BERKELEY – The 14th-ranked California men’s tennis team has a busy week, as the Golden Bears host No. 51 TCU on Tuesday and then plays in the Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge this weekend in Indian Wells, Calif. Cal (7-2) takes on the Horned Frogs (10-6) in a nonconference match at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Channing Tennis Courts. On Saturday, the Bears play No. 12 Baylor (8-4) at 9 a.m., and then Cal plays No. 30 Tulsa (10-6) on Sunday at noon in Indian Wells.
For the TCU match, live scoring and live streaming are not available from the Channing Tennis courts. Fans can follow the match on Twitter via @CalMensTennis.
Just as at the Hellman Tennis Complex, admission is free at the Channing Tennis Courts for regular-season competition.
Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge
Cal, Baylor, Tulsa and Illinois will take part in the inaugural Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge at the state-of-the-art Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The four-team collegiate event will take place on the final weekend of the BNP Paribas Open.
The Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge is free for patrons with BNP Paribas Open tickets. For more information on the event, please visit the BNP Paribas Open website.
Rankings in this release are based on the March 4 ITA team, singles and doubles polls. The ITA will release its next set of rankings on Tuesday, March 11.
Scouting the Golden Bears
- Cal and TCU have each posted a 2-1 record against their common opponents, as each has beaten San Francisco and Pepperdine and lost to Texas
- Senior Campbell Johnson is tied for 56th in the ITA singles poll and has compiled a 15-6 singles record
- Cal’s No. 1 singles player – senior Ben McLachlan – is ranked 70th in the ITA singles poll and has compiled a 3-4 singles record
- Freshman Filip Bergevi (15-7) is ranked 86th
- The Cal team of McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson (2-2) is ranked 54th in the doubles poll
- Junior Gregory Bayane earned the Pac-12 Player of the Week honor on Jan. 28 after winning two singles and two doubles matches when Cal played in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Pepperdine
- Two proud Cal alumni lead the Golden Bears: Peter Wright (class of ’91) is in his 21st year as head coach, while associate head coach Tyler Browne (class of 2008) is in his sixth year on the staff
Last Time: Engsted, Bergevi Fall in Doubles Final
Mads Engsted and Filip Bergevi ended a long March 2 at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in the final of the tournament at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. The unseeded Golden Bears wound up losing to eighth-seeded Gustavo Gonzalez and Bojan Szumanski, 7-6(4).
Since rain suspended much of the action over the previous two days, several matches took place on March 2 – the last day of the tournament. Bergevi and Engsted played a total of five matches – including the final – that day.
One of those matches was a semifinal victory over seventh-seeded teammates Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton. Bayane and Melton, both juniors, also played in five matches on March 2, ultimately falling 7-6 to their teammates in the semi.
Scouting the Horned Frogs
• In its last match, TCU upset No. 32 Pepperdine, 4-2, on March 9 in Malibu, Calif.
• Junior Nick Chappel is ranked No. 51 in the ITA singles poll
• Junior Facundo Lugones is ranked 93rd
• The TCU doubles team of Chappell and junior Will Stein is ranked 18th
• David Roditi is in his fourth year as head coach of TCU
Scouting the Baylor Bears
• Baylor plays at UCLA on Wednesday before playing Cal in Indian Wells
• The Baylor Bears lost at USC, 5-2, on March 9 in its most recent match
• Cal and Baylor have one common opponent in Virginia; Cal lost 4-0 and Baylor lost 6-1 to the Cavaliers
• Four Bears are ranked in singles: Julian Lenz, who is tied at No. 6, No. 13 Patrick Pradella, No. 18 Diego Galeano and Michael Dornbusch, who’s tied at No. 110
• Baylor is led by 18th-year head coach and director of tennis Matt Knoll
Scouting the Golden Hurricanes
• Tulsa has one common opponent with Cal, which won at Pepperdine, 4-2, while the Hurricanes lost at home to the Waves, 4-3
• The Hurricanes won at TCU in its last match, 4-3, on March 2
• Three Tulsa players are ranked in singles: No. 89 Clifford Marsland, No. 90 Alejandro Espejo and No. 97 Japie De Klerk
• Dylan McCloskey and Clifford Marsland form the nation’s 24th-ranked doubles team
• Vince Westbrook is in his 23rd season as head coach at Tulsa
Cal plays at No. 32 Pepperdine on March 23 in Malibu, Calif.