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Cal plays the Dons before heading to national indoors in Virginia.
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No. 8 Cal Hosts USF Friday at Channing
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/27/2014

BERKELEY – In between the recent ITA Kick-Off Weekend – in which eighth-ranked California qualified for the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships – and the upcoming national-indoor tournament, the Golden Bears (2-0) welcome San Francisco (4-0) on Friday, Jan. 31, for a nonconference dual match at 1:30 p.m. at the Channing Tennis Courts.

Poll Position

The ITA announces its new team rankings on Wednesday, Jan. 29, and its new singles and doubles rankings on Feb. 11.

Scouting the Bears

  • Cal’s ranked singles players include the following: 15th-ranked freshman Denise Starr, who has posted an 11-1 singles record this year, 16th-ranked junior Zsofi Susanyi (11-6), 26th-ranked senior Anett Schutting (12-5), 31st-ranked freshman Maegan Manasse (12-2) and 95th-ranked sophomore Lynn Chi (13-5)
  • The doubles team of Susanyi and sophomore Klara Fabikova (4-2 record last fall) – which won the top doubles title at the Cal Nike Invitational in September – earned a No. 18 ranking from the ITA, while the pair of Susanyi and Starr (7-1 current record) claimed a No. 48 ranking
  • Last fall featured a few Bear/Don matches: Schutting beat USF’s Andrea Ka, 6-1, 6-1, in the singles quarterfinals and junior Cecilia Estlander defeated the Dons’ Marina Nikolic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, and the Cal Nike Invitational; Starr’s first match as a collegian was a 6-3, 6-0 victory over USF’s Sofia Holmberg USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships’ singles round of 64
  • Previously ranked No. 23 in singles, Fabikova has compiled a 11-5 singles record this season
  • 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

Last Time

Eighth-ranked California needed roughly two hours to defeat 43rd-ranked Washington, 4-0, in the finale of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Jan. 25 in Berkeley and advance to the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships. Freshman and 31st-ranked Maegan Manasse clinched the team victory with a 6-0, 6-2 singles win over the Huskies’ Natalie Coronel on court six at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal improved to 2-0 on the season, while UW’s record stands at 3-1.

The Bears quickly captured the doubles point. The pair of sophomores Lynn Chi and Klara Fabikova topped Washington’s Andjela Nemcevic/Julija Lukac on court three and the 48th-ranked team of Denise Starr and Zsofi Susanyi defeated Natalie Coronel/Grace Ysidora on court two by identical 6-3 scores.

Cal’s depth and talented young players were on full display in singles. Starr, ranked No. 15 in singles, raced out to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Ysidora on court two to give Cal a 2-0 lead in the overall match. Fabikova, a second-year Bear, followed with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Riko Shimizu on court five, before Manasse – ranked 31st – wrapped up the match with her win on court six.

The Bears beat 66th-ranked Santa Clara, 4-0, on Jan. 24 in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to set up their match with the Huskies.

Scouting the Dons

  • USF has captured its first four dual matches of the season, with wins over UC Santa Cruz, 7-0, Sacramento State, 4-3, Cal Poly, 5-2, and, on Jan. 26, UC Santa Barbara, 7-0
  • Thyra Taune is ranked No. 116 in singles
  • Sofia Holmberg earned a win against Cal’s Cecilia Estlander when the latter retired with an injury at 5-2 in the first set of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships’ singles consolation round
  • Hilary Somers is in her 13th year as head coach of the Dons
  • Cristina Visico – a former Golden Bear player (class of 2008) and volunteer assistant coach (2010-11) – is in her second season as a USF assistant coach

Next Time

Cal heads to the Boar's Head Tennis Club in Charlotte, Virginia, for the Feb. 7-10 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships.


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