March 14, 2013
Saturday, March 16
BERKELEY - Sixteenth-ranked California hosts 12th-ranked Pepperdine in a nonconference dual match at 1 p .m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears (7-5) bring a two-match winning streak - including an upset of then-No. 4 Duke on March 10 - into this weekend's clash with the Waves (10-4).
Scouting the Bears
Scouting the Waves
Gregory Bayane staved off multiple match points before the sophomore delivered a singles win that gave No. 24 California a 4-3 upset win over No. 4 Duke on March 10 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. With all in attendance watching the last match of the day, Bayane beat 70th-ranked Blue Devil Chris Mengel, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(4), on court four.
The Bears won the doubles point when junior Ben McLachlan and freshman Mads Engsted outlasted the No. 9 duo of Michael Redlicki and Jason Tahir, 9-8(5), on court two. The Blue Devils had opened doubles play with its fourth-ranked team of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler defeated Cal's 18th-ranked team of senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt and junior Campbell Johnson, 8-3, on court one. But Cal tied matters when Bayane and sophomore Chase Melton knocked off No. 43 Mengel/Fred Saba, 8-5, with the court two match deciding the point.
Cal fell behind in the match, 2-1, when, in singles play, Tahir beat sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar, 6-1, 6-1, on court six and then No. 44 Hemmeler defeated Engsted on court five, 6-2, 6-3.
The Bears climbed back into the lead at 3-2 when No. 34 Konigsfeldt beat No. 46 Saba, 7-5, 6-1, on court two and then No. 69 Johnson upset No. 31 Redlicki, 7-5, 7-6(7), in a tight match on court three.
McLachlan, ranked No. 56 in singles, took No. 9 Cunha to three sets on court one, but ultimately fell, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, to tie the match at 3-3, before Bayane's heroics on court two handed Cal the victory.