BERKELEY – Fourteenth-ranked California competes at the home for the first time in a month when it hosts No. 4 Stanford - the defending NCAA champion - in the Big Slam on Saturday at noon. Due to the ongoing renovation work at the Hellman Tennis Complex, the Golden Bears (5-3) and Cardinal (7-0) will clash at the Channing Tennis Courts.
The rivals split their two dual matches last season. The Cardinal won at home, 6-1, on March 2, while the Bears won, 4-3, on April 19 at home.
The Bears play in one of the most talented women’s tennis conferences in the nation in the Pac-12, which has 10 teams ranked in the current poll: No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 USC, No. 14 Cal, No. 24 Washington, No. 29 Arizona State, No. 44 Utah, No. 51 Washington State, No. 54 Colorado and No. 60 Arizona.
Scouting the Bears
- Five Golden Bears are ranked in the ITA singles poll
- Junior Zsofi Susanyi – who has a 15-7 singles record – has Cal’s highest ranking, moving up two spots to No. 14
- Susanyi claimed the Feb. 11 Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, after the Szeged, Hungary, product won all three of her singles matches at the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships
- Senior Anett Schutting (14-8) returned to No. 26 after spending the previous two weeks at No. 37; she was ranked 26th in the poll before that one
- Freshman Denise Starr (12-4) is ranked 28th
- Sophomore Lynn Chi (16-8) jumped from No.66 to No. 43
- Freshman Maegan Manasse (16-4) is ranked 78th
- Cal has one ranked doubles team in the pair of Starr and senior Kelly Chui, which is ranked No. 39
- The Chui/Starr team has a 4-2 record that includes an 8-6 upset of the then-fourth-ranked USC duo Zoe Scandalis and Giuliana Olmos in Cal’s last match
- This marks Chui’s first ITA national ranking
- Former Cal NCAA doubles champion and All-American Amanda Augustus is in her seventh season as head coach of the Bears
- 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 Cardinal
- Stanford is coming off of an impressive 7-0 thrashing of then-No. 5 Florida on Feb. 23 at home
- The Cardinal also beat then-No. 38 Saint Mary’s, 5-2, on Feb. 20 also at home
- Stanford has six ranked singles players in No. 5 Kristie Ahn, No. 21 Taylor Davidson, No. 31 Carol Zhao , No. 32 Caroline Doyle, No. 35 Ellen Tsay, and No. 39 Krista Hardebeck
- Stanford has two ranked doubles teams in No. 14 Kristie Ahn/Carol Zhao and No. 37 Ellen Tsay/Taylor Davidson
- Lele Forood is in her 14th season as head coach at Stanford
Cal hosts San Diego State on March 7 at 1:30 p.m.