Sept. 26, 2012
BERKELEY - California women's tennis opens the fall season with the Cal Nike Invitational that runs from Friday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Tennis Courts. The 13-team field includes 80-plus players from Cal, Fresno State, Pacific, UC Davis, BYU, Arizona State, Nevada, Santa Clara, Minnesota, Saint Mary's, San Jose State, Sacramento State and San Francisco for a three-day tournament that will showcase three singles flights, and three doubles flights (Gold, Blue and White).
Most of the action will take place at Hellman, with some matches at Channing. Friday's action will begin at 8 a.m., with Saturday's matches starting at 9 a.m. and Sunday's tennis also beginning at 9 a.m. Each day will begin with doubles competition and end with singles.
The tournament webpage lists the players, draws and each day's results.
Former NCAA champion and current Cal undergraduate assistant coach Jana Juricova won last year's Gold Flight singles title and teamed with current junior Anett Schutting to claim the Gold Flight doubles championship. In her final season as a Golden Bear, Juricova defeated then-junior teammate Tayler Davis, 6-0. 6-0, in the singles final. Juricova/Schutting beat Sacramento State's tandem of Clarisse Baca and Maria Meliuk, 9-7, to hoist the Gold Flight doubles trophy.
Scouting the Field
No. 3 Goransson/Schutting, California - Goransson and Schutting reached the round of 16 in 2012 NCAA doubles
No. 13 Susanyi/Klara Fabikova, California
No. 46 Agrawal/Modoc, Fresno State
Last Time Out
Susanyi later became the first freshman in program history to advance as far as the national singles semifinal. She dropped the match to Stanford's Mallory Burdette, 6-2, 6-2. The young Bear had beaten USC's Sabrina Santamaria in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 7-6(4), with Jana Juricova - the defending 2011 NCAA champ - losing to Stanford's Nicole Gibbs in the same round, 6-2, 7-5.
In NCAA doubles, Jurivoca and Susanyi advanced to the quarterfinals, before succumbing to Georgia's Gilchrist and Gullickson, 6-1, 6-3.
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