ATHENS, Ga. – Facing their third straight opponent from the state of Texas, this time in the NCAA Round of 16, the 17th-ranked Golden Bears fell to ninth-seeded/ranked Texas, 4-1, on Friday morning at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Filip Bergevi won at No. 3 singles to score California’s lone point.
Cal ends its run in the NCAA team tournament with a 17-8 record, while the Longhorns improve to 23-5. Texas – which also beat the Bears during the regular season – advances to play USC in the quarterfinals.
Texas won the doubles point with wins on courts two and one. First, Cal’s 86th-ranked team of senior Ben McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson fell to the Texas pair of Adrien Berkowicz/George Goldhoff, 8-1, on court two. The Longhorns clinched when Cal’s 28th-ranked team of juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton lost to the 16th-ranked tandem of Søren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool, 8-3, on court one. The court-three match – with Cal freshman Filip Bergevi and sophomore Mads Engsted playing UT’s David Holiner/Jacoby Lewis – was abandoned with the Longhorns leading 6-4.
McLachlan, ranked 55th, faced the 16th-ranked Hess-Olesen at No. 1 singles, and the Longhorn prevailed, 6-4, 6-3, to give Texas a 2-0 lead. Cal junior Nikhil Jayashankar fell to Clement Homs, 6-1, 6-2, on court six to make the score 3-0.
Bergevi beat Berkowicz, 6-3, 6-3, on court three to make the score 3-1.
Cal was close to tying the match at 3-3. The Bears led on court two, as senior Campbell Johnson was up, 7-5, 3-0, against the 40th-ranked Glasspool, and on court five, Bayane won the first set, 6-4, and trailed 4-5 in the second against Nick Naumann.
But Goransson fell to the Longhorns’ 102nd-ranked Goldhoff, 7-5, 6-3, to wrap up the match for Texas.
“The doubles point was critical today, and Texas made a few key shots that put us in a hole,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “Our team did a great job at the start of the singles, and we put Texas on their heels at one point. We stuck to our plan right down to the last point, and we were winning the last two matches.
“I can’t say enough about what a high-quality group of guys we have had this year – I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished at the NCAAs, and I look forward to our players competing in the singles and doubles championships next week.”
The Bears return to action when senior Ben McLachlan and the 28th-ranked team of juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton play, respectively in the NCAA singles and doubles championships next week in Athens.