Cal Battles No. 23 UCLA, No. 8 USC at Hellman
Carl Emil Overbeck and the Bears will face UCLA and USC in non-conference action this weekend at Berkeley.
BERKELEY- The California men’s tennis team returns to the courts when the Golden Bears take on No. 23 UCLA and No. 8 USC this weekend at Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal hosts the Bruins on Saturday at 1 p.m. then hosts the Trojans on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Bears are 2-1 in doubleheader heading into Friday’s game. UCLA is also 2-1, while USC is 4-0 heading into Friday’s game at Stanford.
Admission is free to regular season tennis matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Fans can also catch all the action via the Hellman live stream and live scores by clicking here and can follow match updates on Twitter at @CalMensTennis.
Cal Athletics is following all state and local public health guidelines to mitigate risk and support the health and well-being of those who attend Cal athletic events. Under these policies, fans attending outdoor events on campus are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in outdoor spaces. Face coverings are mandatory at all times in indoor spaces (i.e. washrooms) for guests 2 years and older, regardless of immunization status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at the entrances for fans upon request.
People who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who are subject to a quarantine or isolation order should not attend.
These protocols are subject to change based on local, state, and national guidelines.
Scout the Bears
- Lucas Magnaudet won Cal’s last game, a 5-2 win over Saint Mary’s (see below), to move to 12-8 in singles for the season and 6-0 in singles in 2022
- Philippe Hjorth leads the way in singles with a 16-6 record, with Carl Emil Overbeck is right behind with a 14-6 record
- Two pairs of Cal doubles are currently ranked 15th Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck (record 9-3) and No. 58 Kikuchi and Philippe Hjorth (1-1)
- In doubles total, Overbeck is 11-4
- First year head coach Kris Kwinta (UCLA ’08) joined the Bears after being on the USC coaching staff for nine years
- Kwinta staff includes an assistant coach and a former BYU player Francois Sargeant with the volunteer assistant coach and former professional player Jared Donaldson
Scouting the Bruins
- UCLA beat Saint Mary’s, 7-0, Jan. 25, lost to No. 19 Texas A&M, 4-0, on ITA’s launch weekend Jan. 29, and beat Texas Tech , 4-3, in the ITA kick-off weekend consolation match on January 30
- Bruins Alexander Hoogmartens (#41) and Stefan Leustian (#96) are ranked in singles
- Doubles team of Boris Reckow and James Watt earned 2021 All-WCC honorable mention
- Billy Martin is in his 29th year as UCLA head coach
- USC routed UC Davis, 7-0, and Claremont Mudd-Scripps, 7-0, on Jan. 21, beat UC Irvine, 6-1, on Jan. 23 and shut out the No. 24 Harvard, 4-0, Jan. 21. 30 in the ITA Launch Weekend Finals
- Victory over the Crimson qualified the Trojans for the ITA Men’s National Team Indoor Championship
- Five Trojans are ranked in singles: Stefan Dostanic #6, Peter Makk #35, Lodewedijk Westrate #40, Bradley Frye #70 and Samuel Rubell #94.
- In doubles, Dostanic and Frye are ranked 10th, while Dostanic and Rubell are ranked 12th
- Brett Masi is in his third season as USC head coach.
Last time: Bears capture home game opener
Cal won their 2021-22 home opener beating Saint Mary’s 5-2, with Lucas Magnaudet picking up the win on Jan. 22 at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
The game also marked the first home double game and first home win for head coach Kris Kwinta.
Cal took the doubles point with wins on court three – Alex Chang and Mikey Wright beat Felipe Rincon and Diego Jarry, 6-2 – and then on court one – with the 15th-ranked pair of Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck beating James of the Gaels. Watt and Caelan Potts, 7-5. The doubles matches marked the first home games for Cal Chang, Wright, and Overbeck freshmen.
Overbeck gave the Bears a 2-0 singles lead when he beat Jarry, 6-2, 6-1, on court four. Saint Mary’s made it a 2-1 advantage when Watt beat Kikuchi, 6-2, 6-2, on the first court.
Cal senior Philip Hjorth followed with a decisive 6-3, 6-0 win over Potts on court two, then Magnaudet gave the Bears the win by beating Carlos Ramos Membrives, 6-2, 6-3, on court five .
The next time
Cal renews its rivalry with Stanford’s No. 14 when the teams face off Feb. 12 at The Farm.