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.