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Cal Women's Tennis vs. Clemson at ITA Indoor (Sweet 16) Open Thread

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There are 16 teams vying for the ITA Indoor Championships at University of Virginia this weekend. The 6th seed Cal (3-0) will take on Clemson (4-1) with the winner advancing to face the victors of 3rd seed Georgia and Miami. GO BEARS!

The Cal Women's Tennis team from the 2013 NCAA's
The Cal Women's Tennis team from the 2013 NCAA's
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When: 9 AM PT

Live Video/Live Scoring: VirginiaSports.com (actions in as much as 6 courts should be streamed, but there will be no commentary so the viewer would have to do the work of tracking the various matches simultaneously)

The ITA Indoor is the big winter tournament of the year for Tennis. The Cal women are looking to improve on their performance last year when then 7th seed advanced to the elite 8 before falling to Georgia. This year, the 6th seed Bears will first take on Clemson today with a potential rematch with Georgia looming for tomorrow.

College Tennis format:

In the team format, 3 pairs of players first match up for the doubles point. The school that wins two of the doubles get rewarded a point. For the doubles, it is the first pair to win 8 7 games with a tie-breaker in case of a 7-7 6-6score.

After a brief break, the same 6 players (don't think it is required that it is the same 6 players but that is almost always the case) now compete in singles (best of 3 sets). Each singles match is worth one point. With 7 points up for grab, the first team to get 4 points wins the meet.

About the Bears (currently ranked 8th in the country but seeded 6th):

  • Five Bears are ranked in singles and two Cal teams are ranked in doubles
  • Freshman Denise Starr holds Cal's highest ranking at No. 15 (11-1record), junior Zsofi Susanyi is right behind her at No. 16 (11-6), senior Anett Schutting (13-5) is No. 26, freshman Maegan Manasse (13-2) is ranked 31st and sophomore Lynn Chi (14-5) is ranked No. 95
  • The duo of Susanyi and sophomore Klara Fabikova (4-2 record) - which hasn't played together since Oct. 2 - is ranked 18th in doubles, while the team of Susanyi and Starr (7-1) is ranked No. 48

About the Clemson Tigers (currently ranked 13th in the country):

  • Clemson beat No. 26 Tennessee, 4-0, and No. 55 Fresno State, 4-0, in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend
  • The Tigers reached the NCAA round of 16 last season
  • Four returning Tigers from last year's squad have earned singles rankings this season
  • Beatrice Gumulya is ranked No. 44 and has a 9-4 singles record this year
  • Romy Koelzer is No. 51 has a 10-4 record
  • Yana Koroleva (No. 74) also has a 10-4 mark
  • Tristen Dewar is ranked 103rd

GO BEARS!