Cal Saturday Open Thread: M. Tennis, W. Golf, W. Tennis in postseason play, Softball in season finale, Track and Field in Pac-12

Bears are doing their best to earn a NCAA Championships berth today at the NCAA Regional. - Cal Women's Golf Twitter

Plenty of high pressure game action for the Cal sports in postseason this weekend.

With several Cal teams fighting to advance in postseason today, I will lump them all into this post (there will be a separate one for this afternoon's NCAA Women's Water Polo between Cal and Stanfurd at 3:30 PM PT).

Cal Men's Tennis (NCAA First Round vs. Texas Tech)

NCAA 1st round has started for Cal as they take on Texas Tech at College Station, TX (home of the Texas A&M Aggies, Cal's likely 2nd round opponent should they advance).

You can follow the game action and watch the matches here: Aggie Tennis

Bears took the doubles point and have won the 1st set in 5 of the 6 singles. Bears are also leading in 3 of those matches in the second set so this could end really soon.

As I write this post, Campbell Johnson has won in no.2 Singles to give the Bears a 2-0 lead (just need 4). Bears finished Texas Tech off 4-0. Ben McLachlan won 6-4, 6-4 in No.1 singles. Campbell Johnson won 6-3, 6-2 in No.2. Gregory Bayne won 6-3, 6-2 in No.5 singles.

Bears will take on the winner of Texas A&M/Alcorn State (Texas A&M are heavy favorites) tomorrow.

Cal Women's Golf (NCAA Regional - Central)

It's the last day of NCAA Regional action for the Golden Bears in the Central Regional. Bears finished day 2 in second place just 1 stroke behind UCLA and most importantly 7 strokes ahead of the cut (top 8 teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships).

History is on the Bears' side as the Golden Bears have advance to the NCAA in the years when they are not placed in the West Regional. Day 3 has already been underway, while the Bears have slip a bit from the top place they have also gained a slightly bigger margin to make the NCAA Championships.

You can see live scoring here: GolfStatResult

One thing that I missed on Friday's post:

HOLE ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Women's Tennis (NCAA 2nd Round vs. Pepperdine)

After sweeping through Fairleigh Dickinson University 4-0 on Friday, the 6th seed Bears will take on Pepperdine in NCAA 2nd round today with game action starting at noon PT.

You can watch the game action here: CalBears.com

You can read more about the Bears from my open thread yesterday, but with a solid blend of experience and youth (especially good depth to get good consistency in the lower ranked singles), the Bears are in very good shape to make yet another deep run at the NCAA Team Championships.

About Pepperdine:

Scouting the Waves

  • Pepperdine (18-4, 9-0 in the WCC) won the WCC championship by beating Saint Mary’s, 4-2, in the WCC Tournament final on April 26
  • The Waves are riding a 14-match winning streak; they last lost on Feb. 25 at Memphis (4-3)
  • Pepperdine’s ranked singles players are No. 26 Lorraine Guillermo, No. 88 Ale Granillo and No. 124 Matea Cutura
  • In doubles, the pair of Granillo and Guillermo is ranked 75th and the duo of Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang is ranked 78th
  • Pepperdine’s Gualberto Escudero is in his 37th year as head coach

Here are the results from yesterday:

NCAA Championship – First Round

[6] No. 6 California (19-4) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson (13-5) – 4-0

May 9, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif.

Hellman Tennis Complex

Doubles

1: No. 41 Anett Schutting/Lynn Chi (Cal) def. Gisela Castany/Ksenija Tihomirova (FDU) – 8-1

2: No. 47 Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr (Cal) vs. Nicole Chis/Mariya Krachok (FDU) – 5-1 abandoned

3: No. 83 Klara Fabikova/Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. Shreya Pasricha/Manuel Leme (FDU) – 8-0

Cal captured the doubles point

Doubles Order of Finish: 1, 3*.

*Clinched the doubles point

Singles

1: No. 30 Denise Starr (Cal) vs. Ksenija Tihomirova (FDU) – 6-1, 6-1

2: No. 23 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) vs. Shreya Pasricha (FDU) – 6-0, 4-2 abandoned

3: No. 18 Anett Schutting (Cal) def. Nicole Chis (FDU) – 6-2, 3-0 abandoned

4: No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. Gisela Castany (FDU) – 6-1, 6-1

5: No. 62 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. Mariya Krachok (FDU) – 6-1, 6-2

6: Alice Duranteau (Cal) def. Manuel Leme (FDU) – 6-1, 2-0 abandoned

Order of Finish: 4, 5, 1^.

^Clinched the overall match

Cal Softball in season finale

Bears (23-28, 4-17) will close out their 2014 campaign when they host No.8 Washington in Berkeley today.

When: 11:30 AM PT

TV: Pac-12 Bay Area

Bears will honor their 5 seniors in a pre-game ceremony.

Cal Track and Field in Pac-12 Championships

Pac-12 Championships is this weekend near Pullman, Washington. Two Golden Bears are in competition.

Junior Jaci Powell and redshirt senior Andrew Cruikshank will be competing in the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively.

GO BEARS!

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