EUGENE, Ore. – Lynn Chi wrapped up the sixth-ranked Golden Bears’ 10th straight dual-match victory, as the sophomore’s singles win completed California’s 4-0 result over host Oregon on Sunday at the Student Tennis Center. Chi defeated Marlou Kluiving, 6-2, 6-0, on court four.
Conference-leading Cal improved its Pac-12 record to 9-0 and 16-4 overall, while the Ducks fell to 7-12 (1-7 Pac-12).
Cal’s 37th-ranked freshman duo of Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr won the first doubles match, beating Oregon’s Marlou Kluiving/Lina Åkesson, 8-1. The Bears captured the doubles point when the pair of senior Kelly Chui and senior Klara Fabikova topped Sofia Hager/Lana Buttner, 8-4. The match between Cal’s 71st-ranked tandem of Chi and senior Anett Schutting and the Ducks’ Nicole Long/Jasmine Minor went unfinished, with the Bears leading 6-2.
“We came out aggressively in the doubles, and all of our doubles teams played well today.” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “I thought Oregon also played quite well in the doubles. There were lots of competitive points. Strategically each team figured out what to do very quickly, and I was pleased because that was what I asked them to do before the match. That got the momentum going in our favor.”
In singles, Fabikova, ranked 94th, doubled Cal’s lead to 2-0 when she defeated Buttner, 6-2, 6-0, on court five. Manasse, ranked 100th, followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win, before the 35th-ranked Chi secured the overall win on court four. The remaining three matches were abandoned.
Cal enjoyed the conditions in Eugene more than at Pullman, Wash., on Saturday, when the Bears beat Washington State. Yesterday’s match began with the temperature in the low 40s, while it was in the 60s in Oregon.
“Definitely much more pleasant conditions than at Washington State,” Augustus said. “By the time it got to singles we raised our game a level. We were only playing to four today, so unfortunately some of the girls did not get to play as many games as they would’ve liked. But we’re really pleased we got another conference win on the road.”
Cal plays its last home match of the regular season on Thursday when the Bears host Sacramento State at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Bears will also celebrate the careers of Chui, Schutting and Alice Duranteau as part of Senior Day.