BERKELEY – Thirteenth-ranked California returns to the Hellman Tennis Complex to host Pac-12 Conference matches against No. 19 Arizona State and No. 29 Arizona. The 10-4 Golden Bears (3-0 in the Pac-12) take on the Sun Devils (16-2, 3-0 Pac-12) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and play the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Pac-12) at noon on Saturday.
Fans can follow the matches via live streaming/stats on CalBears.com.
Cal moved up three spots in the ITA team poll that came out on Tuesday. There are five Bears ranked in the ITA singles poll and three Cal duos ranked in the ITA doubles poll (see below).
Scouting the Bears
- Junior Zsofi Susanyi (21-7 record) holds Cal’s highest singles ranking at No. 14
- Freshman Denise Starr (16-6) and senior Anett Schutting (18-10) are ranked back-to-back at 29th and 30th, respectively
- Sophomore Lynn Chi (21-8) remains at No. 43
- Freshman Maegan Manasse (21-5) jumped from No. 108 to No. 78 this week
- The duo of Manasse and Schutting (10-5) is ranked 43rd in doubles
- Starr and senior Kelly Chui (4-4) are ranked 46th in doubles
- The tandem of Chi and Schutting (8-4) is No. 60
- 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
Scouting the Sun Devils
- Arizona State has won 10 consecutive dual matches
- Stephanie Vlad is ranked 60th in singles
- Desirae Krawczyk is at No. 81 in singles
- The doubles team of Krawczyk and Kassidy Jump is ranked 56th
- ASU’s Sheila McInerney is in her 30th year as head coach
Scouting the Wildcats
- Arizona, which plays at Stanford on Friday, has won seven straight dual matches
- Lacey Smyth is ranked 95th in singles
- Kim Stubbe is ranked 100th
- Vicky Maes is in her 13th year as head coach of Arizona
Zsofi Susanyi lost just one game en route to winning her singles match and securing No. 16 California’s 7-0 victory over No. 64 Colorado on March 23 indoors at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center. Susanyi, a junior ranked 13th in singles, beat the Buffaloes’ Carla Manzi Tenorio, 6-1, 6-0, on court three.
With their fourth consecutive win, the Golden Bears improved their record to 10-4 (3-0 in the Pac-12). Colorado fell to 7-9 (0-5 Pac-12).
The teams played indoors due to inclement weather – it was about 32 degrees with snow and ice on the ground – in the Boulder area.
Cal clinched the doubles point when the team of senior Kelly Chui and sophomore Klara Fabikova beat CU’s Dhany Quevedo/Vitaliya Alkhovik, 8-2, on court three. Freshmen Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr got the first win with an 8-4 result over Julyette Steur/Ashley Tiefel on court one.
The Bears did not lose a set on the day, as Cal quickly clinched the overall match in singles. Starr, ranked 26th, beat Steur, 6-1, 6-3, on court one, Schutting, ranked 30th, defeated Winde Janssens, 7-5, 6-2, on court two and Susanyi posted her victory to make the overall score 4-0.
The teams played out the rest of the matches, with Fabikova beating Tiefel, 6-1, 6-2, on court four, Manasse, ranked 108th, surpassing Quevedo, 6-0, 6-3, on court five and senior Alice Duranteau defeating Alkhovik, 6-2, 6-3, on court six.
Starr bounced back in singles against the Buffs after dropping her court-one match at Utah.
Cal hosts No. 12 USC on April 4 and No. 2 UCLA on April 5 at the Hellman Tennis Complex.