Andre Goransson's win at court-four singles clinched the match.

No. 19 Cal Beats No. 57 Utah 4-0 at Pac-12s

Bears to Play No. 1 USC on Friday at Noon in the Conference Semifinals
By Cal Athletics on Thu, April 24, 2014

OJAI, Calif. – Fourth-seeded California completed a season sweep of fifth-seeded Utah when the 19th-ranked Golden Bears blanked the 57th-ranked Utes, 4-0, on Thursday in the second round of the Pac-12 Championships at Libbey Park. Cal advances to play top-seeded and top-ranked USC on Friday at noon.

Cal beat Utah during the regular season, 4-2, on March 30 in Salt Lake City.

At Pac-12s, the Bears captured the doubles points with wins on courts one and two. Cal’s No. 1 doubles team of juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton – ranked 23rd in this week’s ITA poll – beat the Utah pair of Slim Hamza/Cedric Willems, 8-3, on court one. The 85th-ranked tandem of freshman Andre Goransson and senior Ben McLachlan secured the point with an 8-5 victory over Ben Tasevac/Devin Lane on two. The court-three match featuring freshman Filip Bergevi and sophomore Mads Engsted battling the Utes’ Matt Cowley/Alejandro Medinilla was abandoned, with the Bears leading 6-3.

Senior Campbell Johnson collected the first singles win, beating Tasevac, 6-3, 6-1, on court two to give Cal a 2-0 overall lead. Senior and 61st-ranked Ben McLachlan followed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 84th-ranked Hamza on court one. Freshman Andre Goransson clinched and ended the overall match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Willems on court four.

The remaining matches were abandoned.

With a berth to the final in the balance on Friday, Cal faces a Trojan team that beat the Bears, 4-0, on April 5 in Los Angeles. The Bears have won three of their last four matches heading into the semis.

No. 19 Cal (15-6) vs. No. 57 Utah (14-9) – 4-0

Pac-12 Championships

April 24, 2014, in Ojai, Calif.

Libbey Park


1: No. 23 Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (Cal) def. Slim Hamza/Cedric Willems (Utah)– 8-3

2: No. 85 Andre Goransson/Ben McLachlan (Cal) def. Ben Tasevac/Devin Lane (Utah) – 8-5

3: Filip Bergevi/Mads Engsted (Cal) vs. Matt Cowley/Alejandro Medinilla (Utah) – 6-3 Unfinished

Cal captured the doubles point

Order of Finish: 1, 2*.


1: No. 61 Ben McLachlan (Cal) def. No. 84 Slim Hamza (Utah) – 6-3, 6-2

2: Campbell Johnson (Cal) def. Ben Tasevac (Utah) – 6-3, 6-1

3: Filip Bergevi (Cal) vs. Alejandro Medinilla (Utah) – 7-5, 4-3 Unfinished

4: Andre Goransson (Cal) vs. Cedric Willems (Utah) – 6-4, 6-2

5: Gregory Bayane (Cal) vs. Devin Lane (Utah) – 4-6, 5-2 Unfinished

6: Nikhil Jayashankar (Cal) vs. Matt Cowley (Utah) – 7-5, 2-1 Unfinished

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4^.

^Clinched the overall match


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