-7
  • At the recent Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship, the pair of Overbeck and Yuta Kikuchi won three matches to reach the main draw round of 16
  • Overbeck won the consolation final of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in the fall beating Utah's Ryan Ali, 6-2, 7-5
  • Senior Philip Hjorth, who beat Utah's Francisco Bastias, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, on Sunday, has Cal's second-most singles wins at 18-8
  • Kris Kwinta (UCLA '08) is in his first season as the Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis
  • Kwinta's first-year staff includes assistant coach and former BYU player Francis Sargeant along with volunteer assistant coach and former professional player Jared Donaldson
  • Kwinta and Sargeant won the consolation final of the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship, beating Bears Sean Hill and Lucas Magnaudet in the open tournament

Scouting Purdue

  • The Boilermakers have won four straight matches
  • In its last two matches, Purdue defeated Saint Louis at home twice on March 5, 7-0 and 6-1
  • Purdue and Cal have one common opponent so far this season in Tulsa, which the Boilermakers lost to 6-1 on Jan. 22 in Tulsa; Cal won at Tulsa, 4-3, on Jan. 15
  • Pawel Gajdzik is in his 13th season as Purdue's head coach

Scouting Yale

  • The Bulldogs have won three consecutive matches
  • Last week in Connecticut, Yale beat Monmouth, 7-0, on March 9 and Delaware, 4-1, on March 12
  • Michael Sun is ranked 75th in singles
  • Five of Yale's eight players hail from California
  • Chris Drake is in his third year as head coach of Yale

Scouting Cal Poly

  • The Mustangs are 2-0 in the month of March, beating BYU, 4-0, on March 2 and edging Utah State, 4-3, on March 12 in San Luis Obispo
  • Both Cal Poly and Cal defeated their two common opponents this year, with the Mustangs beating Saint Mary's, 5-2, and UNLV, 5-2, and the Bears beating the Gaels, 5-2, and the Rebels, 7-0
  • Nick Carless is in his 10th season as head coach of Cal Poly, which he led to the Big West regular-season conference title in 2021

Goransson Wins Battle Of Cal Alums To Reach Davis Cup
Cal alumnus Andre Goransson qualified for the Davis Cup finals with Sweden on March 5, when his team defeated Japan and former Cal teammate Ben McLachlan, 3-2, in Helsingborg, Sweden.
 
"It was amazing to do it at home," Goransson said. "It was unlike anything I'd ever done in terms of the atmosphere and the excitement."
 
Goransson paired with Elias Ymer to beat McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama, 2-6, 7-6(9), 7-5, in a doubles match that took two hours and 40 minutes. Sweden clinched the victory over Japan when Ymer beat Yosuke Watanaki in singles, 6-3, 6-3.
 
"It was great playing him and sharing a court with Ben," Goransson said. "He's a great friend of mine. It was fun given that we played together here at Cal, and to play Davis Cup against each other, we were both excited to do that.
 
McLachlan – currently ranked 34th in the world in doubles – and Goransson – who's ranked 69th in doubles – partnered in doubles while at Cal in the 2013-24 season, when McLachlan was a senior and Goransson was a freshman.
 
The United States also qualified for the Davis Cup finals on March 5 when the U.S. beat Colombia, 4-0, in Reno, Nevada. The U.S. team features former Cal volunteer assistant coach Rajeev Ram, who's ranked fourth in doubles. Ram paired with Jack Sock to clinch the victory when they beat Colombia's Nicolas Barrientos and Juan-Sebastian Cabal, 6-3, 6-4.
 
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Next Time
Cal returns to its Pac-12 Conference schedule when the Bears play at No. 46 UCLA on March 25 and at No. 9 USC on March 26.