Bears Start Season in Boston
BOSTON – California won a pair of doubles matches and Filip Bergevi claimed his first victory as a collegian on the first day of the Harvard Chowder Fest on Friday at the Beren Tennis Center.
In doubles on Friday, the Golden Bear duo of sophomore Mads Engsted and freshman Andre Goransson defeated Tulsa’s Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo, 8-2, in doubles flight 2, while the Cal pair of junior Chase Melton and sophomore Wyatt Houghton topped the Tulsa team of Carolos Bautista and Daniel Santos, 8-3, in doubles flight 3. Also, in doubles flight 1, the pair of Bergevi and junior Gregory Bayane fell to Tulsa’s Clifford Marsland and Dylan McCloskey, 8-5.
The Bears played the host Harvard Crimson in seven singles matches, including the victory for Bergevi, a freshman, over Shaun Chaudhuri, 6-3, 6-2, in flight 2. Also in singles, Bayane fell to Denis Nguyen, 6-5, 6-1, in flight 1, Engsted lost to Alex Steinroeder, 6-0, 6-2, in flight 3, Goransson dropped a three-set match to Nicky Hu, 6-4, 5-6, 6-3, in flight 4, junior Nikhil Jayashankar also fell in three to Sebastian Beltrame, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, in flight 5, and Houghton likewise lost in three to Andrew Ball, 6-5, 3-6, 6-3.
The Golden Bears played without two of their top players in seniors Ben McLachlan and Campbell Johnson due to injury. McLachlan is ranked 27th in the ITA preseason singles poll and Johnson is ranked 41st in the ITA poll. McLachlan and Engsted also earned a No. 41 ITA preseason doubles ranking.
The three-day tournament continues on Saturday.
Harvard Chowder Fest – Cal Results
Friday, Sept. 13
Beren Tennis Center, Boston, Mass.
11:30 a.m. ET
Doubles Flight 1: Marsland/McCloskey T1 v. F. Bergevi/G. Bayane (Cal 1) 8-5
Doubles Flight 2: De Klerk/Espejo T2 v. M. Engsted/A. Goransson (Cal 2) 8-2
Doubles Flight 3: Bautista/Santos T3 v. C. Melton/W. Houghton (Cal 3) 8-3
Singles Flight 7: J. Sanford Cal 7 v. H. Steer H7 6-0, 6-2
2:15 p.m. ET
Singles Flight 1: D. Nguyen h1 v. G. Bayane (Cal 1) 6-5, 6-1
Singles Flight 2: S. Chaudhuri H2 v. F. Bergevi (Cal 2) 6-3, 6-2
Singles Flight 3: A. Steinroeder H3 v. M. Engsted (Cal 3) 6-0, 6-2
Singles Flight 4: N. Hu H4 v. A. Goransson (Cal 4) 6-4, 5-6, 6-3
Singles Flight 5: S. Beltrame Hv. N. Jayashankar (Cal 5) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Singles Flight 6: A. Ball H6 v. W. Houghton (Cal 6) 6-5, 3-6, 6-3