BERKELEY -Nikhil Jayashankar posted his first clinching victory of his junior season as the 19th-ranked Golden Bears shut out Washington, 4-0, on Saturday in front of a big crowd at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Jayashankar – who joined the Bears as a transfer from Northwestern last season – defeated Michael Chamerski 6-3, 7-5 to end the dual match.
Cal improved its record to 14-5 and 4-2 in the Pac-12, while UW fell to 10-12 (1-5 Pac-12).
“It was great,” Jayashankar said. “It was the first time I’ve clinched this year, so it’s definitely nice. I was up 5-2 there in the second set. I couldn’t close it out at first. But I was at least able to come through in the end.”
The doubles point came down to a tight match on court three after the teams split the other two matches. The Bears first won on court two, as senior Ben McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson upended Viktor Farkas/Max Manthou, 8-6. Cal’s 19th-ranked pair of juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton fell on court one to Emmett Egger/Jeff Hawke, 8-6. In the deciding contest, Cal freshman Filip Bergevi and sophomore Mads Engsted beat Michael Chamerski/Wendell Watanabe, 8-7(5), to give Cal a 1-0 lead.
In singles, Cal won the first set on all six courts. Bayane drew first blood with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Hawke on court four. Goransson gave Cal a 3-0 lead with his 6-2, 6-4 result against Gal Hakak on court three. Jayashankar soon clinched on court six to complete Cal’s victory.
Around the match, the Bears celebrated the life of Jim McManus, the late Cal star, as well as the careers of its other alumni on Jim McManus Legends Day. Additionally, Cal hosted a USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day, the University hosted Cal Day and the Cal Band played the National Anthem at Hellman on Saturday, contributing to the large crowd.
“The Cal Band was awesome,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “It’s just so wonderful to have them here (along with) Fuddruckers, McManus Legends Day; all the things that went into today. We had USTA Campus Kids Day. When we get to play in front of a crowd like this it’s so energizing, it’s so emotional.”
Jayashankar echoed his coach’s sentiments: “It was awesome having (the band) out here on Cal Day. I’m sure that brought a lot of fans. And Legends Day is obviously a great day for us. We feed off the crowd. We got a lot of energy at the start of doubles and then again at the start of singles to win all the first sets. I think it was really helpful to have the big crowd.”
Cal closes the regular season at home against Stanford in the Big Slam on April 19.
No. 19 Cal (14-5, 4-2 Pac-12) defeated Washington (10-12, 1-5 Pac-12) – 4-0