BERKELEY – The Pac-12 Conference recognized Lynn Chi for her heroics against UCLA and her play against USC when it named the California sophomore the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday. The Golden Bears – then ranked 12th – won both the match against the Trojans on April 4 and the thrilling come-from-behind result against the Bruins on April 5 at home at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Cal – which leads the Pac-12 with a 7-0 conference record (14-4 overall) – is now ranked sixth in the latest ITA poll. Chi – ranked 43rd in singles last week – is now ranked 35th.
She is the second consecutive Golden Bear to claim conference kudos, following sophomore Klara Fabikova last week.
In singles against UCLA, which was ranked third in the nation in the ITA poll, Chi trailed 5-2 in the third set to the 40th-ranked Kyle McPhillips, while the Bears as a team trailed the Bruins 3-1 overall. But Chi rebounded to force a tiebreaker and eventually defeat McPhillips, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), and complete Cal’s 4-3 victory.
The Cal duo of Chi and senior Anett Schutting – then ranked 60th in doubles – fought hard but fell to UCLA’s top-ranked team of Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady.
One day earlier, Cal blanked the No. 13 Trojans, 4-0, at Hellman, with Chi and Schutting winning in doubles and Chi winning in singles. Cal’s top doubles team trounced USC’s Kaitlyn Christian/Brynn Boren, 8-1, to help the Bears capture the doubles point. Chi beat Christian again in singles, 6-2, 6-2.
This week, the Bears return to the road to play at 47th-ranked Washington State (16-8, 2-5 Pac-12) on Saturday at 9 a.m. and at Oregon (7-11, 1-6 Pac-12) on Sunday at noon.