MORAGA, Calif. – With second-seeded Campbell Johnson leading the way, seven Golden Bears advanced into the singles round of 32 in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Friday at Saint Mary’s and the Moraga Country Club. A California senior, Johnson defeated Santa Clara’s Sam Bertram, 6-1, 6-0, in the round of 64.
Johnson, ranked 41st in singles, was one of three seeded Bears – including co-ninth seeded junior Gregory Bayane and freshman Andre Goransson – to earn a first-round or round of 128 bye in the singles tournament. In the round of 64, Bayane topped Portland’s Alex Ferro, 6-2, 6-1, while Goransson beat James Wade of UC Davis, 6-2, 6-2.
Co-17th seeds Mads Engsted and Filip Bergevi, who did not have byes, each won twice on Friday to also reach the round of 32. Engsted, a sophomore, upended Gonzaga’s Joey Brandt, 6-1, 6-2, and Bergevi, a freshman, beat Portland State’s Alec Marx, 6-1, 6-2, in the round of 128. Engsted then followed with a victory over Stanford’s Yale Goldberg, 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0, and Bergevi beat Washington’s Rishabh Raman, 6-2, 6-4.
Junior Nikhil Jayashankar and sophomore Wyatt Houghton also reached the round of 32. Jayashankar opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Gonzaga’s Nick Kamisar and followed with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 victory over 17th-seeded Tuomas Manner of Saint Mary’s. Houghton’s route including victories over Alec Wagner of Saint Mary’s, 6-2, 6-1, and Portland’s 17th-seeded Michael Hukwo, 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-5.
Jack Sanford and Jordan Smith both opened with victories but then fell in the round of 64. Sanford, a junior, topped Sacramento State’s Oliver Anderson, 7-5, 6-3, but dropped a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 decision to Nathan Lewis of Saint Mary’s. Smith, a sophomore, lost his first set but rebounded to beat Pacific’s Lance Ngo, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the round of 128. He fell to Portland’s seventh-seeded Ratan Gill, 6-3, 6-1, in his second match.
Doubles action will begin on Saturday at the regional championships, which conclude on Tuesday.