BERKELEY – Riding a 10-match winning streak, 10th-ranked California will close out the regular-season home schedule against Sacramento State on Thursday, and then – with the Pac-12 title on the line – the conference-leading Golden Bears will end the regular season on Saturday in the Big Slam at No. 5 Stanford. Prior to the 3 p.m., nonconference match against the Hornets (7-15) on Thursday, the Bears will celebrate the careers of Kelly Chui, Alice Duranteau and Anett Schutting as part of Senior Day at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal (16-4, 9-0 in the Pac-12) then plays the Cardinal (16-1, 8-1 Pac-12) at noon on Saturday.
Live streaming/stats for the Sacramento State match are available here. Fans can also follow the match updates on Twitter @CalWomensTennis. Live streaming/stats for the Stanford match are available here.
If Cal wins Saturday’s match, it would claim the conference team championship as well as the Pac-12’s automatic berth into the NCAA team tournament.
Despite dropping just one point in collecting two conference wins – 4-1 at Washington State on April 12 and 4-0 at Oregon – that boosted Cal’s win streak to 10, Cal dropped four spots in the ITA team poll that came out on Tuesday. There are five Golden Bears ranked in singles and four Cal teams ranked in doubles (see below).
Sophomore Klara Fabikova – the April 1 Pac-12 Player of the Week – has a singles record of 26-9
The undefeated pair of Manasse and Starr (9-0) is ranked 35th in doubles
The duo of Schutting and Manasse (10-5) is ranked 45th in doubles
Starr and Kelly Chui (4-4) are ranked 64th in doubles
The tandem of Chi and Schutting (10-6) is No. 70
Former NCAA doubles champion and All-American Amanda Augustus is in her seventh season as head coach at her alma mater
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 Hornets
Sacramento State dropped three singles matches and one doubles match to the Bears last fall
Sophie Lohschedit fell to Alice Duranteau, 6-0, 6-3, in the Cal Nike Invitational quarterfinals, Deimante Bulatovaite lost to Cecilia Estlander in the Cal Nike Invitational round of 32 and Katharina Knoebl dropped a 6-1, 6-3 result to Kelly Chui in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championship consolation round