BERKELEY – Eighth-ranked California competes with the nation’s best talent when it plays Clemson on Friday in the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships scheduled for Feb. 7-10 at the Boar’s Head Tennis Club in Charlottesville, Va. The sixth-seeded Golden Bears (3-0) will take on the Tigers (4-1) at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET on Friday.
There are 16 teams vying for the Division I championship, and along with Cal and Clemson they include No. 2 Florida, defending champion and third-ranked North Carolina No. 4 Georgia, fifth-ranked UCLA, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 9 Miami (Fla.), 10th-ranked Duke, No. 11 Michigan, No. 12 Alabama, No. 14 Virginia, the host of the event, No. 15 Vanderbilt, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 17 Texas.
The top eight teams are seeded. Besides sixth-seeded Cal, that list includes top-seeded Florida, No. 2 UNC, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 UCLA, fifth-seeded USC, No. 7 Duke and eighth-seeded Texas A&M.
The winner of the Cal/Clemson contest will play the winner of the match between third-seeded Georgia and Miami on Saturday.
Last year, also in Charlottesville, the Golden Bears reached the quarterfinal round of the prestigious tournament.
ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships
The Bears remain ranked No. 8 this week, as the ITA will release its next set of women’s team, singles and doubles rankings on Feb. 11.
Scouting the Bears
- Five Bears are ranked in singles and two Cal teams are ranked in doubles
- Freshman Denise Starr holds Cal’s highest ranking at No. 15 (11-1record), junior Zsofi Susanyi is right behind her at No. 16 (11-6), senior Anett Schutting (13-5) is No. 26, freshman Maegan Manasse (13-2) is ranked 31st and sophomore Lynn Chi (14-5) is ranked No. 95
- The duo of Susanyi and sophomore Klara Fabikova (4-2 record) – which hasn’t played together since Oct. 2 – is ranked 18th in doubles, while the team of Susanyi and Starr (7-1) is ranked No. 48
- Previously ranked No. 23 in singles, Fabikova has compiled a 14-5 record this season
- Former NCAA doubles champion and All-American Amanda Augustus is in her seventh season as head coach at her alma mater
- Associate head coach Cordell Ho, another Cal alum, is in his 17th season on the Cal women’s staff
- Jan Brogan, who retired in 2007 after serving 29 years as the Golden Bears’ head coach, is Cal’s volunteer assistant coach
Eighth-ranked Cal remained perfect on the season and on the day as the Golden Bears handed San Francisco its first loss of the season, 7-0, on Jan. 31 at the Channing Tennis Courts. Sophomore Klara Fabikova’s singles win over Andrea Ka clinched the victory for the Bears, who improved their record to 3-0 after the nonconference affair. The Dons now have a 4-1 record.
The USF match marked Cal’s first complete contest at Channing this season, due to the ongoing renovations at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
The Cal duo of senior Anett Schutting and freshman Maegan Manasse drew first blood with a doubles 6-3 victory over Thyra Taune and Sofia Holmberg on court one. Fabikova and sophomore Lynn Chi secured the doubles point with their 6-3 win over Ka and Marina Nikolic on court two. On court three, the Bear pair of junior Cecilia Estlander and senior Kelly Chui added a 6-1 triumph over USF’s Genevieve McCloskey and Milica Hadzi-Tanovic.
Senior Alice Duranteau put together a strong performance on court five, beating Hadzi-Tanovic, 6-1, 6-1, to give Cal a 2-0 lead in the overall match. Schutting, ranked No. 26 in singles, followed with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Taune on court one that pushed the lead to 3-0. On court three, Fabikova trailed in both sets, including 4-3 in the first and 3-2 in the second. But she rebounded to beat Ka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to wrap up Cal’s overall win at 4-0.
Chui contributed a 6-3, 6-1 win over McCloskey on court six to make the score 5-0. The 95th-ranked Chi, who struggled early and trailed Holmberg 4-1 to in the first set, bounced back to beat the Don, 7-5, 6-3. Manasse – ranked 31st in singles – also won 7-5, 6-3 on court four, as she defeated Nikolic to give Cal its 7-0 win. The freshman likewise trailed in the first set, at 5-4, but Manasse won the last three games to take the set.
Last Year at National Indoors
Cal – ranked seventh at the time – thumped No. 16 Michigan, Amanda Augustus’ previous team, 4-0, in the opening round of 16 on Feb. 8 at the 2013 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships. One day later, the Golden Bears fell to No. 6 Georgia, 4-1, in the quarterfinals. Zsofi Susanyi, ranked seventh in singles, beat No. 18 Maho Kowase, 6-0, 6-4, at court one to record Cal’s lone point against the Bulldogs.
The Bears move on to the consolation round, falling to No. 4 USC, 4-1, on Feb. 10. With Cal trailing, 1-0, after losing the doubles point, 109th-ranked Lynn Chi bageled the 56th-ranked Gabriella DeSimone, 6-0, 6-0, to tie the match at 1-1, before the Trojans eventually secured the win.
Scouting the Tigers
- Clemson beat No. 26 Tennessee, 4-0, and No. 55 Fresno State, 4-0, in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend
- The Tigers reached the NCAA round of 16 last season
- Four returning Tigers from last year’s squad have earned singles rankings this season
- Beatrice Gumulya is ranked No. 44 and has a 9-4 singles record this year
- Romy Koelzer is No. 51 has a 10-4 record
- Yana Koroleva (No. 74) also has a 10-4 mark
- Tristen Dewar is ranked 103rd
Cal plays a pair of nonconference dual matches when it takes on No. 5 UCLA on Feb. 21 and No. 6 USC on Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.