No.17 California Golden Bears (17-7, 4-3 in Pac-12) vs. No.9 Texas Longhorns (22-5, 4-1 in Big 12)
When: 6 AM PT
Online stream and score: NCAA.com (if weather permits and the match take place outdoors)
The Golden Bears will look to take down another Texas team in the NCAA tournament. Bears had to travel to College Station, TX for the first two rounds where they triumphed over both Texas Tech and host Texas A&M (giving the Aggies their 1st home loss on the season).
On this morning, the Bears face an even higher ranked Texas team in the Texas Longhorns.
Bears have actually already faced the Longhorns once already at the ITA Indoors where Texas was able to win 4-2. From CalBears.com's recap of that match.
The Bears’ pair of senior Ben McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson beat Soren Hess-Olesen Lloyd Glasspool, 6-3, on court one to open doubles. 2: Cal juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton then clinched the doubles point with a 6-5(1) victory over Nick Naumann/George Goldhoff.
Freshman Filip Bergevi gave Cal a 2-0 lead with his 6-2, 6-2 court-three win over George Goldhoff.
But things went downhill from there for the Bears.
McLachlan, ranked 62nd in singles, lost to the 53rd-ranked Hess-Olsesen, 6-2, 6-3, on court one, 69th-ranked seniorCampbell Johnson lost to the 29th-ranked Glasspool, 6-2, 6-3, on court two, No. 118 Goransson lost to Adrien Berkowicz, 6-4, 6-5(3) and, to end the match, Bayane fell to Naumann, 6-5(3), 6-4 on court five. The court-six match between Cal sophomore Mads Engsted and the Longhorns’ David Holiner was abandoned in the third set.
The ITA took place in Houston, so Texas have somewhat of a homecourt advantage. The rematch this time will take place in Athens, Georgia (or Atlanta if it is moved indoors).
No.1: No. 55 Ben McLachlan (Cal Sr)
No.2: Campbell Johnson (Cal Sr)
No.3: Filip Bergevi (Cal Fr)
No.4: Andre Goransson (Cal Fr)
No.5: Gregory Bayane (Cal Jr)
No.6: Nikhil Jayashankar (Cal Jr)
They have a video preview on YouTube that is not particularly insightful, but you can see their players in action and talk about how resilient they are.
From UT's game note :
UT features the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year (Søren Hess-Olesen) and co-Coach of the Year (Michael Center). Søren Hess-Olesen (No. 1 singles) and Nick Naumann (No. 5 singles) both went undefeated (5-0) during Big 12 Conference singles play this season.
Can the Golden Bears upset another Texas team after that thrilling win over Texas A&M (tarnishing their previously 15-0 perfect home record) in the NCAA 2nd round?
GO BEARS! BEAT TEXAS!