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Cal Women's Tennis vs. Stanford on Pac-12 Networks Open Thread

It's some TV exposure time for the No.9 Cal Women's Tennis this afternoon when they take on No.12 Stanford Cardinal on the Pac-12 Networks. GO BEARS! BEAT FURD!

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No.9 Cal Women's Tennis (14-5, 8-1) vs. No.12 Stanford Cardinal (16-3, 8-1)

When: 2:00 PM PT (Singles on Pac-12 Networks), Doubles are scheduled to start at 12:30 PM PT

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Score Update: Cal Women's Tennis Twitter

In case you have not watched college tennis before, the meet starts with simultaneous play of 3 doubles matches, first to win at least 8 games and by 2. The team who wins two doubles matches first win ONE point. Then the six singles matches happen (more or less simultaneous) - best of 3 sets, with the winning team of each singles match awarded one point. First team to 4 point wins the meet.


The Bears and Furd met earlier this year in a non-conference meet on March 2:

The Bears - playing without sophomore star Zsofi Susanyi - fell, 6-1. Junior Alice Duranteau - who beat Lindsey Kostas, 7-6(6), 6-2, on court six in singles - earned Cal's point. The pair of Davis and Goransson defeated Natalie Dillon and Krista Hardebeck to open doubles play, 8-1, on court three, but Stanford won the final two matches to take the doubles point.

The junior from France, Alice Duranteau, coincidentally was the subject of a nice Daily Cal profile on her ambition to become a doctor. My favorite quote is

Alice saw how other European players were able to balance rigorous academics with ambitious athletic goals. And when Cal offered her a scholarship, Alice’s decision was easy.

"How could you even say no?" Alice says about coming to Berkeley. "It’s very inspiring here. They teach you how to go for your dreams and see things bigger."

What is at stake from this meet is a possible tie for first in the conference. Both the Bears and Furd are 8-1 with USC 9-0 but playing UCLA this weekend. This is the final conference meet before the Pac-12 Championships next weekend.

This match is also Senior Day as the Bears will honor seniors Taylor Davis and Annie Goransson.

The lineup that the Bears used in their last meet (6-1 win over Arizona) was:

1. No. 23 Chi/Schutting (Cal)
2. No. 29 Susanyi/Fabikova (Cal)
3. Davis/Duranteau (Cal)

1. No. 10 Anett Schutting (Cal)
2. No. 54 Klara Fabikova (Cal)
3. No. 5 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal)
4. No. 61 Lynn Chi (Cal)
5. Tayler Davis (Cal)
6. Annie Goransson (Cal)