BERKELEY – Twelfth-ranked California brings its unbeaten Pac-12 record into huge clashes with No. 13 USC and No. 3 UCLA this week at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears – who have a 12-4 overall record and 5-0 conference mark – host the Trojans (14-4, 5-0 Pac-12) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and host the Bruins (17-1, 5-0 Pac-12) at noon on Saturday.
Cal played each team in nonconference dual matches earlier this season, falling at UCLA, 4-3, on Feb. 21 and losing at USC, 6-1, on Feb. 22.
Campus Kids Day on Saturday
Saturday is also a USTA Campus Kids Day at Cal, with the Golden Bears hosting activities at the Channing Tennis Courts from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Campus Kids Days are great opportunities to expose more junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis varsity team matches. Participants can check out the team, check out the campus and take in the added activities that the coaches have planned for Campus Kids' Day.
If you plan on attending the event at Cal on Saturday, please register here.
Many of the Northern California collegiate campus' participate in USTA Campus Kids' Days. NCAA rules prohibit high school students (grades 9-12) from participating in the extra Kids Day activities, but they can certainly come enjoy the tennis match.
Food and refreshments will be provided. Opportunities to get out on the courts, watch exhibition matches, listen to the coaches talk strategy, contests, raffles, prizes and more! And everything is free!
After beating No. 19 Arizona State, 7-0, and No. 29 Arizona 5-2, Cal moved up one spot from No. 13 in the April 1 ITA poll. USC and UCLA each moved down one place in this week’s poll. The ITA will release its next set of singles and doubles rankings next week on April 8.
California’s Klara Fabikova collected the Pac-12 Player of the Week award this week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. A sophomore, Fabikova earned the conference honor for winning all four of her matches in the Golden Bears’ wins over No. 19 Arizona State, 7-0, and No. 29 Arizona, 5-2.
The duo of Fabikova and senior Kelly Chui also clinched the doubles point in both victories, which improved Cal’s overall record to 12-4 (5-0 in the Pac-12). Against the Sun Devils on March 28, Fabikova and Chui defeated Joanna Smith and Stephanie Vlad, 8-2. They beat the Wildcats’ Akilah James and Susan Mc Rann, 8-4, two days later.
In singles, Fabikova was the first to complete her match on each day and lost just two games total. She overpowered ASU’s Leighann Sahagun, 6-2, 6-0, and then shut out Arizona’s Shayne Austin, 6-0, 6-0.
This award marks Cal’s second of the season, as junior Zsofi Susanyi claimed the honor on Feb. 11.