MORAGA, Calif. – For the second consecutive season, California won both the singles and doubles titles at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Saint Mary’s to clinch automatic berths to the upcoming USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. On Tuesday, senior Campbell Johnson captured the singles crown and the duo of Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton triumphed in the doubles final at the Gaels’ Korth Tennis Complex.
The three Bears will now compete in the prestigious indoor intercollegiate championships, which traditionally cap the fall season. The indoor tournament is scheduled for Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Johnson, the singles’ second seed who is also ranked 41st in the ITA preseason poll, defeated Pacific’s ninth-seeded Sem Verbeek, 6-1, 6-4, to take the 2013 title. In the doubles final, Bayane and Melton, both juniors, topped Washington’s eighth-seeded Emmett Egger and Jeff Hawke, 8-5. That marked the fifth time in the last six years that a Cal team won the regional doubles championship.
Cal also collected the team trophy for the most number of wins at the regional, an honor that the Bears have also had five of the last six years.
“Campbell did an outstanding job of managing his energy today,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “He played like a veteran, especially when he faced some difficult points in the match. He stuck to his game plan and beat a strong opponent today. He’s really excited about earning his first trip to the national indoors in New York City.
“The first game of the (doubles) match took about 20 minutes before Chase finally held serve, mostly because both teams were playing at such a high level. Greg and Chase returned serve better than their opponents today, and that earned them the break that led to victory. They are really coming into their own as a doubles team.”
Last season, Ben McLachlan won in singles and the pair of Ben and Riki McLachlan won the doubles title at the regional also in Moraga.
“Overall, an outstanding team performance from our guys,” Wright added. “All nine guys won at least one match in the main draw, and several had some of the best performances of their Cal careers. Not to mention we were missing last year’s No. 1 and ITA regional defending champion Ben McLachlan, who didn’t play due to injury. You can see the drive and determination our guys showed out there. For the second year in a row we swept all three trophies: team, singles, and doubles.”