While the spring semester is over for the Cal students-athletes, the postseason for the various spring sports are still on-going, culminating in the Golden Bears possibly winning 3 team national championships next weekend. But before we get to next week, there are plenty of action that is happening this week and this weekend.
Cal Women's Tennis
As a team, the 6th seed Golden Bears advanced to the Round of 16 again. The Pac-12 champions were stopped by the Stanfurd Cardinal in dramatic fashion, however. UCLA, a team that the Bears bested in the regular season, ended up winning the NCAA title, keeping that title inside the Pac ('Furd were the winner the year before).
For the Golden Bears to make that leap to finally break through and win the NCAA team title in Women's Tennis, the Daily Cal believes that they would need to get better top court players (which is the opposite problem than what they had in the past).
Once the team competition has wrapped, the Bears moved on to play as individuals this week (both the men's and the women's team and individual championships are taking place in Athens, Georgia). 4 Golden Bears made the draw of 64 (showcasing the depth that was instrumental to the Bears' success this season). Freshman Denise Starr, who played No.1 singles for the Bears in more of a strategic and experience building move, fell in the first round. No.18 Anett Schutting and No.23 Zsofi Susanyi were knocked out in the round of 32. Sophomore Lynn Chi was the only Golden Bear to advance to the round of 16 (garnering All-American status) which took place this morning.
Lynn Chi met a familiar foe in UCLA's Brady. Brady was victorious in the semifinal round of the Pac-12 tournament (singles competition) just few weeks ago. Chi was able to return the favor this time around.
Round of 64
No. 18 Anett Schutting (Cal) def. No. 56 Saska Gavrilovska (Texas A&M) – 6-4, 6-1
No. 27 Ester Goldfeld (Duke) def. No. 30 Denise Starr (Cal) – 6-3, 6-1
No. 23 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. No. 10 Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) – 6-0, 6-4
No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. No. 9 Emina Bektas (Michigan) – 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-1
Round of 32
No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. No. 33 Romy Kølzer (Clemson) – 7-5, 6-1
No. 32 Danielle Collins (Virginia) def. [9-16] No. 18 Anett Schutting (Cal) – 6-3, 6-3
No. 22 Abigail Tere-Apisah (Georgia State) def. No. 23 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) – 7-6(3), 6-1
Round of 16
No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def.  No. 8 Jennifer Brady (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-2
The last Golden Bear to win the NCAA singles title was Jana Juricova in 2011. Susie Babos is the first Bear to achieve that feat, back in 2006.
NCAA.com are streaming these matches, for those interested. You can find those streams here (and check of Twitter (@CalWomensTennis) to figure out which court to follow.
Cal Men's Tennis
The 17th ranked Cal Men's Tennis was able to upset No.10 Texas A&M to advance to the Sweet 16 round. After dispatching both Texas Tech and A&M (giving the Aggies their first home loss on the season), the Bears were ousted by No.9 Texas Longhorns.
Like the women, a few Golden Bears also qualified the NCAA singles and doubles championships.
Senior Ben McLachlan is playing in the singles tournament and he is still alive after 2 rounds, pulling off an opening round upset over the 8th seed. In Doubles, the duo of Gregory Beyane and Chase Melton was able to upset the 7th ranked duo from Alabama in their opening round (round of 32), after fighting back to win the first set via tie-breaker.
Round of 64
No. 55 Ben McLachlan (Cal) def.  No. 8 Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) – 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Singles Round of 32
No. 55 Ben McLachlan (Cal) def. No. 53 Andrew Harris (Oklahoma) – 7-5, 6-4
Doubles Round of 32
Ben is in action RIGHT NOW!
You can find the stream of NCAA tennis action here.
Cal Women's Golf
Today marks the final day of action in the NCAA Championships for Women's Golf, taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Golden Bears started the 4 round competition fairly well, shooting a team score of 296 (only the top 4 scores of the 5 golfers are counted and the course is a par 70). Bears had a rough 2nd day, however, with a team score of 305 that basically knocked them out of contention. Bouncing back with their best round, the Golden Bears shot a round 3 score of 289 and followed that up this morning with a score of 290 to finish at +60 for the 4 days. That score is only good for No.22 (out of 24 teams) right now but the Bears are likely to move up once the other half of the field is done today.
Duke and USC (since the Pac-12 is the Conference of Champions) are battling for the national championships for the moment. You can find the team scores here.
Senior Nicola Rossler is leading the Bears at the NCAA Championships. She is currently sitting at No.21 with a final score of +6 after shooting an even par on the final day (tie for her best round with her opening round). That's not a bad way to conclude a nice career in Berkeley for the German native.
A note, the national title for women's golf is purely determined by the stroke play. There is no switching to match play for the final 8 madness that is the NCAA Men's Golf.
Cal Men's Golf
Speaking of the NCAA Men's Golf, that competition starts today in Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas (hosted by Wichita State). The Golden Bears are the 5th ranked team and they will again attempt to make the match-play part after the first 3 rounds.
A format change is in place this year for the NCAA Men's Golf in part to make the tournament more interesting for the Golf Channel coverage next Monday through Wednesday. After the 3 rounds that determine the top 8 teams that will advance to match-play (where the Golden Bears are tripped up last two years), a special round for the top 32 individuals will commence on Monday to determine the NCAA individual winner. The Quarter and Semi-finals will be played on Tuesday while the championship match play will be played on Wednesday.
More info on the TV coverage:
Golf Channel will telecast live for three hours (4-7 p.m. CT/2-5 p.m. PT) from each of the final three days of the NCAA Championship for the first time in the event’s history
The Golden Bears are a bit fortunate to make the NCAA field this year after a bad start at the NCAA Regional despite being the top seed. With only the top 5 schools advancing to the NCAA Championships, the Golden Bears slowly climbed the regional standings to be tied for 5th with USC when they are done. Just when it appears that a playoff hole would be needed, Clemson managed to trip up in the 17th hole to allow the Bears to move up to 4th place and make this weekend's championships.
Like for the women, only the top 4 scores of the Cal 5-some will be counted for the team score each round. The likely Golden Bears' 5-some are
CAL'S 2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP
Weather (Lightning) is delaying the start of the first round right now.
The Golden Bears won their lone national championship back in 2004, can they capture that same magic 10 years later?
HOLE ON YOU BEARS!
Coming up next weekend:
Arguably the three best chances for the Golden Bears to add to their national championships haul (in addition to the one earned by the Cal Men's Swimming this year) are all next weekend.
The NCAA Championships for women's crew will take place next weekend in Indianapolis, IN. Check back to CGB for open threads that will include the streaming information. The 4th ranked Cal women are making their 16th straight NCAA appearances.
Bears finished a disappointing 3rd in the Pac-12 championships behind 'Furd and Washington. Head coach Dave O'Neill recaps the action below. This was on the heel of a disappointing showing at the Big Row.
For the men, the IRA championships will take place near Princeton in New Jersey also next weekend. The No.2 Golden Bears will try to beat the V-8 crew from the top ranked Washington Huskies. UW were the winner at the men's Pac-12 Championships.
Cal Rugby will attempt to defend their national title in the Collegiate Rugby Championships in Philadelphia, PA. This is the 5th edition of this annual collegiate rugby 7s championships which serves as a nice feeding ground for team USA in its quest to qualify and participate in the Rio 2016 games when Rugby 7s will be played for the first time (Rugby Union used to be an Olympics sport but due to logistical reason, Rugby 7s is the one that will be introduce in the next summer games). Golden Bears finally broke through with the tournament win last year, and they will look to repeat as the collegiate rugby 7s champs (a feat that was accomplished by Dartmouth).
The Golden Bears are placed in a group with local schools Temple Owls and Drexel Dragons as well as the Maryland Terrapins. Should the Bears be able to advance out of this group (is there any doubts), they will play in the championship round on Sunday. Both the Saturday and Sunday actions will be broadcasted live by NBC Sports Networks and NBC.
Since this is really just happening in my neighborhood, I will attend the events both Saturday and Sunday to provide live tweets and possibly behind the scene look.
You can relive the Golden Bears triumph from the TV coverage last year here.
Cal Track and Field
The only Cal Athletes who may compete beyond next weekend are members of the Cal Track and Field (now that both Cal Softball and Cal Baseball are not going to participate in the postseason).
27 Cal Athletes and 1 Relay team will compete in the NCAA Preliminary round in Arkansas next weekend. Should any Golden Bears be able to qualify, the NCAA Championships for Outdoor Track and Field will take place the following weekend at Eugene, Oregon.
Here are the full list of Cal track and field competitors (both men and women) from CalBears.com:
35. Jordan Locklear 1:49.90
16. Thomas Joyce 3:42.67
46. Simon Schmidt 9:01.83
35. J.P. Slater 29:22.10
8. Milan Ristic 13.59w
14. Randy Bermea 50.86
13. Cal 39.91
18. Nick Ridge 7-0.50 (2.15m)
22. Hammed Suleman 25-0.50 (7.63m)
18. Jonte Grant 51-3.00 (15.62m)
15. Sydney Gray 4:21.68
9. Kelsey Santisteban 15:52.94
7. Kelsey Santisteban 33:31.85
33. Grace Beaudoin 5-9.25 (1.76m)
13. Malaina Payton 20-5.00 (6.22m)
30. Kiare Tanner 41-1.50 (12.50m)
8. Shelby Ashe 206-1 (62.82m)