BERKELEY – After a short rain spell delayed play for 95 minutes, 12th-ranked California quickly wrapped up its Pac-12 dual match with No. 13 USC, winning 4-0 on Friday at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Anett Schutting, a Cal senior ranked 30th, beat Gabriella DeSimone, 6-2, 6-2, on court three to clinch the contest. Cal improved its record to 13-4 and to 6-0 in the Pac-12, while USC’s record now stands at 14-5 and 5-1 in the conference.
Today’s win evens the season series at one match apiece, as Cal lost to the Trojans, 6-1, in a nonconference match on Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.
“This is a very good team,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said of USC. “We learned a lot from that match when we lost to them about a month ago down in L.A., especially doubles wise. We’ve been working really, really hard since then to – every week, every match – get a little bit better. I was really impressed with my team and how hard everyone fought. And I think we handled the rain delay well.”
The rain - which lasted 10-15 minutes - hit at 4 p.m., with the Golden Bears and Trojans in the midst of singles. Cal led 1-0 at that point after capturing the doubles point. After the Cal staff worked quickly to dry the courts, successive wins by Lynn Chi, Klara Fabikova and then Schutting gave the Bears the victory.
The Bears quickly won the doubles point. The 60th-ranked team of Schutting and Chi posted an 8-1 win over Kaitlyn Christian/Brynn Boren on court one, and then Cal freshmen Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr beat Giuliana Olmos/Zoë Katz, 8-4, to clinch. The court three match featuring Cal senior Kelly Chui and Fabikova, a sophomore, playing DeSimone/Zoë Scandalis was abandoned.
In singles, Cal was on the verge of winning on two courts when the rain started, as Schutting led DeSimone, 6-2, 5-1, and Chi led Christian, 6-2, 5-2, on court four. Once play resumed at 5:35 p.m., Chi finished her match first, beating Christian, 6-2, 6-2. Fabikova – who led at 6-3, 4-2 when the rain began – followed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 69th-ranked Olmos to make the score 3-0. Schutting then completed her win and Cal’s victory, and the remaining matches went unfinished.
Cal hits the courts again on Saturday when it hosts No. 3 UCLA at noon at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Prior to the match, the Bears will host a free USTA Campus Kids Day event at the Channing Tennis Courts from 10:45-11:45 a.m. tomorrow.