BERKELEY -Andre Goransson's singles win against San Francisco gave No. 16 California a 4-0 victory in the Golden Bears' opening dual match of the spring season on Tuesday at the Channing Tennis Courts. A freshman, the 85th-ranked Goransson posted a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over the Dons' Rich Van Hout on court four.
The Bears have a 1-0 record, with the Dons opening 2014 at 0-1.
Cal senior Ben McLachlan opened singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Bernard Saraiva on court one, while freshman Filip Bergevi gave the Bears a 6-1, 6-2 win over Christian Brockstedt on court three.
“It feels great,” McLachlan said of playing in his second collegiate singles match of the season. “And I love dual matches. To get a win to start feels great.”
Cal played at Channing due to the upgrade project currently taking place at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever played here in a match, and I actually enjoyed it,” McLachlan said. “It’s kind of cool. It’s kind of weird not having a scoreboard, but in a way it’s good because you’re not distracted by looking at the score of everyone else’s match.”
The teams experimented with revised scoring in doubles, which included matches ending when one team reached six (instead of the usual eight) points, and did away with warm-ups before the start of both doubles and singles. The changes contributed to the overall match taking less than two hours to complete.
The Cal freshman pair of Goransson and Bergevi won the first match, 6-1, in doubles against USF’s Germain Bahri/Thomas Takemoto on court three. The veteran duo of juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton clinched the doubles point for the Bears with a 6-2 victory over Brockstedt and Timothy Tan on court two. Court-one action – featuring McLachlan and senior Campbell Johnson playing Saraiva/Nils Skajaa – was abandoned.
In singles, after Goransson wrapped up the overall match for Cal, three matches were abandoned.
Earlier in the day, the ITA released its new team rankings, and the Bears moved up one from No. 17.
Cal next competes in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Friday and Saturday in Malibu, Calif. The Bears play No. 33 Alabama at 1 p.m. on Friday, with host No. 12 Pepperdine playing No. 41 San Diego at 10 a.m. The two losing teams play at 10 a.m. the next day in a consolation match, while Friday’s winners play for the championship – and the right to advance to the ITA National Men’s Indoor Championships – at 1 p.m. on Saturday.