Cal Chases Pac-12 Title, AQ as Regular Season Ends
BERKELEY – Riding a 10-match winning streak, 10th-ranked California will close out the regular-season home schedule against Sacramento State on Thursday, and then – with the Pac-12 title on the line – the conference-leading Golden Bears will end the regular season on Saturday in the Big Slam at No. 5 Stanford. Prior to the 3 p.m., nonconference match against the Hornets (7-15) on Thursday, the Bears will celebrate the careers of Kelly Chui, Alice Duranteau and Anett Schutting as part of Senior Day at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal (16-4, 9-0 in the Pac-12) then plays the Cardinal (16-1, 8-1 Pac-12) at noon on Saturday.
Live streaming/stats for the Sacramento State match are available here. Fans can also follow the match updates on Twitter @CalWomensTennis. Live streaming/stats for the Stanford match are available here.
If Cal wins Saturday’s match, it would claim the conference team championship as well as the Pac-12’s automatic berth into the NCAA team tournament.
Despite dropping just one point in collecting two conference wins – 4-1 at Washington State on April 12 and 4-0 at Oregon – that boosted Cal’s win streak to 10, Cal dropped four spots in the ITA team poll that came out on Tuesday. There are five Golden Bears ranked in singles and four Cal teams ranked in doubles (see below).
Scouting the Bears
- Junior Zsofi Susanyi (22-9 record) holds Cal’s highest singles ranking at No. 21
- Senior Anett Schutting (22-10) is ranked 23rd
- Sophomore Lynn Chi (26-8) – the April 8 Pac-12 Player of the Week – is ranked 28th
- Freshman Denise Starr (17-8) is ranked at No. 32
- Freshman Maegan Manasse (26-5) is ranked No. 67
- Sophomore Klara Fabikova – the April 1 Pac-12 Player of the Week – has a singles record of 26-9
- The undefeated pair of Manasse and Starr (9-0) is ranked 35th in doubles
- The duo of Schutting and Manasse (10-5) is ranked 45th in doubles
- Starr and Kelly Chui (4-4) are ranked 64th in doubles
- The tandem of Chi and Schutting (10-6) is No. 70
- Former NCAA doubles champion and All-American Amanda Augustus is in her seventh season as head coach at her alma mater
- Associate head coach Cordell Ho, another Cal alum, is in his 17th season on the Cal women’s staff
- Jan Brogan, who retired in 2007 after serving 29 years as the Golden Bears’ head coach, is Cal’s volunteer assistant coach
Scouting the Hornets
- Sacramento State dropped three singles matches and one doubles match to the Bears last fall
- Sophie Lohschedit fell to Alice Duranteau, 6-0, 6-3, in the Cal Nike Invitational quarterfinals, Deimante Bulatovaite lost to Cecilia Estlander in the Cal Nike Invitational round of 32 and Katharina Knoebl dropped a 6-1, 6-3 result to Kelly Chui in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championship consolation round
- In doubles, Lohscheidt/Olivia Boija fell to Denise Starr/Zsofi Susanyi, 8-1, in the regional round of 32
- Dima Hyrnashka is in his eighth year as head coach of Sacramento State
Scouting the Cardinal
- Stanford was the last team to beat Cal – 5-2 in a nonconference dual match on March 9 in Berkeley – before the Bears began their current win streak
- The Cardinals has six singles players and two doubles teams ranked in this week’s ITA polls
- Stanford’s ranked singles players are No. 4 Kristie Ahn, No. 19 Carol Zhao, No. 34 Taylor Davidson, No. 39 Caroline Doyle, No. 41 Ellen Tsay and No. 44 Krista Hardebeck
- The Cardinal’s ranked doubles teams are No. 9 Ahn/Zhao and No. 37 Tsay/Davidson
- Lele Forood is in her 14th season as Stanford’s head coach
Cal competes in the Pac-12 Championships April 23-27 in Ojai, Calif. The conference event consists of singles and doubles tournaments, with no head-to-head team competition.