ATHENS, Ga. – The California Golden Bears return to the courts this week as Ben McLachlan plays in the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday and the pair of Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton plays in the NCAA Doubles Championship on Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The 64-player singles tournament and the 32-team doubles competition both conclude on Monday, May 26.
McLachlan, ranked 55th, takes on eighth-seeded and eighth-ranked Jared Hiltzik from Illinois in the first round of NCAA singles at noon PT/3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The Cal senior, who will be playing in the third NCAA singles tournament of his career, brings a record of 8-10 into the match; Hiltzik is 31-10.
On Thursday at a time TBA, the 28th-ranked duo of juniors Bayane and Melton plays Alabama’s seventh-ranked Becker O’Shaughnessy and Daniil Proskura, who are among the four tandems seeded Nos. 5-8. The Bears have an 18-7 record; the Alabama team has a 12-9 record.
Cal has won two NCAA singles titles, with E.G. Chandler claiming them from 1925-26. The Bears – who have won nine total NCAA doubles championships – last captured the doubles crown in 1991, when the team of Matt Lucena and Bent-Ove Pederson won. Lucena also won the NCAA doubles title in 1990 with Doug Eisenman.
NCAA Tournament Central Page
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Cal Falls to Texas in NCAA Round of 16
Facing their third straight opponent from the state of Texas, this time in the NCAA Round of 16, the 17th-ranked Golden Bears lost to ninth-seeded/ranked Texas, 4-1, on May 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Filip Bergevi won at No. 3 singles to score California’s lone point. Cal ended its run in the NCAA team tournament with a 17-8 record
Of the Bears playing in NCAA singles and doubles this week, Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton fell to the 16th-ranked tandem of Søren Hess-Olesen/Lloyd Glasspool, 8-3, in doubles on court one, and Ben McLachlan lost to 16th-ranked Søren Hess-Olesen at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-3.
Last Year in NCAA Singles and Doubles
With bad weather in the Midwest delaying the action and moving some matches indoors, Ben McLachlan and Campbell Johnson both completed their matches but lost in the round of 64 at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship on May 22 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center.
McLachlan, ranked 38th in singles, lost to 12th-ranked Blaz Rola of Ohio State, 6-2, 7-6(4), while the 60th-ranked Johnson fell to Oklahoma’s 58th-ranked Guillermo Alcorta, 6-2, 6-4. McLachlan was serving at 3-1 in the second-set tiebreaker when officials moved his match indoors due to the threat of lightning. McLachlan and Rola played the rest of the way indoors as it began raining in Urbana, and the Golden Bear ultimately lost the tiebreaker and the match.
Cal’s 26th-ranked team of Johnson and senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt lost to Auburn's sixth-ranked Daniel Cochran and Andreas Mies in the May 23 round of 32 at the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center. The Cal pair fell, 7-5, 6-1, to end the collegiate career of Konigsfeldt and close the season for Cal.