No. 24 Cal Swats Hornets, 5-2
SACRAMENTO - Campbell Johnson's court-three singles win over Sean Kolar clinched No. 24 California's eventual 5-2 victory over Sacramento State, 5-2, on Thursday afternoon at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club. The Golden Bears improved their record to 6-5, while the Hornets fell to 3-7.
Cal won the doubles point after junior Ben McLachlan and freshman Mads Engsted beat Kolar and Tom Miller, 8-3, court two and then sophomores Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton topped Roy Brandys/Henrik Raag, 8-6, on court three. The teams played out the match on court one, as the 18th-ranked duo of Johnson, a junior, and senior co-captain Christoffer Konigsfeldt dropped an 8-6 result to Sacramento State's Aliaksandr Malko/Marek Marksoo.
In singles, the Hornets tied the match at 1-1 when Malko beat No. 34 Konigsfeldt, 6-2, 6-4, on court two. But Cal quickly regained the lead when Bayane beat Brandys, 6-1, 7-5, on court four, and then Engsted topped Niranjan Ram, 6-1, 6-3, on court five to make the score 3-1. Johnson, the 69th-ranked singles player in the nation, secured the team victory with his court-three triumph.
Over on court one, Marksoo picked up his second win of the day when he beat 56th-ranked McLachlan, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10). Cal sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar closed out the match when he prevailed over Tom Miller on court six, 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 (10-3), to make the final score 5-2.
Cal returns to the cozy confines of Hellman Tennis Complex when the Bears host No. 4 Duke at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.