Feb. 24, 2013
BERKELEY - Gregory Bayane captured his court-four singles match to lead 12th-ranked California to a 5-2 victory over No. 28 Stanford in Sunday's Big Meet at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears (5-4) rallied in singles after losing the doubles point to the Cardinal (3-5).
"I'm so proud of the fight and passion our guys had out there today," Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We had two starters out in doubles and three in singles, but the intensity of our fight was the same as if all of our starters were in. That's a tough Stanford team we played today. It's always a great match when we play Stanford, and today was no exception."
Cal started the match well, as the 14th-ranked team of senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt and junior Campbell Johnson topped Stanford's John Morrissey and Denis Lin, 8-4, to open doubles play. But the Cardinal picked up wins on courts three - Cal junior Ben McLachlan freshman Wyatt Houghton lost to Maciek Romanowicz/Robert Stineman, 8-4 - and two - Cal sophomores Bayane and Chase Melton fell to Stanford's Nolan Paige/Jamin Ball, 8-6 - to claim the doubles point.
The Bears began singles on a high note, with early success on most of the courts. That included the match on court one, on which 82nd-ranked Ben McLachlan quickly disposed of the 35th-ranked Morrissey, 6-3, 6-0, to tie the team score at 1-1.
"Ben McLachlan found a new gear today in dispatching John Morrissey at No. 1, and all of our guys did a great job of building early leads to help us on five of the six singles courts," Wright added. "After losing the doubles point, things looked bleak, but the team pulled together as they have done so many times in the past, to bring home the win."
Stanford briefly retook the lead, as Houghton fell to the Cardinal's Anthony Tsodikov, 6-4, 6-3, on court six to make the score 2-1.
But the 48th-ranked Konigsfeldt, one of Cal's co-captains, got the Bears back on track with a 6-2, 7-6(2), victory over No. 91 Paige on court two to tie the match at 2-2. Cal sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar followed with a two-set win on five, 6-2, 7-6(5), to move the Bears ahead, 3-2.
When Bayane beat Stanford's Stineman, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, Cal clinched the overall win, 4-2. Cal added another point when No. 61 Johnson beat Romanowicz on court three; after two close sets, Johnson shut out his opponent in the third set to prevail, 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-0, to make the final score, 5-2.
Cal next plays at No. 70 San Diego State on Thursday, Feb. 28.
No. 12 Cal 5, No. 28 Stanford 2
Feb. 24 in Berkeley, Calif.
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2.
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 2, 5, 4, 3.