No. 13 Cal Hosts Buffs, Utes This Week
BERKELEY - California returns to Pac-12 Conference play this week, as the 13th-ranked Golden Bears host Colorado and Utah at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Bears (8-4, 2-0 in the Pac-12) - who are on a three-match winning streak - battle the Buffaloes (6-8, 1-3 Pac-12) on Friday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. and then meet the No. 69 Utes (7-5, 1-3 Pac-12) at noon on Saturday, March 23.
In conjunction with the USTA, Cal will host a Campus Kids' Day on Saturday that will include a clinic and other activities at the Channing Tennis Courts prior to the start of the Utah match at Hellman. Campus Kids' Days are designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) from the local community to college tennis.
Registration is free and will take place at the Hellman Tennis complex from 10-10:15 a.m. on Saturday. Campus Kids' Day officials will then walk the participants over to the Channing Tennis Courts, located on top of the Ellsworth Parking Structure on the corner of Channing Way and Ellsworth Street. Kids will take part in drills, games and other activities involving members of the Cal team; parents are welcome to watch the festivities. Those taking part in the Campus Kids' Day will then walk back to Hellman in time to watch the noon match against Utah.
Scouting the Bears
• Cal won at No. 52 San Diego State, 6-1, in its last match on March 17
• The Bears have an 1-2 record against common opponents with Colorado and Utah - Cal lost to USC, 4-1, on Feb. 10, lost to UCLA, 4-3, on Feb. 22 and beat USC, 5-2, on Feb. 23
• Cal's talented roster includes four players who are ranked in singles by the ITA: sophomore Zsofi Susanyi (No. 3), junior Anett Schutting (No. 9), freshman Lynn Chi (No. 57) and freshman Klara Fabikova (No. 108)
• The Bears boast the following ranked doubles teams: No. 20 Susanyi and Fabikova and No. 40 Chi and Schutting
• Cal is one of 13 Division I schools with both its men's and women's teams ranked by the ITA; the Cal men hold a No. 24 ranking in the latest poll
• The April 19 match between No. 13 Cal and No. 15 Stanford in Berkeley will air on the Pac-12 Networks
• Amanda Augustus is in her sixth year as head coach at Cal
Scouting the Buffaloes
• Colorado has lost five of its last six matches heading into its clash with Cal; it's most recent result was a 6-1 loss at UCLA on March 16
• Junior Winde Janssens picked up the lone point vs. the Bruins, upsetting No. 86 Pamela Montez, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(10-5), on court two
• Against its common opponents with Cal, Colorado has an 0-2 record; that includes the 6-1 loss at UCLA and a 7-0 route at USC on March 15
• Nicole Kenneally is in her 14th season as head coach at Colorado
Scouting the Utes
• Utah brings a two-match losing streak into Saturday's match with Cal
• Those two losses - 6-1 at UCLA on March 15 and 7-0 at USC on March 16 - give the Utes a 0-2 record against common opponents with Cal
• The ITA ranks Tereza Bekerova No. 70 in singles
• In doubles, the ITA ranks the team of Bekerova and Paige Miles at No. 21
• Matt Iandolo is in his sixth year as Utah's head coach
Fifteenth-ranked California won its third straight dual match when the Golden Bears defeated No. 52 San Diego State, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Aztec Tennis Center. Cal improved its record to 8-4, while the Aztecs fell to 7-4.
The Bears two of three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point. The 40th-ranked team of freshman Lynn Chi and junior Anett Schutting knocked off SDSU's Laura Antonana Iriarte and Michela Casanova, 8-2, on court one to start the day. But Cal freshman Klara Fabikova and junior Kelly Chui fell to the Aztecs' Julia Wais/Kristin Buth, 8-5, on court two to tie the proceedings. The senior duo of Tayler Davis and Annie Goransson won the doubles point by beating Isabelle Hoorn/Alicia Aguilar, 8-6, on court three.
In singles on court six, Goransson shut out Casanova, 6-0, 6-0, to give Cal a 2-0 lead. On court two, No. 108 Fabikova topped Aguilar, 6-2, 6-4, to give Cal a 3-0 lead, but SDSU got on the board when Chui lost to Tami Nguyen on court five, 6-4, 6-1, to make the score 3-1.
But that was the last win for the Aztecs, as Cal swept the final three matches: No. 57 Chi beat Antonana Iriarte, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, on court three; Davis beat Buth, 7-6(4), 6-1, on court four; and No. 9 Schutting closed out the match by ousting Wais, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, on court one.
Cal plays in Los Angeles against No. 6 USC on March 29 and No. 4 UCLA on March 30.