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No. 43 Cal Beats No. 47 Washington 4-3

Apr 9, 2022
Derrick Chen's three-set win decided the close match with Washington.

BERKELEY – Derrick Chen won a three-setter at court-five singles to give the 43rd-ranked Cal men's tennis team a 4-3, come-from-behind win over No. 47 Washington on Saturday at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears twice trailed by two – 2-0 and 3-1 – before rallying to win.
With the victory, Cal improved to 11-8, (2-6 in the Pac-12). Washington has a 15-8 record (2-4 Pac-12).
The Bears drew a large crowd on Saturday for the match and for McManus Legends Day, in which Cal honored the life of late alumnus Jim McManus. Fuddruckers was also on hand to provide free hamburgers to fans at Hellman.
Washington took a 1-0 lead after doubles, clinching when the 55th-ranked Clement Chidekh and Nedim Suko defeated Cal's Sean Hill and Lucas Magnaudet, 6-2, on court two.
Cal fell behind 2-0 after Philip Hjorth lost to Jack Davis, 6-1, 6-2, at court-two singles. The Bears' Sean Hill followed with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ewen Lumsden on court three, but then Cal's 102nd-ranked Yuta Kikuchi lost to UW's sixth-ranked Clement Chidekh on court one, 6-2, 6-3, and the Bears were down 3-1.
The Bears then needed to run the table to beat the Huskies, and that's what they did. First, Carl Emil Overbeck bested Han-Chih Lin, 6-3, 7-6(4), on court four, then Magnaudet beat Suko, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, on court six and finally Chen defeated Cesar Bouchelaghem, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1, on court five to complete the win.
"It was the spirit of Jim McManus that carried us to the victory today," said Kris Kwinta, the Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis. "We had good support from the crowd and got a great job from the guys, who came out with high energy for the match. We put on a pretty good performance. Everybody fought their hearts out from courts one to six, and it showed on the court.
"At the end, we played aggressively, we played assertive tennis, we went for our shots, we applied pressure, which is the way I like it, and it paid off. The guys are slowly buying into that philosophy of playing. I'm happy for the guys."
Cal hosts Stanford on April 16 in a doubleheader with the Cal-Stanford women's tennis match at Hellman. The women start play at 12 p.m., while the men start not before 3:30 p.m.
No. 43 California (11-8, 2-5 Pac-12) defeated No. 47 Washington (15-8, 2-4 Pac-12), 4-3
April 9, 2022, in Berkeley, Calif.
Hellman Tennis Complex
1. Jack Davis/Ewen Lumsden (Washington) def. No. 44 Yuta Kikuchi/Carl Emil Overbeck (Cal), 6-3
2. No. 55 Clement Chidekh/Nedim Suko (Washington) def. Sean Hill/Lucas Magnaudet (Cal), 6-2*
3. Derrick Chen/Philip Hjorth (Cal) vs. Cesar Bouchelaghem/Han-Chih Lin (Washington), 5-3 (Unfinished)
Order of Finish – 1 2*
*Clinched the doubles point
1. No. 6 Clement Chidekh (UW) def. No. 102 Yuta Kikuchi (Cal), 6-2, 6-3
2. Jack Davis (UW) def. Philip Hjorth (Cal), 6-1, 6-2
3. Sean Hill (Cal) def. Ewen Lumsden (UW), 6-0, 6-3
4. Carl Emil Overbeck (Cal) def. Han-Chih Lin (UW), 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. Derrick Chen (Cal) def. Cesar Bouchelaghem (UW), 6-2, 5-7, 6-1^
6. Lucas Magnaudet (Cal) def. Nedim Suko (Washington), 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish – 2, 3, 1, 4, 6, 5^
^Clinched the overall match