LOS ANGELES - With the overall match on the line, Annie Goransson won in three sets to give 13th-ranked California a 4-3 upset of No. 4 UCLA on Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Goransson, a senior, defeated the Bruins' Courtney Dolehide, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, on court five to complete the Golden Bears' victory and improve Cal's record to 11-5 (5-1 in the Pac-12). UCLA's record is now 13-4 (4-2 Pac-12).
For the second straight match, Cal did not have the services of sophomore All-American Zsofi Susanyi, the fourth-ranked player in the nation in singles and a member of the 23rd-ranked doubles team with freshman Klara Fabikova.
The win gave Cal a split in southern California, after a 6-1 setback at No. 6 USC on Friday.
The Bears fell behind in doubles play, as the team of Fabikova and junior Alice Duranteau lost to the 43rd-ranked team of Dolehide and Pamela Montez, 8-2, on court two. But Cal bounced back, as the No. 25 team of freshman Lynn Chi and junior Anett Schutting upset UCLA's No. 13 Robin Anderson/Skylar Morton, 8-5, on court one and then - playing together for the first time this season - the Cal duo of junior Kelly Chui and senior Tayler Davis beat Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips, 8-5, on court three to clinch the doubles point.
"They had really great energy and supported each other well," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said of Davis and Chui. "They were able to stay at the net and take chances when they needed to at the end of the match. They needed to hang in on long points, and that allowed them to be successful. You could tell they were confident and had the energy and experience needed to complete the win. You could tell they could pull that match out."
In singles, the teams traded victories before the match ended with the court-five result. On court six, UCLA's No. 88 Kaitlin Ray beat Duranteau, 6-4, 6-2, to tie the match at 1-1, and then Chi, ranked 59th, stopped No. 110 Montez, 6-4, 6-1, on court two to give the lead back to Cal at 2-1.
Schutting, ranked sixth, battled UCLA's No. 3 Anderson on court one but fell, 7-5, 6-3, and then Fabikova, ranked 80th, upset No. 67 McPhillips, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, on court three for her seventh consecutive win, as Cal stayed ahead of the Bruins by one at 3-2.
Davis dropped a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, match to No. 91 Harrison on court four to tie the match at 3-3, leaving Goransson to secure the overall victory with her court-five heroics.
"Lynn had a tight first set against one of their experienced seniors," Augustus said. "But Lynn getting us on the board quickly was really great. Klara, Tay and Annie didn't get off to good starts but turned it around and took matches to third sets. They kept battling and competing today. They weren't willing to let the match get away from them."
Goransson has won six of seven singles matches since returning to action this month, after an injury layoff kept her out of the lineup during much of the winter.
"For Annie, getting her groundstrokes back on track has been important," Augustus added. "She's always been a great competitor. She played really smart and got inspired by the situation and the moment, which is what you want. She played in the last match, and everyone was cheering her on. Tayler was on the court almost the whole time Annie was, and the two seniors playing off each other was really key for us."
Cal returns home to host Oregon on Friday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
No. 13 California 4, No. 4 UCLA 3
Mar 30, 2013, in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Tennis Center
1. No. 25 Chi/Schutting (Cal) def. No. 13 Anderson/Skylar Morton (UCLA) - 8-5
2. No. 43 Dolehide/Montez (UCLA) def. Duranteau/Fabikova (Cal) - 8-2
3. Kelly Chui/Davis (Cal) def. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) - 8-5
(Cal wins the doubles point)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3.
1. No. 3 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. No. 6 Anett Schutting (Cal) - 7-5, 6-3
2. No. 59 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. No. 110 Pamela Montez (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-1
3. No. 80 Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. No. 67 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) - 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. No. 91 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. Tayler Davis (Cal) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
5. Annie Goransson (Cal) def. Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) - 1-6, 6-3, 6-4v 6. No. 88 Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) def. Alice Duranteau (Cal) - 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 2 , 1, 3, 4, 5.