Cal Hosts BITB Qualifier To Open Season
NOTE - The Battle in the Bay Qualifier - which had been scheduled to end on Sunday - concluded on Saturday due to rain in the forecast Sunday.
BERKELEY – The California men's tennis team starts the 2022-23 season on Friday, when the Golden Bears host the Battle in the Bay Qualifier at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The tournament ends Saturday. Thirty players – from Cal, UC Davis, UNLV, Saint Mary's, San Diego State, San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford – seek to advance in singles and doubles from the qualifier to the Battle in the Bay tournament that will run from Sept. 23-25 at the California Tennis Club in San Francisco.
Two singles players and one doubles pair will qualify for the Battle in the Bay.
Match play will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Fans can also follow the action via the Hellman live stream by clicking here and can follow match updates on Twitter at @CalMensTennis.
Here is the field for the qualifier; the draws will come out later Thursday:
San Diego State
UC Santa Cruz
Cal boasts a pair of ITA preseason rankings, with Yuta Kikuchi at No. 62 in singles and the pair of sophomore Carl Emil Overbeck and newcomer Siddhant Banthia – a graduate transfer from Wake Forest – ranked No. 30 in doubles.
Scouting the Bears
- Yuta Kikuchi and Philip Hjorth return for their fifth seasons
- Kikuchi, who ended the 2021-22 season with a No. 98 singles ranking, posted a singles record of 20-16 last season
- Hjorth was 20-14 in singles last year
- At 24-11, Carl Emil Overbeck led the Bears in singles wins last season
- The pair of Kikuchi and Overbeck had a season-ending doubles ranking of 36 last year, while Kikuchi and Hjorth finished at No. 85
- Cal features three new Bears in Siddhant Banthia, Ryder Jackson and freshman John Kim
- Kim hails from Sunnyvale in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Banthia was a doubles All-American for Wake in 2022, when he reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship
- Banthia posted records of 14-3 in singles and 21-7 in doubles last season at Wake
- A transfer, Jackson is a junior who posted records of 11-7 in singles and 17-7 in doubles for USC last season
- Jackson was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and won the Southern California Intercollegiates singles title last year
- Kris Kwinta (UCLA '08) is in his second season as the Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis
- Kwinta's staff includes second-year assistant coach and former BYU player Francis Sargeant
Those Bears who qualify will compete in the Battle in the Bay from Sept. 23-25 at the California Tennis Club in San Francisco. Another Cal group will play in the Napa Valley Invitational also from Sept. 23-25.
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