No. 17 Cal Sweeps No. 41 Texas Tech|
No. 41 Texas Tech fell to No. 17 California in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
May 10, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 17 California came out with strong doubles play and followed with three straight-set singles wins to route No. 41 Texas Tech, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
“I thought Cal was really good today. They were especially strong at the top two positions where I felt we had a chance. I felt pretty confident that we were going to win at three, four and six, but they were just too good at one, two and five – especially at one and two. So, congratulations to them. I’m proud of our team. It was a good season. We’re a very young team and we’ll be back next year.”
California jumped out in doubles play with early breaks on all three courts. The momentum did not stop there, as the Golden Bears won 22 of the 25 games played. Cal’s #86 Andre Goransson and Ben McLachlan cruised to an 8-0 win over Maxime Hinnisdaels and Johann Willems at No. 2. Filip Bergevi and Mads Engsted followed suit with an 8-2 win at No. 3 over Tech’s Carlos DiLaura and Francisco Zambon.
Bayane then gave Cal a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Willems at No. 5. He was followed by Campbell Johnson’s 6-3, 6-2 upset of Tech’s No. 100 Dojas.
Cal closed out the match at No. 1, where No. 55 McLachlan downed No. 60 Soares, 6-4, 6-4.
Matches were abandoned at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 with the victory in hand for the Golden Bears.
Cal advances to play Texas A&M on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen in Athens, Ga.
Texas Tech, which is now 6-7 in first round NCAA Championship matches, closes out the season 13-11.
Soares, who was named second alternate for the NCAA Singles Championships, will now await to see if he will become the 14th Red Raider to advance to the individual championships.
NCAA Championship First Round