Gregory Bayane won the top-flight singles title in Santa Barbara last season.

Bears Divide to Play at Battle in the Bay, UCSB

Some Bears Will Compete in the San Francisco Tournament, While Some Play in the UCSB Classic
By Cal Athletics on Thu, October 10, 2013

BERKELEY – California has a busy week as the Golden Bears will play in a total of three tournaments, including the ongoing $100,000 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger. They will also compete in the UCSB Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif., as well as in the Battle in the Bay at the California Tennis Club in San Francisco.

Cal senior Campbell Johnson is playing in the doubles main draw of the Tiburon Challenger on Thursday at the Tiburon Peninsula Club. The Bear is pairing with former Northwest Missouri State player Malcolm Harrison to take on the duo of Australian Carsten Ball and Ukrainian Denys Molchanov.

Last season, Johnson won the consolation singles crown at the Battle in the Bay, defeating Cal Poly's Matt Thomson, 6-7, 7-5, 10-1, in the final. Current Cal junior Gregory Bayane won the singles title in the top flight at the Gauchos’ 2012 tournament, beating UCSB’s Axel Bouillin, 7-5, 6-5, in the final. He almost won in doubles as well with teammate Wyatt Houghton, but the Bears fell in the final to Cal Poly’s Jordan Bridge and Jordan Kepler, 8-3.

Scouting the Bears

  • Cal boasts two players ranked in the ITA preseason singles poll in No. 41 Johnson and fellow senior and 27th-ranked Ben McLachlan
  • Johnson earned wild-card entry into the single main draw in the Tiburon Challenger, losing to pro player Peter Polansky, 6-4, 7-5, in the round of 32
  • In the Tiburon Challenger qualifying singles draw, McLachlan beat Stanford’s Daniel Ho, 6-3, 6-3, in the round of 32 but lost to third-seeded professional player Marcelo Arevalo, 6-4, 6-4
  • Freshman Filip Bergevi posted an impressive victory over another pro – sixth-seeded former UCLA star Dennis Novikov – in the Tiburon Challenger qualifying singles round of 16, with a score of 6-3, 7-6(5)
  • Bergevi fell to top-seeded Philip Bester, 7-4(4), 6-2, another pro, in the following match
  • Bayane fell to Novikov, 6-4, 7-6(4), in the qualifying singles round of 32 in Tiburon
  • In doubles, McLachlan and sophomore Mads Engsted are ranked 41st
  • Johnson and Harrison beat Alan and Andy Chang, 6-2, 7-6(3), to qualify for the doubles main draw in the Tiburon Challenger and beat the same pair again, 6-2, 6-2, in the main draw opening round of 16
  • Peter Wright (class of 1991) is in his 21st season as head coach at his alma mater, while associate head coach Tyler Browne – Cal class of 2008 – is in his sixth year

Scouting the Field in San Francisco

  • The Battle in the Bay Classic will feature some of the best collegiate talent from around the country, including players from the following schools listed with their final ITA rankings from last season (this year’s rankings will be released on Jan. 2): No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 USC, No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 17 Cal, No. 42 Stanford and San Francisco
  • The singles main draw will consist of 32 players and the doubles main draw will feature 16 teams; the draws are not yet available


 Thursday, Oct. 10

-sponsors and guests only-

3:30 p.m.        Sponsors & Player Greeting

4:30 p.m.        Sponsors/Player Pro-Am

6 p.m.  Cocktail Reception

 Friday, Oct. 11

-open to the public-

9 a.m.  First Round Doubles

TBD      First Round Singles

6 p.m.  Alumni Night (free to all USF alumni)

 Saturday, Oct. 12

-open to the public-

9 a.m.  Doubles Quarterfinals

TBD      Singles Quarterfinals

7 p.m.  Pro Exhibition and Dinner (Sponsors, Officials, Members and Participants Only)

 Sunday, Oct. 13

-open to the public-

9 a.m.  Doubles Semifinals

TBD      Doubles Finals, Singles, Consolation, Singles Main Draw

TBD      Closing Ceremonies

Scouting the Field at UCSB

  • UC Santa Barbara, the defending Big West champion, will host players from Cal, UCLA, LMU, UC Davis, UC San Diego, Westmont College and Northern Arizona in the UCSB Classic; the draws are not yet available
  • The tournament will include singles and doubles draws consisting of three flights each played at three different campus venues; Flight A will be played at the Rec Cen Courts, Flight B at Rob Gym and Flight C at the Stadium Road complex near Harder Stadium
  • Marty Davis, the head coach at UCSB, is a Cal alumnus and helped the Bears win a national indoor title in 1980

Next Time

The Bears compete in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships in Moraga, Calif. Last season, Cal’s team of brothers Ben and Riki McLachlan captured the doubles title with an 8-6 victory over Joakim Norstrom and Jesse Kiuru of Saint Mary's. Ben McLachlan also won the singles championship, after a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Santa Clara's John Lamble.


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