INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -Campbell Johnson posted a three-set singles win to clinch No. 20 California's 4-0 victory over No. 31 Tulsa on Sunday at the Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge. The match concluded the Golden Bears' run at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Johnson – a senior ranked 81st in singles – beat 68th-ranked Clifford Marsland, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, on court two.
Cal improved its record to 9-3 after the nonconference match; the Golden Hurricanes have a record of 10-7.
The Bears’ two matches – including the 4-1 loss to No. 12 Baylor on Saturday – in Indian Wells were played as part of the inaugural Oracle event during the BNP Paribas Open professional tournament. Oracle president Mark Hurd played tennis at Baylor. The college competition included No. 6 Illinois.
Cal opened the contest by capturing the doubles point. First sophomore Mads Engsted and Filip Bergevi topped the Tulsa duo of Matthew Kirby and Daniel Santos, 8-4, on court three, then the 76th-ranked Cal tandem of senior Ben McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson fell to Alejandro Espejo/Jape De Klerk, 8-4, on court two. Cal juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton secured the point with an 8-5 upset of No. 19 Marsland/Dylan McCloskey on court one.
In singles, Bayane gave Cal a 2-0 overall lead with his 6-3, 6-1 win over Or Ram-Harel on court four. Engsted then beat Carlos Bautista, 6-2, 6-3, on court five to set up Johnson to clinch the match.
“Our team did a great job bouncing back after yesterday’s loss,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “The doubles today was pivotal with Chase Melton and Gregory Bayane playing one of their highest quality matches of the year. We were tested today in the 90-plus degree heat, and I think our fitness made the difference. Overall, there were a lot of positives to be gained from this weekend’s performances. We have a tough stretch of travel ahead, so we’re giving the boys a well deserved day off tomorrow.”
Cal returns to action when the Bears play at No. 42 Pepperdine on Sunday, March 23, at 1 p.m. in Malibu, Calif.