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