SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Seventh-ranked California closed the regular season with a 6-1 romp over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday afternoon at the Roberton Gym Courts. The Golden Bears - who won the doubles point and five of six singles matches - improved their record to 16-5 after the nonconference dual match, while the Gauchos fell to 14-8.
Eighth-ranked Anett Schutting clinched the overall victory with her 6-0, 6-2, victory over UCSB's April Scatliffe in court-one singles.
In doubles, Cal opened the day with the duo of junior Alice Duranteau and sophomore Laura Posylkin beating Stacy Yam/Paola Cos, 8-3, on court three. The Bear pair of senior Tayler Davis and junior Kelly Chui wrapped up the doubles point with an 8-2 victory over Priscila Garcia/Erica Cano on court two. Also, Cal's 45th-ranked team of sophomore Zsofi Susanyi and freshman Klara Fabikova topped Scatliffe/Kiersten Meehan, 8-2, on court one.
Davis also met Garcia in singles, beating the Gaucho, 6-0, 6-2, on court four. Cal senior Annie Goransson followed with a victory on court five, winning the first set, 6-3, and then taking the match when Yam retired. Schutting then notched her court-one win over Scatliffe to claim the match for Cal with a score of 4-0 at that point.
Fabikova, ranked 62nd in singles, bageled Meehan in the first set, 6-0, before claiming the match with a 6-3 second set. Her doubles partner, the fifth-ranked Susanyi, next recorded a 6-3, 6-1, win over Cos. The Gauchos claimed their lone point when Duranteau fell to Cano, 6-3, 0-6, 1-0(10-8), on court six to make the final score 6-1.
"Today was important," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "It was good to get a match in. It wasn't a familiar opponent for us, but they've got a new coach, and they're getting better. For us get matches in now, it'll lead in well to the Pac-12 Championships."
A late addition to the schedule, the UCSB match gave Susanyi and Goransson - both of whom missed some action during the season due to injuries - some extra work with the postseason looming for the Bears.
"They're playing a little better each match," Augustus said of her two Bears. "Unfortunately Annie's opponent had to retire today, but she got a good set in. Zsofi's score didn't indicate she actually had to work some points and hit some groundstrokes. Every match they've been able to play helped them get back into form."
Cal opens the Pac-12 Championships on Thursday in nearby Ojai, Calif. Check on the tournament website for the tournament's singles and doubles draws on Wednesday afternoon.
No. 7 California 6, UC Santa Barbara 1
April 23, 2013, in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Robertson Gym Courts
1. No. 45 Susanyi/Fabikova (Cal) def. Meehan/Scatliffe (UCSB) - 8-2
2. Davis/Chui (Cal) def. Garcia/Cano (UCSB) - 8-2
3. Duranteau/Posylkin (Cal) def. Yam/Cos (UCSB), 8-3
(California wins the doubles point)
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1.
*Clinched the doubles point
1. No. 8 Anett Schutting (Cal) def. April Scatliffe (UCSB) - 6-0, 6-2
2. No. 62 Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) - 6-0, 6-3
3. No. 5 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. Paola Cos (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-1
4. Tayler Davis (Cal) def. Priscila Garcia (UCSB) - 6-0, 6-2
5. Annie Goransson (Cal) def. Stacy Yam (UCSB) - 6-3, ret.
6. Erica Cano (UCSB) def. Alice Duranteau (Cal) - 6-3, 0-6, 1-0(10-8)
Order of finish: 4, 5, 1*, 2, 3, 6.
*Clinched the match
Records: California 16-5. UC Santa Barbara 14-8.