ATHENS, Ga. – All three California Golden Bears – Ben McLachlan in the NCAA Singles Championship and the team of Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton in the doubles tournament – won in Thursday’s rounds of 32 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex to advance to Friday’s rounds of 16.
McLachlan, a senior ranked 55th, topped Oklahoma’s 53rd-ranked Andre Harris, 7-5, 6-4.
“Ben played well today in the mid-day heat,” Cal head coach Peter Wright said. “It was quite a battle with Ben breaking to win the first set, 7-5. We knew Harris had been down a match point yesterday, and he still had plenty of fight at the end of the match, but Ben kept his focus, stuck to his game plan,”
He will play Vanderbilt’s 59th-ranked Ryan Lipman on Friday at 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET.
The 28th-ranked tandem of juniors Bayane and Melton upset the seventh-ranked Alabama pair of Becker O’Shaughnessey/Daniil Proskura, who also claimed a fifth-eighth seeding in NCAA doubles. The Bears held off the Crimson Tide team in a first-set tiebreaker before completing a straight-set victory, 7-6(5), 6-4.
“A great win for the Bears in a match punctuated with high-quality serving and some amazing volleys,” Wright said. “There was only one break point, and it was at match point. The Alabama team had an incredible year, but our guys are peaking at just the right time.”
Melton and Bayane will take on N.C. State’s 29th-ranked Ian Dempster/Robbie Mudge in the round of 16 at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET.
May 22, 2014, in Athens, Georgia
University of Georgia - Dan Magill Tennis Complex
Singles Round of 32
No. 55 Ben McLachlan (Cal) def. No. 53 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) – 7-5, 6-4