BERKELEY – Eighteenth-ranked California heads to Los Angeles for a pair of big conference matches against No. 3 UCLA and No. 2 USC. The Golden Bears bring a 12-3 (2-0 in the Pac-12) record into the match on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against the Bruins (15-2, 2-0 Pac-12). Cal plays the Trojans (20-2, 2-0 Pac-12) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Despite winning its first two Pac-12 dual matches, Cal fell two spots in the April 1 ITA team rankings. UCLA moved up two places, while USC fell out of the top spot. The ITA will release its next set of singles and doubles rankings on April 8.
Gregory Bayane Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
California’s Gregory Bayane claimed his second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor this week, the conference office announced on April1. A junior, Bayane earned his latest accolade for contributing to the Golden Bears’ victory in their Pac-12 opener at Arizona, 4-0, and in their win at Utah, 4-2.
Bayane and doubles partner Chase Melton – who are ranked 14th in the latest ITA poll – improved their overall record to 16-2 and their dual-match record to 6-0 with an 8-3 win over the Wildcats’ Naoki Takeda and Sumeet Shinde on March 28. Bayane also improved his singles record to 16-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Trevor James in Tucson, Ariz. The duo of Bayane and sophomore Wyatt Houghton fell in a tight, 8-6, doubles match in Cal’s 4-2 victory on March 30 at No. 52 Utah. The Meaux, France, native’s singles match against the Utes’ Devin Laine went unfinished.
The Bear – who has garnered both of Cal’s Pac-12 honors this season – also claimed the weekly conference award on Jan. 28 after he won both his singles and both his doubles matches in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Cal’s wins that weekend – over No. 33 Alabama, 4-2, and against host and No. 12 Pepperdine, 4-2 – qualified the Bears for the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships.
Scouting the Bears
- Senior Ben McLachlan, who has a singles record of 5-6, is Cal’s highest ranked singles player at No. 70
- Senior Campbell Johnson (17-8) is ranked 89th
- Juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton are ranked No. 14 in doubles; the tandem is unbeaten (11-0) in dual matches and has a 16-2 overall record
- The 4-4 team of McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson is ranked 67th in doubles
- Cal has won four straight dual matches
- 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 Bruins
- UCLA – the 2013 NCAA runner-up – has five Bruins ranked in singles and one team ranked in doubles
- The following Bruins are ranked in singles: No. 1 Clay Thompson, No. 6 Marcos Giron, No. 33 Mackenzie McDonald, No. 73 Gage Brymer and No. 83 Karue Sell
- The tandem of Giron and McDonald is ranked 21st in doubles
- Billy Martin is in his 21st year as head coach of the Bruins
Scouting the Trojans
- USC won the NCAA team championships from 2009-12
- There are five Trojans ranked in singles and two USC teams ranked in doubles
- No. 3 Ray Sarmiento, No. 12 Yannick Hanfmann, No. 44 Jonny Wang, No. 56 Roberto Quiroz and No. 100 Max de Vroome are ranked in singles
- The duo of Sarmiento and Hanfmann is ranked fifth and the pair of Nick Crystal and Michael Grant is No. 60 in doubles
- Peter Smith is in his 12th season as the Trojans’ head coach
Cal Hosts McManus/Legends Day on April 12
Prior to the start of California’s April 12 home match against Washington, the Golden Bears will celebrate the life and career of late Cal star Jim McManus.
McManus passed away after a two-year battle with cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. A member of both the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame and the USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame, McManus was one of the founding fathers of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). A week before he passed away McManus talked dearly about his love of Cal, his contributions to tennis worldwide, and the book he had then recently published, Tennis History: Professional Tournaments - Winners and Runners Up. McManus, 70 when he passed away, was in the tennis arena for more than 50 years as a player, an administrator and fan of the game.
As a founding member, and member of the original Board of Directors at the ATP in 1972, McManus spent 28 years as an employee with the ATP Tour working in various departments: the ranking system, tournament representation and development, pension plan, player entry department, Senior Tour and alumni services. At Cal, he attained All-America honors in tennis by reaching the 1961 NCAA doubles championship and was an All-American in 1963 as well. Before the advent of the ATP rankings, he was twice ranked in the top 10 of the U.S. singles and was twice No. 2 in doubles (with Bill Hoogs in 1963 and Jim Osborne in 1969). He reached the 1968 U.S. Open semifinals with Osborne.
A native of Northern California, Jim's interest in playing tennis came from his parents. He learned the game at the Berkeley Tennis Club from a series of coaches, the most prominent of whom was Tom Stow, who taught 1938 Grand Slam champion Don Budge. McManus is survived by his wife, Carole, of 30 years, and their two children, Kate and Jordy.
Cal returns to Berkeley to play its final three, regular-season dual matches. The Bears host Oregon on April 11, Washington on April 12 and Stanford on April 19.