CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Down 1-0 after the doubles matches and trailing in court-one singles, eighth-ranked and sixth-seeded California roared back to defeat 13th-ranked Clemson, 4-2, on Friday in the first round of the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships. Zsofi Susanyi secured the victory – and a quarterfinal berth against third-seeded and fourth-ranked Georgia – with a court-four win over the Tigers’ Ani Miao, 6-2, 6-4.
The Golden Bears improved their record to 4-0, while the Tigers fell to 4-2.
The action was tight in doubles. Clemson won first on court three, as Cal sophomores Lynn Chi and Klara Fabikova fell to Jessy Rompies/Ani Miao, 6-3. The Bears captured the court-one match, with senior Anett Schutting and freshman Maegan Manasse beating Beatrice Gumulya/Yana Koroleva, 7-6, to set up court three as the decider. After another tiebreaker, the Cal duo of senior Kelly Chui and freshman Denise Starr lost to Clemson’s Tristen Dewar/Romy Koelzer, 7-6.
“The doubles were good,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “Those last two matches were going on at the same time, and one didn’t finish much before the other. It was great tennis and a great atmosphere. Clemson played quite well in doubles and we did, too. It was a good win for Maegan and Anett at one. Kelly and Denise played well and just a couple points decided things. It was a well-competed and well-thought out match on both sides.”
Clemson took the 1-0 lead into singles.
The court-one match featured the first completed first set in singles, with Schutting, ranked No. 26, falling to Clemson’s 74th-ranked Koroleva, 6-2.
Before that match ended, Cal – led by two sophomores and a freshman – won three matches to take a 3-1 lead. Fabikova beat the 103rd-ranked Dewar, 6-2, 6-2, to tie the overall match at 1-1, and then Chi, ranked 95th, topped Koelzer, 6-4, 6-2, on court three. Manasse, ranked 31st in singles, then captured a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Rompies on court six to give Cal a 3-1 advantage.
Schutting came back to win her second set on a tiebreaker, 7-6(2), but ultimately Koroleva prevailed, 6-2, 6-7(2), 1-0(7), to make the team score 3-2. That left the 16th-ranked Susanyi, Cal’s junior All-American playing on court four, to wrap up the Bears’ victory.
“After losing doubles for the first time this season we rebounded well and quickly,” Augustus said. “We won the first set on five of six courts, and everyone stepped it up and showed what a deep team we have this year.”
Cal plays the Bulldogs at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET on Saturday. Georgia blanked ninth-ranked Miami (Fla.), 4-0, in Friday’s round of 16.
No. 8 Cal (4-0) def. No. 13 Clemson (4-2) – 4-2
ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships Round of 16