Chase Melton and the Bears hope to advance to Houston.

No. 16 Cal Plays in Kick-Off Weekend at Pepperdine

Bears Open With No. 33 Alabama on Friday in Malibu
By Cal Athletics on Thu, January 23, 2014

BERKELEY – Sixteenth-ranked California (1-0) plays No. 33 Alabama (3-0) on Friday at 1 p.m. in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Malibu, Calif. The winner of the four-team event, which includes host and No. 12 Pepperdine (1-0) as well as No. 41 San Diego (0-0), advances to the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships held from Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.

The winners of the two Friday matches – including the Pepperdine-USD match at 10 a.m. – face off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Ralphs-Strauss Tennis Center for the right to play in Houston. Friday’s losing teams play in a consolation match at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Last Time Out

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 Jan. 21 at the Channing Tennis Courts in Berkeley. 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.

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.

Scouting the Bears

  • Senior Campbell Johnson is ranked No. 74 in the ITA singles poll
  • Johnson posted an 11-3 record in the fall, when he held a No. 41 ITA ranking
  • Freshman Andre Goransson is ranked No. 85 in the ITA poll
  • Goransson, the brother of former Cal women’s player Annie Goransson, compiled a 12-3 fall record
  • Senior Ben McLachlan held a No. 27 ITA ranking in the fall
  • McLachlan and sophomore Mads Engsted held a No. 41 ITA preseason doubles ranking
  • Peter Wright (Cal ’91) is in his 21st year as head coach at his alma mater

Scouting the Field

  • Two Alabama players are ranked in the ITA singles poll: No. 14 Daniil Proskura and No. 51 Becker O’Shaughnessy
  • The Alabama pair of Proskura and O’Shaughnessy is ranked No. 57 in doubles
  • Pepperdine also has two ranked singles players: No. 33 Alex Sarkissian and No. 58 David Sofaer
  • USD’s Clarke Spinosa is ranked No. 27 in singles
  • George Husack is in his second year as head coach at Alabama
  • Pepperdine’s Adam Steinberg is in his 12th season as head coach
  • Brett Masi is in his fifth season as San Diego’s head coach

Next Time

Cal hosts Hawaii on Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. and Saint Mary’s on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.


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