BERKELEY – Sixteenth-ranked California plays at home this week for the first time in over one month when it hosts San Diego State and No. 9 Stanford in the Big Slam at the Channing Tennis Courts. The Golden Bears (5-3 record) will take on the Aztecs (5-7) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and the Cardinal (7-0) at noon on Saturday. Originally scheduled for March 1, the Big Slam was moved to this Saturday, March 8, due to weather concerns.
Cal’s last home match was against San Francisco on Jan. 31, when the Bears routed the Dons, 7-0.
Both Cal and Stanford dropped in the March 4 ITA poll despite not having played last week. Previously, the Bears were ranked 14th, while the Cardinal was ranked fourth.
Scouting the Bears
Five Golden Bears are ranked in the latest ITA singles poll, which came out on Feb. 25
Junior Zsofi Susanyi – who has a 15-7 singles record – has Cal’s highest ranking, moving up two spots to No. 14
Susanyi claimed the Feb. 11 Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, after the Szeged, Hungary, product won all three of her singles matches at the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships
Senior Anett Schutting (14-8) returned to No. 26 after spending the previous two weeks at No. 37; she was ranked 26th in the poll before that one
Cal has one ranked doubles team in the pair of Starr and senior Kelly Chui, which is ranked No. 39
The Chui/Starr team has a 4-2 record that includes an 8-6 upset of the then-fourth-ranked USC duo Zoe Scandalis and Giuliana Olmos in Cal’s last match
This marks Chui’s first ITA national ranking
Former Cal NCAA doubles champion and All-American Amanda Augustus is in her seventh season as head coach of the Bears
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
Cal lost a pair of nonconference matches in Los Angeles to then-No. 2 UCLA, 4-3, and then-No. 9 USC, 6-1. On Feb. 21 at UCLA, then-No. 4 Cal battled back against the second-ranked Bruins after dropping the doubles point to even the match at 2-2. But the Golden Bears eventually lost to the host team, 4-3, at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Cal’s record fell to 5-2, while UCLA’s record improved to 10-1.
Cal senior Anett Schutting – ranked 37th - collected perhaps Cal’s most impressive singles win of the year with a 6-2, 3-6, 1-0(6) victory over the second-ranked Robin Anderson on court one to tie the overall match at 1-1. The win marked Schutting’s first over the UCLA junior.
The Bears made their first appearance of the season on the Pac-12 Networks with the UCLA match.
Playing its second match in two days, Cal lost to No. 9 USC, 6-1, on Feb. 22 at Marks Stadium. Cal junior Zsofi Susanyi – ranked 16th – won her court-two singles match against No. 118 Brynn Boren, 6-3, 6-2, to score the Golden Bears’ point. Cal fell to 5-3 after the nonconference match, while the Trojans improved to 7-2.
Scouting the Aztecs
SDSU had its last scheduled match – March 1 at Arizona – cancelled due to rain in Tucson, Ariz.
The Aztecs lost to then-No. 65 South Florida, 6-1, in its last match on Feb. 27 in San Diego
Two Aztecs are ranked in singles: No. 54 senior Laura Antonaña Iriarte and No. 121 junior Kristin Buth
Peter Mattera is in his 21st year as head coach at San Diego State
Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford is coming off of an impressive 7-0 thrashing of then-No. 5 Florida on Feb. 23 at home
The Cardinal beat then-No. 38 Saint Mary’s, 5-2, on Feb. 20 also at home
Stanford has six ranked singles players in No. 5 Kristie Ahn, No. 21 Taylor Davidson, No. 31 Carol Zhao , No. 32 Caroline Doyle, No. 35 Ellen Tsay, and No. 39 Krista Hardebeck
Stanford has two ranked doubles teams in No. 14 Kristie Ahn/Carol Zhao and No. 37 Ellen Tsay/Taylor Davidson
Lele Forood is in her 14th season as head coach at Stanford
Cal opens the Pac-12 Conference season when it hosts Washington on March 15 at noon.