ATHENS, Ga. – Playing in her first NCAA Singles Championship, California’s Lynn Chi survived longer than her older teammates this postseason when she won in Thursday’s round of 32 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The 24th-ranked sophomore defeated Clemson’s 33rd-ranked Romy Kølzer, 7-5, 6-1, while Golden Bear senior Anett Schutting and junior Zsofi Susanyi lost in the tournament’s second round.
Chi (35-10 record) will play in Friday’s round of 16 against UCLA’s eighth-seeded/eighth-ranked Jennifer Brady at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET. Thursday’s victory marked Chi’s third over Kølzer this season; the Bear also beat the Tiger in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, 6-2, 6-4, on Oct. 1 and in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, 6-4, 6-2, on Feb. 7.
The veteran Schutting (28-13), the Bears’ top-ranked player at No. 18 who was also seeded ninth-16th, fell on Thursday to Virginia’s 32nd-ranked Danielle Collins, 6-3, 6-3, to complete her Cal career. Susanyi (26-10), ranked 23rd, lost to Georgia State’s 22nd-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah, 7-6(3), 6-1.
“Today’s play was highlighted by Lynn chi advancing to the round of 16 and earning All-America status for the first time in her career,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “We’re continuing to take things match by match, and we’ve seen Lynn’s steady progression all season long. I’m happy that she played well today.
“Both Zsofi and Anett ran into players who played quite well today. But I think Anett secured her All-America status and Zsofi with her win yesterday should secure that as well when the final singles rankings come out.”
Players earn ITA All-America honors for claiming a top-16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship, reaching the NCAA singles round of 16 or finishing in the top 20 in the final ITA singles rankings.
Schutting’s result puts an end to her illustrious career as a Golden Bear. Over her first three years at Cal, Schutting earned two All-America honors – one in singles and one in doubles. She ended last season ranked 10th and started this season ranked No. 5 nationally in singles. Last fall, she reached the round of 16 at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. In doubles, Schutting partnered with Chi to play on Cal’s top duo, which was ranked 41st in the most recent ITA poll. Schutting also played a major part in Cal winning its first Pac-12 championship this season, and she led the Bears to the NCAA round of 16 in each of her four years.
“Anett’s had a stellar career,” Augustus said. “She’s been an All-American in singles and doubles and has helped out our team in a wide variety of ways. She’s improved tremendously throughout her career at Cal, on and off the court. She gave her best today. If you look at her stats over four years she’s been unbelievably consistent. She’s been amazingly successful, having been ranked in the top 10 in the country in singles and doubles.”
Susanyi will be Cal’s most experienced player in her senior season in 2014-15. Her career features numerous accolades including two All-America honors in singles and one in doubles, a run to the NCAA singles semifinals in 2012 and top-10 rankings in singles, including a No. 9 ranking to end 2012-13 and a No. 4 ranking to start this season. Also this year, she reached the round of 16 at the Riviera/All-American and the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships, and she ended the fall competing in the USTA/ITA National Indoor National Championships.
“Zsofi’s opponent played well today, but I’m pretty confident she’ll finish this year as an All-American, which she deserves,” Augustus reiterated. “She’s won a lot of matches. I was happy to see her play in every dual match this year. She got healthier and healthier as the season went on, which bodes well for her in her senior season. She’s a leader on the team and her teammates respect her a lot.
“We’re not done yet. But it’s exciting to see how the five of six returning starters build off this history-making year that we had this year.”
NCAA Singles Championship - Round of 32
May 22, 2014, in Athens, Georgia
University of Georgia – Dan Magill Tennis Complex (McWhorter Courts)