INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Twentieth-ranked California captured the doubles point against No. 12 Baylor, but the Golden Bears ultimately fell, 4-1, to the Bears on Saturday in the Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Cal’s record now stands at 8-3 after the nonconference setback, while Baylor’s record is 10-4.
Today’s match was played as part of the inaugural Oracle event during the BNP Paribas Open professional tournament. Oracle president Mark Hurd played tennis at Baylor. The college competition includes No. 6 Illinois and No. 31 Tulsa.
The Cal team of freshman Filip Bergevi and sophomore Mads Engsted opened the day with an 8-2 win over Baylor’s Julian Lenz/Michel Dornbusch on court three. The 76th-ranked duo of senior Ben McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson then clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory over Diego Galeano/Tony Lupieri on court two.
Bergevi, ranked 117th in singles, lost to Galeano, ranked 31st, 6-3, 6-1 on court three to tie the overall match at 1-1. Cal pushed Baylor the rest of the way before losing three straight three-set matches to the Bears.
On court six, Engsted fell, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, to No. 97 Lupieri to give Baylor a 2-1 lead. McLachlan, ranked 84th, likewise won his first set on court one before dropping a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 result to No. 8 Julian Lenz. Cal junior Gregory Bayane, playing on court five, also won his first set but eventually lost to Mate Zsiga, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, to end the contest.
“We started with a strong performance in doubles, and I feel we played with a lot of poise in singles,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “Our guys did a great job of creating opportunities in singles. In the end, Baylor had to win three tough, three-set matches with our guys fighting hard all the way. We did a good job of maintaining our composure throughout the match and even though we didn’t come out on top today, this match will be one of the building blocks for our future success.”
Cal plays Tulsa on Sunday at noon at the Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge.