Goransson, Jayashankar Win Singles Crowns
SAN FRANCISCO/SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – California won singles championships in both the northern and southern parts of the Golden State on Sunday, with Andre Goransson winning the Battle in the Bay Classic crown and Nikhil Jayashankar capturing the UCSB Classic title. Goransson, a Golden Bear freshman, made news by upsetting top-seeded senior teammate and 41st-ranked Campbell Johnson at the California Tennis Club, 6-0, 6-2.
In Santa Barbara, Jayshankar, a junior, defeated Alec Adamson of UC Davis when the Aggie, down 5-0 in the first set, retired in the Flight A bracket. Also in Flight A, Cal sophomore Wyatt Houghton played for third place but lost against the Aggies’ James Wade, 5-7, 6-2, (10-4).
Houghton paired with junior Chase Melton in the Flight A doubles final, but the Bears lost to the UC Davis pair of Adamson and Adam Levie, 8-6.
Junior Jordan Smith won the Flight B singles seventh-place match. Smith also beat the Aggies’ Mitch Thorp, 6-4, 6-4, in Flight C singles action.
Smith paired with Thorp in the Flight C doubles round robin, with the UC tandem losing to UCSB’s Filip Karlsson/Erik Johnsson, 8-5.
Cal returns to action in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships slated for Oct. 18-22 in Moraga, Calif.