BERKELEY – Ninth-ranked California will continue on its travels and play UNLV on Thursday in San Diego and then take part in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships that run from Friday to Sunday in La Jolla, Calif. The Golden Bears (7-2) take on the Rebels (4-4) in a nonconference dual match at 10 a.m. on the campus of San Diego State. They will then play in the 125th annual doubles tournament that takes place at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.
After its 7-0 rout of then-No. 39 Stanford in the Big Slam on Feb. 22 on the Farm - Cal's first shutout of the Cardinal at Stanford in the modern era of collegiate tennis - Cal remained at No. 9 in the ITA team poll that came out on Tuesday. Cal plays in one of the most talented conferences in the nation, as the Pac-12 features three teams ranked in the top 10 – No. 2 USC, No. 4 UCLA and No. 9 Cal – and six teams ranked overall, including No. 43 Oregon, No. 51 Utah and No. 52 Stanford.
Scouting the Bears
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
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
Scouting the Rebels
UNLV won its first four matches: 6-1 over New Mexico State, 4-1 against Mississippi State, 4-0 vs. Weber State and 4-0 against UC Riverside
The Rebels then evened their record at 4-4 when they lost their next four matches: 5-2 to BYU, 4-3 to San Diego State, 6-1 against Portland and 7-0 at Oregon
UNLV will also play in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships
Owen Hambrook is in his 11th season as head coach of UNLV
Former Cal volunteer assistant coach Zach Warren is in his first year as UNLV’s assistant coach
Pacific Coast Doubles Championships
The Cal team of juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton is tied as the seventh seed, while the Cal duo of seniors Ben McLachlan and Campbell Johnson is tied as the No. 9 seed at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships. Bayane and Melton have a first-round bye and will play the winner of the match between Stanford’s Fawaz Hourani/Walker Kehrer and Olov Nasiel/Mats Eurenius in the round of 64 at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. McLachlan and Johnson will play the pair of Max Mereles/Guilherme Hadlich on Friday at 1 p.m. in the opening round of 128.
Also in the round of 128, the pair of Cal freshmen Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson is slated to play Eddie Acuna and Christopher Topham at 8 a.m. on Friday, while the Cal team of sophomores Mads Engsted and Wyatt Houghton will play the Rice duo of Max Andrews/Adam Gustafsson on Friday at 11 a.m.
More information – including the draw, seeds and more – about the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships can be found on the tournament’s website.
Cal returns from more than one month on the road to host No. 48 TCU on March 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Channing Tennis Courts.