BERKELEY - Sixteenth-ranked California won the doubles point for the second straight contest and captured all the singles matches to rout No. 19 Tulsa, 7-0, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at the Channing Tennis Courts. Maegan Manasse's singles win clinched the overall victory.
The Golden Bears improved their record to 8-4 after the nonconference match; Tulsa's record is now 12-4.
Freshmen Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr got Cal off to a good start with an 8-2 doubles win over Maria Sant’Anna/Rongrong Leenabanchong on court two. The 80th-ranked tandem of sophomore Lynn Chi and senior Anett Schutting then wrapped up the doubles point with an 8-5 victory over Tulsa’s Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique on court one.
In singles, sophomore Klara Fabikova doubled Cal’s lead to 2-0 by bageling Marcelina Cichon, 6-0, 6-0, on court five. Chi, ranked 43rd in singles, extended the lead to 3-0 with her 6-1, 6-3 win over Leenabanchong on court five. Manasse then clinched the overall win for Cal at 4-0 with a 6-0, 7-5 triumph on court six over Saana Saartienen.
While the teams abandoned the court-three doubles match once Cal won the doubles point, they played out the rest of the singles matches once Cal won the overall competition.
That led to Schutting, ranked 30th, beating Yelena Nemchen, 6-3, 6-3, on court two, and the 26th-ranked Starr defeating Enrique, 6-4, 6-4, on court one. This marked the second consecutive match in which Schutting and Starr have swapped courts, as Schutting previously posted a 3-5 record on court one, while Starr was 2-1 on court two.
“We have a lot of players that can play almost every position on every team,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “It’s a nice problem to have when you’re able to rotate players like we are, having as many ranked players as we do. Obviously we’re looking at what’s our best lineup, our strongest lineup as we move through the season and players improve and get challenged with different matches. I don’t know yet for sure if this is our best lineup, but I think we’re moving in that direction.”
Junior Zsofi Susanyi, Cal’s highest ranked singles player at No. 13, ended the contest with a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(6) win on court three over Renata Kurikova.
Later this week, Cal hits the road to play at No. 27 Utah on Friday and at No. 64 Colorado on Sunday in a pair of Pac-12 Conference matches.
No. 16 Cal (8-4) defeated No. 19 Tulsa (12-4) – 7-0
March 18, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif.
Channing Tennis Courts
Cal captured the doubles point.
Order of Finish: 2, 1*.
1: No. 26 Denise Starr (Cal) def. Isaura Enrique (Tulsa) – 6-4, 6-4
2: No. 30 Anett Schutting (Cal) def. Yelena Nemchen (Tulsa) - 6-3, 6-3
3: No. 13 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. Renata Kuricova (Tulsa) – 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(6)
4: No. 43 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. Rongrong Leenabanchong (Tulsa) – 6-1, 6-3
5: Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. Marcelina Cichon (Tulsa) – 6-0, 6-0
6: No. 108 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. Saana Saartienen (Tulsa) – 6-0, 7-5
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 6^, 2, 1, 3.
^Clinched the overall match