Cal Opens With Nike Invitational

Bears Host 14 Teams From Friday Through Sunday
By Cal Athletics on Wed, September 25, 2013

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Friday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 29
Cal Nike Invitational
Hellman Tennis Complex & Channing Tennis Courts – Berkeley, Calif.
Coverage: Live Video, Twitter
Admission: Free

BERKELEY – Zsofi Susanyi and Anett Schutting lead a talented California women’s tennis team into the 2013-14 season, as the Golden Bears host their annual Cal Nike Invitational from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29, at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Tennis Courts. A total of 15 teams will play in three flights of singles – Gold, Blue and White - and three flights of doubles – also Gold, Blue and White – in the three-day competition.

This is the field joining the Bears at the Cal Nike Invitational: Armstrong Atlantic State, BYU, UC Davis, Fresno State, Marquette, Nevada, Pacific, Sacramento State, San Jose State, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's and USC.

In last year’s Cal Nike Invitational, Susanyi defeated Schutting, 6-0, 6-2, in the Gold Flight singles final. Schutting and Susanyi claimed ITA singles All-America honors last season and head into this season ranked in the ITA’s preseason top 10, with Susanyi ranked fourth and Schutting ranked fifth.

Scouting the Bears

  • The Bears are coming off of a 2012-13 season in which they reached the NCAA round of 16 and claimed a final ITA team ranking of No. 9
  • Cal had a 19-6 overall record (9-1/2nd place in the Pac-12) last year
  • Susanyi wound up with a No. 9 ITA ranking after last season, which she capped by earning the No. 5 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, reaching the round of 16 and posting a 28-5 overall record
  • Schutting – the No. 8 seed in the NCAA singles tournament – compiled a 34-14 mark last season and was ranked 10th to end the year
  • A product of Tallinn, Estonia, Schutting was the runner-up at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and also reached the Pac-12 singles semifinals
  • Sophomore Klara Fabikova earned a No. 30 ranking after completing the season with a 35-9 record; she's ranked 23rd in this year's ITA preseason poll
  • Sophomore Lynn Chi (36-7) is ranked 44th in the preseason poll and had a final ranking of 57th last spring
  • In doubles, Chi and Schutting, who earned a No. 29 final ranking and an 18-8 record last spring, are currently ranked 11th
  • The duo of Susanyi/Fabikova, which was 42nd last year (14-5 record), is ranked 25th in the preseason poll
  • Former All-American Amanda Augustus (Cal ’99) is in her seventh season as head coach of her alma mater
  • Associate head coach Cordell Ho (Cal ’72) is in his 17th season working with Cal tennis
  • Former Cal head coach Jan Brogan is the Bears’ volunteer assistant coach; the legendary coach led the program for 29 years and retired after the 2006-07 season

Scouting the Field

  • USC features six ranked in the ITA preseason singles poll: No. 1 Sabrina Santamaria, No. 17 Zoe Scandalis, No. 19 Brynn Boren, No. 56 Gabriella DeSimone, No. 86 Kaitlyn Christian and No. 91 Giuliana Olmos
  • The other ranked singles players in the field include the following: No. 20 Katie Le (Santa Clara), No. 22 Jenny Jullien (Saint Mary’s), No. 57 Andrea Ka (San Francisco), No. 90 Megan Heneghan (UC Davis) and No. 119 Michelle Okhremchuk (Nevada)
  • Besides the aforementioned Bears, the doubles teams ranked in the ITA preseason poll include the following: No. 1 Kaitlyn Christian/Santamaria (USC), No. 19 Boren/Zoe Katz (USC), No. 53 Jullien/Danielle Flores (Saint Mary’s), No. 54 Olmos/Scandalis (USC)
  • Armstrong Atlantic State was the NCAA Division 2 champion last season
  • This year’s ITA’s Division 2 rankings have yet to be released
  • Five Pirates from Armstrong Atlantic State earned All-America honors last season: Current seniors Alecksandra Filipovski, Barbara Krtickova and Marlen Hacke earned singles and doubles honors, while current senior Olga Kalodzitsa claimed doubles honors and current junior Clara Perez was a singles All-American

Last Time in the Cal Nike Invitational

Cal’s Zsofi Susanyi and Cecilia Estlander won singles titles and the teams of Anett Schutting-Annie Goransson as well as Estlander-Kelly Chui won doubles crowns as the 2012 Cal Nike Invitational wound to a close on Sept. 30 at the Hellman Tennis Complex and the Channing Tennis Courts.

Susanyi, a sophomore ranked fifth in the nation and seeded No. 1 in this event, defeated second-seeded Schutting, a junior ranked No. 22, in the Gold Flight singles final, 6-0, 6-2. The champion advanced past Santa Clara's 41st-ranked and fourth-seeded Katie Le in the semifinals, 6-2. 5-7, 6-3. Schutting beat Saint Mary's sixth-seeded Jenny Jullien, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, in their semifinal.

Estlander, a sophomore, wound up with the Blue Flight singles title when, after leading Minnesota's Tereza Brichacova, 5-0, the Golden Gopher retired.

Schutting and Goransson - the third-ranked team and top seed in Berkeley – posted a score of 8-4 to win the Gold Flight doubles title over Saint Mary's Jullien and Audrey Leitz. The duo of Estlander and Chui, a junior, won the Blue Flight doubles crown by a score of 8-4 over teammates Tayler Davis and Laura Posylkin.

Next Time

The Bears play in the ITA Women’s All-American Championships from Oct. 1-6 in Los Angeles.


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