Oct. 1, 2012
Fresh off the Cal Nike Invitational, four Golden Bears next play in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships from Tuesday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Annie Goransson and Tayler Davis begin play on Tuesday in the 64-player field in qualifying singles. Starting Thursday, Zsofi Susanyi and Anett Schutting play in the singles main draw (32 players) and Schutting and Goransson pair up to play in the doubles main draw (24 teams).
Scouting the Bears
Tayler Davis, a senior ranked 31st in singles, is the fifth seed in Pacific Palisades and will play Tulane's 57th-ranked Klara Vyskocilova at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday
Goransson, a senior ranked 42nd, is the tournament's ninth seed and will play Texas A&M's 46th-ranked Sun Wen at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday
Davis ended her Cal Nike Invitational with a win in round-robin consolation singles over Arizona State's Stephanie Vlad, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10), on Sept. 30
Davis ended last season when she fell in the round of 64 at the NCAA Championships
Goransson and Schutting, a junior, are the third-ranked doubles pair in the nation; they won the Gold Flight doubles title at the Cal Nike Invitational over Saint Mary's Jenny Jullien and Audrey Leitz, 8-4
Cal's top pair reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships last May
Schutting ended her singles season last spring when she lost in the NCAA round of 64
Sophomore and fifth-ranked Zsofi Susanyi won the Gold Flight singles title at the Cal Nike Invitational, topping No. 22 Schutting, 6-0, 6-2, in the final
Susanyi became the first Cal freshman to reach the NCAA semifinals last season
Former Cal All-American Amanda Augustus is in her sixth year as head coach at her alma mater
A Look at the Qualifying Singles Field's Top Seeds
North Carolina's Zoe DeBruycker - top seed, ranked No. 26
Duke's Marianne Jodoin - second seed, No. 27
Tennessee's Kata Szekely - third seed, No. 28
South Florida's Ecaterina Vasenina - fourth seed, No. 29
Florida's Sofie Oyen - sixth seed, No. 32
Washington State's Ludmila Vasilieva - seventh seed, No. 33
SMU's Edyta Cieplucha - eighth seed, No. 34
Alabama's Alexa Guarachi - 10th seed, No. 36
Pepperdine's Khunpak Issara - 11th seed, No. 39
Georgia's Maho Kowase - 12th seed, No. 37
Santa Clara's Katie Le - 13th seed, No. 41; lost to Cal's Susanyi in the Cal Nike Invitational Gold Flight semifinals, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
Duke's Hannah Mar - 14th seed, No. 35
UCLA's Pamela Montez - 15th seed, No. 40
Texas A&M's Nazari Urbina - 16th seed, No. 38
Last Time at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
Cal's top-ranked and top-seeded Jana Juricova reached the singles quarterfinal of the 2011 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Tennis Championships only to be upset by 11th-ranked Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State in her third consecutive set tiebreaker, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (1). Cako came up with an 8-6 win in the first-set tiebreaker and stunned Juricova with a 7-1 win in the second-set breaker to earn the upset.
Forty-first ranked Tayler Davis and No. 57 Annie Goransson competed in singles qualifying, with Davis falling in the second round to UCLA's Robin Anderson, 6-3, 6-3, and Goransson dropping a first-round match to South Carolina's No. 68 Diana Stojic, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
The 13th-ranked doubles team of Juricova and Anett Schutting was upended, 8-4, in the doubles consolation quarterfinals to end the Bears' stay at the annual collegiate grand slam tournament. The Cal duo fell to Virginia's ninth-ranked team of Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra, 8-4, after receiving a bye through the first round of the doubles back draw.
In doubles qualifying, Davis-Goransson advanced to the second round, in which the Cal duo lost to the No. 21 team of Courtney Dolehide-Pamela Montez of UCLA, 8-3.
Cal competes in the Saint Mary's Fall Invitational held from Oct. 12-14 in Moraga, Calif.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record-tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal No. 1 Public University in the Country
The University of California is the No. 1-ranked public university in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The faculty has won 22 Nobel Prizes, including nine current members, while 28 alumni have received a Nobel Prize. A National Research Council analysis of U.S. universities concluded that the campus has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country (48 of 52). Cal also has a long commitment to public service, with more than 4,000 students annually doing volunteer work and more than 3,000 Peace Corps participants all-time.