BERKELEY – Sixteenth-ranked California (14-5, 4-2 in the Pac-12) ends the regular season when it battles No. 37 Stanford (12-4, 4-2 Pac-12) in the Big Slam on Saturday at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Before the 1 p.m. match, the Golden Bears will honor seniors Campbell Johnson and Ben McLachlan, who will take part in the final regular-season home match of their college careers on Saturday.
This marks the second Cal-Stanford dual match of the season, as the Bears shut out their rival, 7-0, on Feb. 22 in a nonconference match at Stanford.
A live stream of Saturday’s match – which is free to the public – is available on CalBears.com.
Cal improved three spots in moving to No. 16 in Tuesday’s ITA team rankings. This week there are one Bear ranked in singles and two Cal teams ranked in doubles (see below).
Scouting the Bears
Ben McLachlan, who has a record of 6-6, is Cal’s highest ranked singles player at No. 56
Campbell Johnson brings a 17-10 singles record into his last regular-season home match
The pair of juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton is ranked No. 24 in doubles; they have a 16-5 overall record
The tandem of Ben McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson (7-5) is ranked No. 84 in doubles
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
Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford hosts Saint Mary’s on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Maciek Romanowicz is ranked 73rd in singles
John Whitlinger is in his 10th year as Stanford’s head coach
Nikhil Jayashankar posted his first clinching victory of his junior season as the 19th-ranked Golden Bears shut out Washington, 4-0, on April 12 in front of a big crowd at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Jayashankar defeated Michael Chamerski 6-3, 7-5 to end the dual match.
Cal improved its record to 14-5 and 4-2 in the Pac-12, while UW fell to 10-12 (1-5 Pac-12).
The doubles point came down to a tight match on court three after the teams split the other two matches. The Bears first won on court two, as senior Ben McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson upended Viktor Farkas/Max Manthou, 8-6. Cal’s 19th-ranked pair of juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton fell on court one to Emmett Egger/Jeff Hawke, 8-6. In the deciding contest, Cal freshman Filip Bergevi and sophomore Mads Engsted beat Michael Chamerski/Wendell Watanabe, 8-7(5), to give Cal a 1-0 lead.
In singles, Cal won the first set on all six courts. Bayane drew first blood with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Hawke on court four. Goransson gave Cal a 3-0 lead with his 6-2, 6-4 result against Gal Hakak on court three. Jayashankar soon clinched on court six to complete Cal’s victory.
Around the match, the Bears celebrated the life of Jim McManus, the late Cal star, as well as the careers of its other alumni on Jim McManus Legends Day. Additionally, Cal hosted a Campus Kids Day event at the Channing Tennis Courts, the University hosted Cal Day and the Cal Band played the National Anthem at Hellman on Saturday, contributing to the large crowd.
Cal competes in the Pac-12 Championships from April 23-27 in Ojai, Calif.