May 1, 2013
BERKELEY - California's Zsofi Susanyi, Anett Schutting and Klara Fabikova claimed at-large entry into the 64-player NCAA singles tournament that will run from May 16-21 in Urbana, Ill., the NCAA announced on Wednesday. The fifth-ranked Susanyi and eighth-ranked Schutting earned No. 5 and No. 8 seeds, respectively, for the singles tournament, which along with the doubles tournament will take place in Urbana, Ill., from May 22-27 after the conclusion of the NCAA team championship. The NCAA named the Cal pair of Schutting and freshman Lynn Chi - ranked 29th - as an alternate for its 32- team doubles tournament.
Susanyi, a sophomore, brings a 28-5 record to Illinois. Schutting has amassed a 34-13 record and Fabikova, ranked 62nd, has a 35-9 record. Cal's No. 1 singles player to start the season, Susanyi missed some action due to injury, moving Schutting, who had started out as the No. 2, into the top spot for rest of the year. A Tallinn, Estonia, native, Schutting has flourished at court one, posting an 11-5 record on the top court heading into NCAAs. Over the course of the season, she swept USC's ninth-ranked Danielle Lao in two matches and, most recently, reached the semifinals of the Pac-12 singles tournament. In 2012, Schutting advanced to the NCAA singles quarterfinals.
A native of Szeged, Hungary, Susanyi was ranked as high as the co-No. 1 this season. After playing extensively in the fall, she compiled a 9-1 spring record and reached the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament. She has posted impressive wins over top-ranked Lauren Embree of Florida, 6-1, 6-1, second-ranked Sabrina Santamaria (USC), 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, Schutting, 6-0, 6-2, and 18th-ranked Maho Kowase (Texas A&M), 6-0, 6-4. In 2012, Susanyi became the first Bear to reach the NCAA singles semifinals as a freshman, and she also reached the NCAA doubles quarterfinals partnered with former Cal star Jana Juricova.
Fabikova (Brno, Czech Republic) has impressed in her debut season in Berkeley. The Bear has compiled a 7-2 record while mostly playing on court three, though she has played on court two - with a 4-1 record - in her last five dual matches. Her highlights include reaching the Pac-12 quarterfinals - in which she fell to Schutting, 6-2, 6-4 - and beating the likes of No. 29 Kristie Ahn (Stanford), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), No. 32 Zoe Scandalis (USC), 7-6(3), 7-5, and No. 40 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) - the eventual Pac-12 singles champion - 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Chi and Schutting hold an 18-8 overall record, with a 9-6 dual-match record while playing on court one. The Bears reached the Pac-12 semifinals and boast season wins over No. 22 Robin Anderson/Skylar Morton of UCLA, 8-5, No. 32 Paige Miles/Tereza Bekerova, 8-5, and No. 54 Scandalis/Gabriella DeSimone, 8-5.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches, with six matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches, with five matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Cal - an NCAA first- and second-round host from May 10-11 - will open the NCAA team championships against Stony Brook on May 10 in the first round at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Bears needs to win two rounds to advance to the remainder of the team tournament, which runs from May 16-21 in Urbana.