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Mikey Wright will represent the Bears in Napa this weekend.
BERKELEY – The California men’s tennis team has sent several Golden Bears to compete in the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco starting Thursday and sends three Bears to play in the Napa Valley Invitational starting Friday. Both tournaments end on Sunday.
Lucas Magnaudet advanced to the Battle in the Bay Classic singles main draw – held at the California Tennis Club – by reaching the main draw singles final at the recent Battle in the Bay Qualifier in Cal. The Bears that join Magnaudet in San Francisco are Ryder Jackson, Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck. Kikuchi and Overbeck join Magnaudet in the main singles draw. Additionally, Magnaudet pairs with Jackson, while Kikuchi and Overbeck team up in the main tag doubles.
Players from various schools – host San Francisco, Cal, Georgia, USC, Pepperdine, Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona, Fresno State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Pacific, San Diego, TCU, UC Santa Barbara, Portland, Hawaii , Stanford and Saint Mary’s – will compete for singles and doubles titles in the 13th edition of the Battle in the Bay Classic.
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Cal will be represented by Alex Chang, John Kim and Mikey Wright at the Napa Valley Invitational, which will take place at the Silverado Resort and Spa. UNLV and San Diego State players will also compete in Silverado
Bears shine in BITB qualifying
Lucas Magnaudet reached the Battle in the Bay Qualifier singles final and advanced to the Battle in the Bay Classic singles main draw when the qualifying tournament came to an end on September 17 in Berkeley. The event was scheduled to end on September 18, but officials ended the tournament a day early due to the forecast of rain.
Magnaudet defeated UNLV sixth seeded Maxim Verboven 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and defeated Stanford seventh seeded Neel Rajesh 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the semifinals. James Watt of Saint Mary’s, the other singles finalist, also advanced to play in San Francisco.
In pairs, the pair Cal de Derrick Chen and John Kim, seeded in second place, won twice on September 17 to reach the final. Chen, a rookie, and Kim, a rookie, defeated Aaron Bailey and Dusan Rsovac of UNLV 8-1 in the quarterfinals and then beat Cal’s duo in their sophomore year. Mikey Wright and UC Davis’ Andrei Volgin, 8-5, in the semifinals. The Bears reportedly faced Saint Mary’s Watt and Thibaud Maxant in the finals after the Gaels took down Magnaudet and Alex Chang in the semifinals, 8-4. With Kim and Chen withdrawn, Maxant and Watt qualified for the Battle in the Bay Classic.
Cal has two ITA preseason rankings, with Yuta Kikuchi at number 62 in singles and the sophomore pair Carl Emil Overbeck and newcomer Siddhant Banthia – a graduate transfer from Wake Forest – ranked 30th in doubles.
The Bears will split the team again next week, when one contingent of Cal will play in the Aggie Invitational (September 30-October 2 at UC Davis) and another will compete in a 15K Futures tournament in New Mexico (September 26-October 1). ). in Albuquerque).
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