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Four Bears Start NCAA Tennis Singles Wednesday

May 20, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. – The postseason continues for California Golden Bears Anett Schutting, Zsofi Susanyi, Lynn Chi and Denise Starr when they open play in the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. NCAA singles crowns a champion on Monday, May 26.

This marks the third consecutive year in which Schutting, a senior, and Susanyi, a junior, have received NCAA singles invitations. Chi, a sophomore, and Starr, a freshman, will compete in NCAA singles for the first time. Each Bear is in a different 16-player section of the overall bracket.

By virtue of Schutting being seeded Nos. 9-16, she earned ITA All-America doubles honors. Ranked 18th, she plays Texas A&M’s 56th-ranked Saska Gavrilovska at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET. Schutting brings a 27-12 record into the match with Gavrilovska, who has a 20-7 record.

Starr, ranked, 30th, faces Duke’s 27th-ranked Ester Goldeld also at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET. A talented freshman who plays No. 1 singles for the Bears, Starr has a 21-11 record; Goldfeld is 32-9.

Susanyi and Chi both play at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET on Wednesday. The 23rd-ranked Susanyi (25-9), who reached the NCAA singles semifinals as a freshman, takes on Texas A&M’s 10th-ranked Cristina Stancu (33-8) – a Nos. 9-16 seed.

Chi, ranked 24th, plays Michigan’s ninth-ranked/Nos. 9-16-seeded Emina Bektas. The Bear boasts a record of 33-10; Bektas is 24-3.

Cal freshman Maegan Manasse, ranked 62nd, and the 41st-pair of Schutting and Chi are alternates for the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments, respectively. Each could still earn spots in those tournaments.

The Bears last captured an NCAA singles title in 2011, when Jana Juricova was the national champion, and have won a total of two NCAA singles crowns (Suzi Babos won in 2006). Cal last won an NCAA doubles crown in 2009, when Juricova teamed with Mari Andersson to take the title. Cal head coach Amanda Augustus was a two-time NCAA doubles champ as a player for the Bears; she won in 1998 and repeated in 1999 with Amy Jensen. Jensen won her third straight in 2000 with Claire Curran. Cal, which has collected five NCAA doubles titles, also won in 2003, when the team of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano triumphed.

NCAA Tournament Central Page

Fans can watch every NCAA singles match via live video. For more details, including specific live stream links, schedules and ticket information for the NCAA Championships in Georgia, please visit Georgia’s NCAA Tournament Central page.

Cal Falls to Stanford in NCAA Round of 16

After the rivals won on each other’s home courts earlier this year, it took the neutral site of Georgia Tech and the NCAA round of 16 on May 15 to decide the Big Slam between sixth-seeded/ranked Cal and defending NCAA champion Stanford. The Golden Bears took a 2-0 lead, but after a see-saw battle, Pac-12 champion Cal lost to the 11th-seeded/ranked Cardinal, 4-3, indoors at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex in Atlanta.

Stanford clinched the match when freshman Caroline Doyle held off Maegan Manasse on court six, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(0).

The Bears end the team portion of their season with a record of 20-5, while Stanford improved to 19-2 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. Stanford – the last team to beat Cal, on March 8 in Berkeley – snapped Cal’s dual-match winning streak at 14.

Cal took a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point. First the 83rd-ranked team of junior Zsofi Susanyi and sophomore Klara Fabikova defeated Doyle/Amelia Herring, 8-4, on court three. The 47th-ranked tandem of Manasse and freshman Denise Starr then clinched with an 8-3 victory over the 50th-ranked Taylor Davidson/Ellen Tsay on court two. Stanford’s 10th-ranked Kristie Ahn/Carol Zhao led Cal’s 41st-ranked pair of senior Anett Schutting and sophomore Lynn Chi, 7-5, and had match point on court one when Cal’s win on court two left the court-one battle unfinished.

In singles, Susanyi, ranked 23rd, posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 51 Krista Hardebeck on court two to hand Cal its 2-0 lead.

But the Cardinal won the next two courts to knot the overall match at 2-2. Schutting, Cal’s top-ranked player at No. 18, fell to the 21st-ranked Zhao, 6-2, 6-3, on court three, and then the 30th-ranked Starr lost to the third-ranked Ahn, 6-4, 6-2, on court one.

Fabikova, ranked 87th, put the Bears on the brink of victory at 3-2 with her 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 54 Tsay on court five. But the 24th-ranked Chi dropped her match on court four, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, to the 50th-ranked Davidson to tie things at 3-3, and all eyes moved to court six, where freshmen Manasse and Doyle decided the outcome.

Last Year in NCAA Singles

Under a sunny, Midwest sky, the season ended for Zsofi Susanyi and California, as the Bear lost to Clemson’s Yana Koroleva, 7-5, 7-6(6), in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship round of 16 on May 24 in Urbana, Ill.

The fifth-ranked and fifth-seeded Golden Bear had won five consecutive matches before her run in with the Tigers’ Koroleva, who was ranked 16th and seeded 9-16, at NCAA singles. Susanyi ends her sophomore season as an All-American in singles. She is a two-time singles All-American.

Also in NCAA singles, Klara Fabikova reached the round of 32, while Anett Schutting – seeded and ranked eighth – fell in an upset in the round of 64.