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Cal Women's Tennis at UCLA on Pac-12 Networks Open Thread

After an impressive run at the ITA Indoors, No.4 Cal Women's Tennis faces No.2 UCLA (also a ITA Indoors semifinalist) on the Pac-12 Networks today. GO BEARS!

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No.4 Cal Women's Tennis (5-1) at No.2 UCLA (9-1)

When: 1:30 PM PT

TV: Pac-12 Networks


Play by Play: Paul Sunderland (play-by-play) and very brief UCLA alum Justin Gimelstob (analyst)

It's part 2 of the Cal-UCLA showdown on the Pac-12 Networks this week. Part 1 was that forgettable men's basketball game on Wednesday night. Part 3 will be the women's basketball game later tonight at 8 PM PT. Part 4 finale will be the debut of Cal Rugby tomorrow at 3 PM PT.

Bears rose in the rankings from No.8 to No.4, but still trail Pac-12 foes in UCLA (No.2) and 'Furd (No.3). A great showing this weekend against the Bruins and USC (No.9) could change all that. Bears' lone loss of the season came at the hands of eventual ITA Indoors champ and now No.1 Duke.

In the ITA Indoors, the Bears had to fightback from conceding the doubles point. In fact, from a ranking point of view, the Bears are still trying to figure out doubles. For singles, all 6 Bears singles players are ranked.

They are (from Game Note):

  • Freshman Denise Starr holds Cal's highest ranking at No. 15 (12-2 record)
  • Junior and three-time All-American Zsofi Susanyi is right behind Starr at No. 16 (14-6)
  • Senior and two-time All-American Anett Schutting (13-7) is ranked No. 37 in singles
  • Freshman Maegan Manasse (15-3) is tied for 59th
  • Sophomore Lynn Chi (15-7), from Weston, Fla., is ranked No.66
  • Sophomore Klara Fabikova (17-5) - who has won eight-straight matches, including going three for three at ITA indoor championships - re-enters the poll at No. 84

Learn more about the Cal senior from Estonia Anett Schutting:

As for the Bruins:

  • Five Bruins are ranked in singles: No. 2 and four-time All-American Robin Anderson, No. 9 Chanelle Van Nguyen, No. 22 Jennifer Brady, No. 27 Kyle McPhillips and No. 44 Catherine Harrison
  • Three UCLA pairs are ranked in doubles: No. 2 Anderson/Brady, No. 19 Brady/Harrison and No. 29 Harrison/McPhillips

The Bruins will have the ranking advantage in the doubles and at least 4 of the 6 singles. Just like the team rankings, Cal victories this weekend can reshuffle the rankings for singles and doubles as well.