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Cal Hosts ITA NW Regionals

Oct 3, 2022
Lucas Magnaudet and the Bears have another busy week.

BERKELEY – This will be a busy week for the California men's tennis team, including Cal junior Ryder Jackson competing in the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Golden Bears hosting the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at the Hellman Tennis Complex and the Channing Tennis Courts. The latter tournament begins Thursday and ends Monday.
 
Jackson, a junior, won four times over the weekend (see below) to advance out of pre-qualifying singles to the qualifying round that began on Monday morning. In his qualifying opener, Jackson defeated the 69th-ranked Aleksa Bucan, as the UIC player retired with an injury with the Bear leading 3-0. Qualifying ends on Tuesday, with the All-American main draw starting Wednesday and ending Sunday.

Cal is led by Kris Kwinta, the Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis, and assistant coach Francis Sargeant. Both joined the Bears' staff last season.
 
Cal Hosts ITA Regionals
The Bears will host the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Hellman and Channing, as players vie for singles and doubles titles, for spots in the upcoming ITA Northwest Super Regional Championships and for qualification to the ITA National Fall Championships. Cal's Lucas Magnaudet, John Kim, Mikey Wright and Alex Chang will compete in the regional tournament.

The action will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. Please check CalBears.com on Thursday for start times for the rest of the tournament.
 
Admission is free to Cal regular-season tennis matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Fans can also follow the action via the Hellman live stream by clicking here and can follow match updates on Twitter at @CalMensTennis. A live stream is not available at the Channing Tennis Courts.
 
Two Bears Head To Tiburon
Also this week, Cal's Carl Emil Overbeck and Siddhant Banthia will compete in doubles in the Tiburon Challenger at the Tiburon Peninsula Club in Tiburon, which is located about 24 miles away from Berkeley. The duo starts play in the round of 16 on Tuesday vs. Denis Kudla and Ben Shelton – the 2022 NCAA singles champion at Florida – at a time TBA. The tournament ends on Sunday.
 
Jackson Shines In Pre-Qualifying In Tulsa
In pre-qualifying singles at the ITA All-American Championships, Ryder Jackson won twice on Saturday – beating LSU's Stefan Latinovic, 6-1, 6-4, in the round of 256 and Sam Edgar of Memphis, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the round of 128 – and then on Sunday he defeated N.C. State's Damien Salvestre, 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 64 and Wake Forest's Bozo Barun, 6-1, 6-3, in the round of 32 to move into qualifying singles.
 
Also in Tulsa, the Bears' Lucas Magnaudet and Carl Emil Overbeck won their Saturday openers in pre-qualifying play, with Magnaudet defeating North Carolina's Logan Zapp, 6-2, 7-6(5), and Overeck beating LSU's Benjamin Ambrosio, 6-3, 6-3. But both Bears fell in the round of 128. While Derrick Chen and Alex Chang lost in their pre-qualifying singles openers on Saturday, Chang defeated LSU's Will Cubitt, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5), in a Sunday consolation match.
 
Kikuchi, Banthia Star In Pro-Circuit Events
Cal's Yuta Kikuchi and Siddhant Banthia competed in recent pro circuit tournaments. Banthia, a first-year Bear, paired with Andres Andrade to capture the doubles title in a 15K on Saturday in Cancun. The second-seeded duo beat Jake Bhangdia and Hamish Stewart, 6-7(3), 6-3, 10-8, in the final. Banthia also reached the singles second round in Mexico. Kikuchi, in a 15K in Albuquerque, reached the singles second round on Thursday and – with Isaac Nortey – the doubles semifinals on Friday at the University of New Mexico.
 
Poll Position
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.
 
Next Time
Those Bears who qualify will compete in the ITA Northwest Super Regional Championships from Oct. 21-24 in Stanford, California.
 
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