No. 42 Cal Plays Two In The Desert
BERKELEY – The 42nd-ranked California men's tennis team continues its Pac-12 Conference road schedule in the Grand Canyon state, where the Golden Bears play at Arizona State on Friday at 6 p.m. MST/PDT and at Arizona on Sunday at 12 p.m. MST/PDT.
The Bears bring a 10-5 record (1-2 in the Pac-12) into Friday's match in Tempe, while ASU is 5-11 (0-2 Pac-12). Arizona is 15-5 (2-0 Pac-12) ahead of a Friday contest against Stanford at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
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Friday's match in Tempe is a doubleheader with the women's tennis match between Cal and ASU, which is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.
Last Time: Bears Drop Two In L.A.
In another close battle between Cal and USC, then-No. 27 Cal fell to the 15th-ranked Trojans, 4-2, on Saturday at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Bears were a match point away from winning another match in singles, which featured five tiebreaks.
With Cal trailing 3-2, Lucas Magnaudet was close to defeating former Bear Paul Barretto, as the current Bear had match point at 1-6, 7-6(4), 5-3 (40-30). A Magnaudet win would have made the score 3-3. But the court-two match ended first – with Cal senior Philip Hjorth losing to the 116th-ranked Bradley Frye, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(7) – giving USC a 4-2 win. The court-six match was abandoned.
Last Friday at No. 59 UCLA, the Bears looked good early. Alex Chang and Philip Hjorth combined to beat the Bruins' Eric Hahn and Max Wild, 6-0, at court-three doubles. Cal's 28th-ranked duo of Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck topped Giacomo Revelli and Patrick Zahraj, 6-3, on court one to clinch the doubles point.
But UCLA won four times in singles. The Bruins' Karl Lee defeated Cal's Carl Emil Overbeck, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, to wrap up the match for UCLA, 4-1.
Cal is now ranked 42nd in the ITA team poll. In singles, Yuta Kikuchi (19-11 record) is still ranked 102nd, and in doubles, Cal's top duo of Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck (16-5) is still ranked 28th. New ITA team, singles and doubles rankings will come out on April 6.
- Yuta Kikuchi was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on March 15 after clinching a pair of 5-2 wins over Santa Clara and, in the Bears' Pac-12 opener, No. 22 Utah
- Kikuchi defeated Arthur Neuhas, 6-4, 6-1, on March 11 to clinch against the Broncos and beat Franco Capalbo, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, to secure the victory over Utah
- Kikuchi also beat Athell Bennett, 6-4, 6-4, to clinch Cal's 5-2 win over Purdue on March 16 in Berkeley
- Carl Emil Overbeck – with a 23-8 singles – leads the Bears with the most singles victories
- Overbeck clinched Cal's 6-1, March 20 win over No. 56 Cal Poly, beating Colter Smith, 6-3, 6-0
- In the fall, Overbeck won the consolation final of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships, beating Utah's Ryan Ali, 6-2, 7-5
- Senior Philip Hjorth (21-10) has Cal's second-most singles wins
- 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 bracket of the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship, beating Bears Sean Hill and Lucas Magnaudet in the final of the open tournament on March 6 in La Jolla
Scouting the Sun Devils
- ASU has lost its last three matches – 4-1 to No. 30 Princeton on March 13, 4-3 to No. 14 USC on March 18, and 6-1 to No. 19 Arizona on March 26
- The Sun Devils' March 20 match at UCLA was canceled due to health and safety protocols within the Bruin program
- Two Sun Devils are ranked in singles: No. 25 Murphy Cassone and No. 87 Fabien Salle
- In doubles, Salle and Max McKennon are ranked 45th
- Matt Hill is in his sixth season as head coach at Arizona State
Scouting the Wildcats
- Arizona has won its last two matches, including the 6-1 victory over ASU on March 26 and a 4-3 win over No. 14 USC on march 20
- The Wildcats' March 18 match at UCLA was likewise canceled
- Four Wildcats are ranked in singles: No. 49 Gustaf Strom, No. 71 Jonas Ziverts, No. 80 Herman Hoeyeraal and No. 103 Colton Smith
- Clancy Shields, the 2021 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, is in his sixth season as head coach of the Wildcats
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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Cal hosts Oregon on April 8 and Washington on April 9 at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley.