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Cal Women's Tennis in NCAA First Round vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

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The 6th seed Golden Bears host the first two rounds this weekend in a foursome that includes Fairleigh Dickinson, LSU, and Pepperdine.

The Bears get to start their NCAA tournament at home this weekend.
The Bears get to start their NCAA tournament at home this weekend.
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California Golden Bears Women's Tennis (18-4) vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (14-3, winner of NEC)

When: 1 PM PT

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Game Update: Twitter (@CalWomensTennis)

The Pac-12 winning Golden Bears are on a roll, having not tasted defeat in two+ month thanks to a perfect 10-0 run through a tough Pac-12 conference that has send 6 teams to the NCAA Tournament (including top ranked UCLA as a 5 seed).

Bears will look to keep on rolling (ROLL ON YOU BEARS!) against the FD Knights today. Should the Golden Bears triumph, they will take on the winner of the earlier LSU-Pepperdine matchup tomorrow.

previewed the Bears last week in my weekly Olympic Sports roundup, which includes a look at the Bears' Women's Tennis NCAA success in its history.

About the Bears (From Game Note):

Scouting the Bears

  • The streaking Bears last loss on March 8 to Stanford, 5-2 at home
  • Cal avenged that setback on April 19 at Stanford in the regular-season finale with a 6-1 win that also clinched the Pac-12 crown
  • Senior Anett Schutting (27-11) has Cal’s top singles ranking at 18th
  • Junior Zsofi Susanyi (24-9 record) is ranked No. 23
  • Sophomore Lynn Chi (31-9) – the April 8 Pac-12 Player of the Week, who had a 15-match win streak snapped at the recent Pac-12 Championships – is ranked 24th
  • Freshman Denise Starr (20-10) is No. 30 this week
  • Freshman Maegan Manasse (31-6) is ranked 62nd
  • Ranked 87th, sophomore Klara Fabikova – the April 1 Pac-12 Player of the Week – has a record of 32-10
  • The tandem of Chi and Schutting (14-7) is ranked No. 41 this week
  • The pair of Manasse and Starr (10-1) – which suffered its first loss at Pac-12s – is ranked 47th in doubles
  • The duo of Schutting and Manasse (10-5) is ranked 52nd in doubles
  • Starr and Kelly Chui (4-4) are ranked 70th in doubles
  • The pair of Fabikova and Susanyi (4-2) is ranked 83rd
  • Former NCAA doubles champion and All-American Amanda Augustus is in her seventh season as head coach at her alma mater
  • Associate head coach Cordell Ho, another Cal alum, is in his 17th season on the Cal women’s staff
  • Jan Brogan, who retired in 2007 after serving 29 years as the Golden Bears’ head coach, is Cal’s volunteer assistant coach

Scouting the Knights

  • Fairleigh Dickinson (14-3, 4-0 NEC) repeated as NEC champion with a 4-0 win over LIU Brooklyn on April 19
  • The Knights are on an eight-match winning streak; they last lost on March 25 at then-No. 66 Princeton, 4-0
  • Freshman Ksenija Tihomirova – FDU’s court-one singles player – has a 17-10 singles record and has won four straight matches
  • Jonathan Buchman is in his second year as FDU’s head coach

Quality and depth in the No.4-6 singles have been the strength for the Bears all year. Bears are heavy favorites to make a return to the Sweet 16 round (taking place in Athen, Georgia) yet again.