Bears Advance in Riviera/ITA All-American
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/05/2012

Oct. 5, 2012

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - California's Zsofi Susanyi and Anett Schutting advanced in singles on the first day of the main draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Thursday at the Riviera Tennis Club, while the pair of Annie Goransson and Schutting lost its first match.

Susanyi, a sophomore seeded second in the main draw, defeated Texas A&M's Cristina Stancu, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round. She is slated to play Georgia's Maho Kowase at 10:45 a.m. on Friday.

"For her first match, she did a really great job," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "She was really moving the ball well and changing up the pace. She got it done in two quick sets, but the points were longer than the score indicated. It was a great start."

Schutting, ranked No. 22, will also play at 10:45 a.m. in the second round, after topping Michigan's sixth-seeded Emina Bektas, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. The Cal junior will meet Kansas State's Petra Niedermayerova on Friday morning.

"It was very exciting for Anett to knock off the sixth seed," Augustus said. "She played some very mentally tough tennis. The Michigan player had a very big serve. Anett had to work very hard to break her, and actually only broke her once in the second and the third after a little bit of a slow start. She played really well, was brave and really went for her shots. Definitely a big win today for Anett."

After a first-round bye, Goransson-Schutting - the third-ranked and third-seeded doubles team - fell to Duke's Beatrice Capra-Hanna Mar, 8-5, in the second round. Now ranked second in the consolation draw, the two Bears will play on Friday against the winner of the Friday morning match between Baylor's Ema Burgic-Jordaan Sanford and USC's Gabriella DeSimone-Zoe Scandalis.

"The match had a bunch of momentum shifts, with one team winning two games and the other team winning two games," Augustus said. "They just didn't quite get on a roll. But we're looking forward to a great day of singles and doubles tomorrow."