BERKELEY – California head women’s tennis coach Amanda Augustus was voted the Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday. The Pac-12 also honored senior Anett Schutting and freshman Denise Starr as first-team selections, and sophomore Lynn Chi and junior Zsofi Susanyi as second-team picks. Sophomore Klara Fabikova was an honorable mention selection.
In her seventh year at the helm for the Golden Bears, Augustus guided Cal to a Pac-12 title, a 10th-place ranking in the final ITA team polls and a berth in the NCAA Championship round of 16. Under Augustus’ tutelage, Chi claimed All-America honors as the NCAA singles runner-up. Cal finished with a 20-5 record, including wins over No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Georgia, and No. 3 and eventual NCAA champion UCLA. The Bears also finished the season with a perfect, 10-0 Conference record.
Schutting, who entered the NCAAs ranked No. 18 in the nation, advanced to the second round of the singles tournament. She finished with a 28-13 record her senior season. In her career, Schutting earned two All-America honors – one in singles and one in doubles. She ended last season ranked 10th and started this season ranked No. 5 nationally in singles. Last fall, she reached the round of 16 at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. In doubles, Schutting partnered with Chi to play on Cal’s top duo, which was ranked 41st in the most recent ITA poll. Schutting also played a major part in Cal winning its first Pac-12 championship this season, and she led the Bears to the NCAA round of 16 in each of her four years. Schutting is a three-time all-conference honoree, also garnering first-team honors last season and second-team laurels in 2012.
Starr entered the NCAAs ranked 30th nationally, earning a berth in the NCAA singles tournament in her freshman season as a Golden Bear. She completed her first season in Berkeley with a 21-12 record at No. 1 singles for the Bears.
Susanyi, ranked 23rd nationally, posted a 26-10 record this season. She advanced to the second round of the NCAA singles tournament. Susanyi will be Cal’s most experienced player in her senior season in 2014-15. Her career features numerous accolades including two All-America honors in singles and one in doubles, a run to the NCAA singles semifinals in 2012 and top-10 rankings in singles, including a No. 9 ranking to end 2012-13 and a No. 4 ranking to start this season. Also this year, she reached the round of 16 at the Riviera/All-American and the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships, and she ended the fall competing in the USTA/ITA National Indoor National Championships. Susanyi is a three-time All-Pac-12 honoree, earning first-team laurels in 2012 and 2013.
In NCAA singles play, Chi started a five-match winning streak that included upsets of four higher-ranked opponents, including Michigan's ninth-ranked Emina Bektas in the first round, UCLA's eighth-ranked Jennifer Brady in the round of 16, North Carolina's top-ranked Jamie Loeb in the quarterfinals and Georgia State's 22nd-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah in the semifinals, before falling to Virginia's Danielle Collins in the NCAA title match. Chi finished the season with a team-high 38 singles wins.
Ranked 87th, Fabikova record of 34-10 with a 17-3 mark at No. 5 singles this season. She also posted a 22-10 record, primarily playing with Susanyi at No. 3 doubles. This is Fabikova’s second all-conference accolade. She was a second-team pick last season.
Coach of the Year
Amanda Augustus, California
Singles Player of the Year
Robin Anderson, Jr., UCLA
Freshman/Newcomer of the Year
Jennifer Brady, UCLA
Doubles Team of the Year
Robin Anderson/Jennifer Brady, UCLA
Kristie Ahn, Sr., Stanford *
Robin Anderson, Jr., UCLA *
Jennifer Brady, Fr., UCLA *
Zoë Scandalis, Jr., USC
Anett Schutting, Sr., California
Denise Starr, Fr., California
* - unanimous selection
Lynn Chi, So., California
Desirae Krawczyk, So., Arizona State
Lacey Smyth, Sr., Arizona
Zsofi Susanyi, Jr., California
Chanelle Van Nguyen, Jr., UCLA
Carol Zhao, Fr., Stanford
Tereza Bekerova, Jr., UTAH; Taylor Davidson, Fr., STAN; Klara Fabikova, So., CAL; Krista Hardebeck, So., STAN; Elizaveta Luzina, Jr., WSU; Kyle McPhillips, So., UCLA; Giuliana Olmos, Jr., USC; Sabrina Santamaria, Jr., USC; Stephanie Vlad, So., ASU.