Cal advanced to the NCAA round of 16, with three Bears reaching the quarterfinals of the individual tournaments.

Cal Ends Season at No. 16 in Final ITA Poll

Bears Also Earn Three All-America Honors at NCAAs
By Cal Athletics on Tue, May 27, 2014

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BERKELEY – In the final ITA team rankings of the 2013-14 season, California finished at No. 16. The Golden Bears earned other end of the year accolades, as Ben McLachlan and doubles partners Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton claimed All-America honors during their respective runs in the recent NCAA championships.

The ITA’s end of the year singles and doubles rankings will come out on June 4.

As a team, the Bears reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Championship, ending the season with a 4-1 loss to ninth-seeded and ninth-ranked Texas. Cal ended the year with a 17-8 overall record, including a 4-3 record and fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference. Other highlights of the season included Cal winning the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Pepperdine to qualify for the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships, reaching the quarterfinals of those indoor championships and upsetting No. 10 Texas A&M, 4-3, in the NCAA round of 32 in College Station, Texas.

McLachlan, a senior ranked 55th in the most recent ITA poll, reached the quarterfinals in the NCAA singles tournament, falling to eventual champion Marcos Giron of UCLA. The second-seeded and second-ranked player, Giron topped McLachlan, 6-1, 6-3. McLachlan – who ended the year with an 11-11 record and completed a fine Cal career in that match – garnered All-America honors for getting into the NCAA singles round of 16.

Bayane and Melton, both juniors, earned their All-America honors for reaching the NCAA doubles quarterfinals. The 28th-ranked Cal duo (20-8 record) likewise lost to the second-seeded and second-ranked eventual NCAA champs, falling to Tennessee’s Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese, 7-5, 6-3.


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