No. 7 Cal Closes the Regular Season at UCSB
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/22/2013

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)
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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

Last Time
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.

Next Time
Cal competes in the Pac-12 Championships from Wednesday through Sunday, April 24-28, in Ojai, Calif.