Feb. 27, 2013
Friday, March 1
1:30 p.m. - No. 9 Cal (4-3) vs. Sacramento State (1-5)
Hellman Tennis Complex - Berkeley
Series Record vs. Sacramento State: 13-0
Last Time vs. Sacramento State: W, 4-0 (5/11/12 in Berkeley)
Coverage: Live Video Stream, @CalWomensTennis on Twitter
Saturday, March 2
Noon - No. 9 Cal (4-3) at No. 26 Stanford (4-2)
Taube Family Tennis Stadium - Stanford, Calif.
Series Record vs. Stanford: 9-66
Last Time vs. Stanford: L, 4-3 (4/21/12 in Stanford, Calif.)
Coverage: Live Scoring/Video, @CalWomensTennis on Twitter
Buoyed by a strong showing against its southern California rivals, ninth-ranked Californian (4-3) takes on Sacramento State (1-5) on Friday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m. at home before battling No. 26 Stanford (4-2) in the Big Slam on Saturday, March 2, at noon down on the Farm.
This Cal-Stanford meeting is a nonconference match; their April 19 match at Cal will be a Pac-12 dual.
The Golden Bears won their last match - a 5-2 victory over then-No. 6 USC - on Feb. 23 after playing well but narrowly falling to then-No. 2 UCLA, 4-3, on Feb. 22; both matches took place at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Scouting the Bears
Cal boasts four players ranked nationally by the ITA in singles, including No. 5 sophomore Zsofi Susanyi, No. 8 junior Anett Schutting, No. 49 freshman Lynn Chi and No. 117 freshman Klara Fabikova
Susanyi was previously ranked as the nation's co-No. 1; an All-American, Susanyi reached the NCAA singles semifinals as a freshman in 2012
The previous time a Cal singles player was ranked No. 1 was in 2011, when former NCAA singles champion Jana Juricova earned that distinction
The following Cal teams are ranked in doubles: No. 26 Susanyi/Fabikova and No. 30 Chi/Schutting
The USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships held last October in Stanford, Calif., featured several Cal-Stanford matchups, including in the singles quarterfinals, in which Cal senior Tayler Davis beat Stanford's Stacey Tan, 6-4, 6-4; Schutting defeated Ellen Tsay, 6-3, 6-3; and Fabikova knocked off Kristie Ahn, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
Ultimately, Schutting fell to the Cardinal's Krista Hardebeck in the singles final, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4)
In the regional doubles final, Davis and senior Annie Goransson lost to Stanford's Stacey Tan/Ellen Tsay, 8-4
Prior to its matches against the southern California schools, Cal reached the quarterfinal round of the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va.
Amanda Augustus is in her sixth year as head coach at her alma mater
Scouting the Hornets
Against the lone common opponent - Fresno State - between Sacramento State and Cal, the Hornets lost, 6-1, in their last match on Feb. 22, while the Bears beat the Bulldogs, 7-0, on Jan. 27
Freshman Jennifer Nguyen earned the Hornets' point against FSU, beating Bianca Modoc, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, in court-four singles
While nine of the Hornets hail from outside the United States, their roster includes one East Bay product in Oakland's Chyna Brown
Dima Hrynashka is in his seventh year as head coach of Sacramento State
Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford has the following ranked singles players: No. 14 Krista Hardebeck, No. 31 Ellen Tsay, No. 48 Kristie Ahn, No. 87 Nicole Gibbs and No. 103 Stacey Tan
Gibbs, a junior, is the defending NCAA singles and doubles champion; she won the doubles title with former teammate Mallory Burdette, whom Gibbs defeated to win the singles title
Gibbs was also the 2012 ITA Player of the Year, Pac-12 Player of the Year and Honda Sports Award winner for women's tennis; she also won the Pac-12 singles crown
Cal and Stanford have one common opponent - Saint Mary's; the Bears trounced the Gaels, 7-0, on Jan. 28, at home, while the then-No. 45 Gaels upset the then-No. 7 Cardinal, 4-3, on Feb. 16 at Stanford
The loss to Saint Mary's marked just the third time since 1999 that Stanford has lost at home
In its last match, Stanford lost at then-No. 4 Florida, 4-2, on Feb. 24
Lele Forood is in her 13 season as head coach of Stanford
Then-No. 7 Cal rebounded from a close loss to defeat then-No. 6 USC, 5-2, on Feb. 23 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The nonconference victory over the Trojans gave the Golden Bears a split with the southern California schools, after a 4-3 setback against No. 2 UCLA one day prior.
Neither co-No. 1 singles player - Cal's Zsofi Susanyi and USC sophomore Sabrina Santamaria - played singles matches, though each played doubles. Susanyi was hampered by an injury sustained against the Bruins, while Santamaria suffered a minor injury in doubles against Cal.
After USC won the doubles point, Cal bounced back to win the match by producing a 5-1 record in singles, with Tayler Davis' court-four win over Kaitlyn Christian, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1, clinching the match for the Bears. With Susanyi out for singles, Schutting played on court one for the second consecutive match, and this time the nation's 12th-ranked player upset the No. 3 player in Lao, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, to make the final score 5-2.
Cal hosts No. 61 Washington State on March 8 and No. 36 Washington on March 9 at the Hellman Tennis Complex.