Second-seeded Virginia eases past Cal and into national quarterfinals
Second-seeded Virginia wasted little time advancing to the national quarterfinals on Thursday, defeating unseeded Cal 4-0 at the University of Illinois.
With the victory, the Cavaliers will move on to face seventh-seeded Tennessee at 1 p.m. ET Saturday.
The No. 65 Cal team of freshman Mads Engsted and junior Ben McLachlan lost to 21st-ranked Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank on Court 2 in the first match to end, Cal sophomores Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton tied the doubles action with an 8-6 upset win against No. 89 Ryan Shane and Julen Uriguen on Court 3, But the No. 26 Cal duo of junior Campbell Johnson and Christoffer Konigsfeldt dropped the deciding match to the fourth-ranked Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger, 8-4, in No. 1 doubles, and the Cavs took the point.
In singles, Virginia won the first set of five of the six matches. Cal senior Riki McLachlan -- playing in just his third match since returning from a long injury absence -- dropped the first match, 6-0, 6-1, to Julen Uriguen on Court 6 to end his career as a Golden Bear. Next, the 86th-ranked Konigsfeldt fell to No. 2 Domijan, 6-2, 6-4, to give UVa a 3-0 lead. The Cavs wrapped up the match when Bayane lost to the 39th-ranked Styslinger, 6-4, 6-1, on Court 4.