SALT LAKE CITY – Sixteenth-ranked California won its third consecutive dual match by topping No. 27 Utah, 6-1, on Friday at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy. The Golden Bears improved to 9-4 (2-0 in the Pac-12), while the Utes fell to 10-5 (2-3 Pac-12).
The Bears won the doubles point and later secured the overall match when sophomore Lynn Chi beat Utah’s Sarah Richter, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, in singles.
Doubles featured a rematch between Cal’s 80th-ranked team of senior Anett Schutting and sophomore Lynn Chi and Utah’s Paige Miles and Tereza Bekerova on court one. The Utes beat the Bears in a close match, 8-7(4), in the ITA Women’s All-American Championships in October. This time the Cal pair won handily, 8-2. Cal freshmen Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr then shut out Luisa Da Rosa/Sarah Richter 8-0 to clinch the doubles point.
“We played some really good doubles today,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “I was really happy to see Anett and Lynn avenge their loss in the fall in the All-American to that No. 1 team from Utah. They played quite well, and the freshmen played very well on court two winning 8-0. We’re starting to get the hang of this doubles-point thing. It creates a different dynamic on this team, starting the singles on a bit of momentum instead of always having to sort of restart.”
Manasse, ranked No. 108 in singles, lifted Cal to a 2-0 lead in the overall match with a 6-2, 6-1 singles win over Luisa Da Rose on court six. Bekerova, ranked 125th, managed to beat the 26th-ranked Starr, 6-3, 6-4, at court-one singles to make the score 2-1.
Sophomore Klara Fabikova returned Cal to its winning ways with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Miles on court five, and then Chi followed with her court-four result over Miles. The 30th-ranked Schutting posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over Sarah Pham, before 13th-ranked Zsofi Susanyi closed the contest with a 6-2, 6-2 court-three win over Callie Craig.
That marked the sixth-straight singles win – the longest current streak for the Bears – for Susanyi, whose score against Craig wasn’t indicative of how challenging that match was.
“Callie is a really good competitor, fighting for every single ball,” Susanyi said. “And the fans were cheering for her really loudly. But I was able to close that out and really focus on the match rather than dealing with the fans doing what they’re doing.”
Cal plays at No. 64 Colorado in another Pac-12 match at 9 a.m. PT on Sunday in Boulder.
No. 16 Cal (9-4, 2-0 Pac-12) defeated No. 37 Utah (10-5, 2-3 Pac-12) – 6-1
March 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah
Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy
Cal captured the doubles point.
Order of Finish: 1, 2*.
1: No. 125 Tereza Bekerova (Utah) def. No. 26 Denise Starr (Cal) – 6-3, 6-4
2: No. 30 Anett Schutting (Cal) def. Sarah Pham (Utah) – 7-5, 6-3
3: No. 13 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. Callie Craig (Utah) – 6-2, 6-2
4: No. 43 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. Sarah Richter (Utah) – 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
5: Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. Paige Miles (Utah) – 6-4, 6-3
6: No. 108 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. Luisa Da Rosa (Utah) – 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 5, 4^, 2, 3.
^Clinched the overall match