April 22, 2013
Tuesday, April 23
2:30 p.m. - No. 7 California (15-5) vs. UC Santa Barbara (14-7)
Robertson Gym Courts - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Last Time vs. UCSB: W, 5-2 (1995)
BERKELEY - Seventh-ranked California ends the regular season with a nonconference match at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. at the Robertson Gym Courts in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Golden Bears (15-5) have won five straight matches heading into the contest with the Gauchos (14-7). After playing UCSB, Cal travels to nearby Ojai - less than an hour's drive from Santa Barbara - to play in the Pac-12 Championships that run from April 24-28.
Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal beat 12th-ranked Stanford, 4-3, on April 19 at the Hellman Tennis Complex to run its dual-match winning streak to five (see below)
The Bears have a 1-0 record against their sole common opponent - Colorado (7-0) - with UCSB
Cal boasts four ranked singles players: No. 5/sophomore Zsofi Susanyi, No. 8/junior Anett Schutting, No. 62/freshman Klara Fabikova and No. 66/freshman Lynn Chi
The Bears have two ranked doubles teams: No. 29 Chi/Schutting and No. 45 Fabikova/Susanyi
Schutting earned the Pac-12 Player of the Week honor on March 26 for her play in wins over Colorado and Utah
Former NCAA doubles champion Amanda Augustus (Cal '99) is in her sixth year as head coach of her alma mater
Scouting the Gauchos
In its last match, UCSB lost at Big West opponent Pacific, 4-3, on April 14 in Stockton, Calif.
Junior Kiersten Meehan and Cal senior Tayler Davis both attended Archbishop Mitty High School
The Gauchos beat Colorado, its lone common opponent with Cal, 4-3
Simon Thibodeau is in his first year as head coach of UCSB
Cal seniors Annie Goransson and Tayler Davis scored the ninth-ranked Golden Bears' last two points to clinch a 4-3 victory over No. 12 Stanford on Senior Day on April 19 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The win marks Cal's first dual-match win over Stanford since 2009 and gave the Bears a second-place finish in the Pac-12.
This also marked the seniors' first win over Stanford in their college careers, though Davis attended that 2009 victory as a high school senior, as well as the two Bears' last regular-season home match. Cal honored its seniors in a pre-match ceremony for all their contributions to the program.
The Pac-12 Networks aired the match, after which Cal's record improved to 15-5 (9-1 in the Pac-12). Stanford now has a 16-4 (8-2 Pac-12) record.
Stanford won two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. First on court one, Cal's 26th-ranked duo of freshman Lynn Chi and Anett Schutting fell to the seventh-ranked pair of Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs, 8-4. The Bears tied doubles play when Davis and junior Kelly Chui beat Natalie Dillon and Krista Hardebeck, 8-4, on court three. The Cardinal secured the point after a tight battle on court two, on which Cal's 41st-ranked team of freshman Klara Fabikova and sophomore Zsofi Susanyi fell to No. 47 Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay, 9-7.
In singles, the 61st-ranked Chi tied the overall score at 1-1 when she beat No. 94 Tan, 6-1, 6-3, on court four, though Stanford reclaimed the lead at 2-1 when No. 20 Gibbs defeated No. 7 Schutting, 6-2, 6-2, on court one. Susanyi, ranked seventh in singles, then tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2, victory over No. 17 Hardebeck on court three.
Davis defeated No. 76 Ellen Tsay, 7-6(1), 6-4, on court four, and then Goransson beat Dillon, 6-2, 7-5, on court five to secure the team triumph at 4-2.
The 55th-ranked Fabikova played in the last match, and fell to No. 34 Ahn, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5, on court two to make the final score 4-3.
Cal competes in the Pac-12 Championships from Wednesday through Sunday, April 24-28, in Ojai, Calif.