Cal men's tennis ran out of magic on Monday afternoon. The underdog Golden Bears fell victim to the defending champs in Virginia.
UVA took the doubles point. They also took the first three completed singles for the sweep.
It was a great run by the Bears in this NCAA tournament. Cal reached the NCAA semifinals for only the first time since 1991.
Florian Lakat and Andre Goransson will competes in the NCAA singles tournament. Lakat with Filip Bergevi will compete in the NCAA doubles tournament.
13 seed Golden Bears have taken out 4th seed TCU 4-3 and 5th seed Ohio State 4-3. No.2 Andre Goransson stepped up to win his deciding match against TCU, saving a break in the process. No.1 Florian Lakat did the same, including having to come from behind in the deciding 3rd set, against Ohio State. Can the Bears find the same magic against top ranked Virginia today? Just as we saw earlier when the top seed Cal Women's got upset by the 12 seed Oklahoma State, anything is possible.
Virginia had an 4-0 win over Florida but was challenged against Oklahoma State earlier in the Round of 16 (I would say that OK State probably has their in-state fans to thank for that). It is entirely possible that the Oklahoma (who is in the other semifinal) fans would throw their support behind our Bears (thinking that we might be an easier opponent than Virginia).
Virginia defeated Oklahoma to win the 2015 NCAA team title. UVA also won the 2013 NCAA team title.
Here is the UVA highlight from their Elite 8 win.
This was their results:
Ryan Shane, who won the NCAA individual title last year, lead the Cavaliers. Some of the Cal Bears probably have faced these UVA players back in the 2014 ITA Indoors tournament. UVA won 4-0 back then.
It's been a wild but fun run for the Golden Bears. Let's see if it will continue to tomorrow.
The link to the live stream is HERE.
Should the Bears find a way to advance, the final will be broadcasted on CBS Sports.
for use in the broadcast of the final. Filip was one of the players who met with CBS pic.twitter.com/HnQZkEydlj— Cal Men's Tennis (@CalMensTennis) May 22, 2016