BERKELEY – Sixteenth-ranked California plays three matches this week, first hosting No. 19 Tulsa and then playing a pair of Pac-12 Conference matches against Utah and Colorado. The Golden Bears (7-4, 1-0 in the Pac-12) take on the Golden Hurricanes (12-3) at the Channing Tennis Courts at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to play at No. 37 Utah (9-4, 2-2 Pac-12) at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and at No. 62 Colorado (7-8, 0-4 Pac-12) at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Since the ITA will release this week’s rankings on Tuesday, all the rankings in this release are based on last week’s polls.
Scouting the Bears
- Cal has no common opponents with Tulsa
- The Bears have the same two common opponents with Utah and Colorado; the Bears lost at the L.A. schools (4-3 at UCLA, 6-1 at USC), while Utah and Colorado both lost at home to the L.A. powerhouses
- Junior Zsofi Susanyi – who has a 18-7 singles record – has Cal’s highest ranking (No. 13)
- 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
- Freshman Denise Starr (14-5) is ranked 26th
- Senior Anett Schutting (15-10) is ranked No. 30
- Sophomore Lynn Chi (19-8) stayed 43rd
- Freshman Maegan Manasse (18-5) is ranked at No. 108
- The doubles team of Schutting and Manasse (10-5) is ranked 50th
- The pair of Starr and senior Kelly Chui (4-4) is ranked No. 63
- The duo of Schutting and Chi (6-4) is ranked 80th
- 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
Scouting the Golden Hurricanes
- In the first match of its West Coast road trip, Tulsa won at San Jose State, 4-0, on March 16
- Samantha Vickers is ranked 79th in singles
- The duo of Marcelina Cichon and Renata Kurikova is ranked 79th in doubles
- Tulsa’s Dean Orford is in his eighth year as head coach
Scouting the Utes
- Utah hosts Marshall on Tuesday before playing Cal on Friday
- The Utes lost home conference matches to No. 1 UCLA, 5-1, on March 14 and No. 10 USC, 4-1, on March 16
- Tereza Bekerova is ranked 125th in singles
- Mat Iandolo is in his sixth year as head coach of the Utes
Scouting the Buffaloes
- Colorado lost 4-0 Pac-12 matches against USC on March 14 and UCLA on March 16
- The Buffs have just two Pac-12 wins in their short history in the conference, with both wins (over Arizona and Oregon at home) coming last season
- Head coach Nicole Kenneally is in her 15th year at Colorado
Last Time: Cal Routs Washington, 7-0, in Pac-12 Opener
Sixteenth-ranked California remained perfect against No. 42 Washington at the Hellman Tennis Complex, where the Golden Bears dominated the Huskies, 7-0, on March 15 in Cal’s Pac-12 opener. This marked the Bears’ first match at Hellman since Jan. 25, when they also shut out Washington, 4-0.
The previous victory over the Huskies came in the finale of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend and qualified the Bears for the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
This time, Cal did not lose a set to UW in singles, though the Huskies won the court-three doubles match after the Bears had already captured the doubles point. The Bears hadn’t won a doubles point since Jan. 31 against San Francisco. Cal also won two doubles matches against UW – with the third match abandoned – to win the doubles point on Jan. 25.
Cal returns to Berkeley to take on Arizona State on March 28 and Arizona on March 29.