California concludes the 2014-15 regular season when the 28th-ranked Golden Bears face No. 24 Stanford in the Big Slam on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Center.
With the chance to repeat as the Pac-12 champion, fourth-ranked California closes the regular season with two dual matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
BERKELEY - As the fourth-ranked California women's tennis team prepares to face Sacramento State on Friday, the Golden Bears also have Saturday's big events in mind: Senior Day when the Bears honor the careers of their two veterans - Zsofi Susanyi and Cecilia Estlander - prior to battling Stanford in the Big Slam at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The match represents the last regular-season home match of their careers, though the postseason could bring the Bears back to Hellman in May.
CalBears.com caught up with the seniors before they took on the Hornets.
CalBears.com: What are three things you'll miss most about Cal?
Cecilia Estlander: "Definitely the people. The relationships that I've built here are for sure the most valuable things that I've created. I'll carry that with me always. For sure tennis, especially this year, when I've been playing with my heart and for the team, knowing I won't be playing in the same way in the future. I still will always play tennis, but I won't go professional. It's like the end of an era. And the school and Berkeley. It's like the top of the world to be in Berkeley and near San Francisco. Can't wish for a better school."
Zsofi Susanyi: "Definitely playing and team matches. Being around the girls for so much, and figuring out what I have to do. Just figuring out how to solve all the challenges we deal with, because I think that taught me a lot."
CB.com: What are your plans for after graduation?
CE: "I've applied to Copenhagen Business School to do my masters. It's a two-year program. You choose four priorities of what concentration you want, so hopefully I'll get into the competitive one, which is leadership, organization and strategy. I want to work in organizational behavior, maybe human resources. I'll be continuing to study and maybe find a part-time job. But during the summer, I'm still going to play the Finnish Championships. I will play the 10,000s (tournaments), but I won't be traveling. I'm going to play for my club, Smash Tennis."
ZS: "As of now I don't want to play professional tennis. I was thinking of taking about a year just to work, see what's out there and then decide if I want to go to grad school or what to do. I'm really interested in the media field, and I also like the hospitality and management area and event planning."
In a pair of long, ultra-competitive dual matches that ended after the sun went down, the Cal sand volleyball team registered a couple of defining wins yesterday at the Clark Kerr Sand Courts.
By Jonathan Okanes, Cal Athletic Communications
BERKELEY - Cal Associate Head Coach Meagan Schmitt is all for her student-athletes putting in extra work to get better - except when it comes to the two players who want to work more than anyone else.
Seniors Inanna Eshoo and Allison Leong are what Schmitt fondly calls "Volleydorks." They simply can't get enough sand volleyball in their lives, and Schmitt has to ban them from playing extra on certain days.
The California women's lacrosse team closes out the 2015 regular season with a three-game homestand, beginning this week with two contests against Denver and Colorado from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium.
Women's Water Polo
#4 California finishes its regular season at home in the Big Slash against top-ranked Stanford.
The California women's gymnastics program has added three more members to its incoming freshman class, head coach Justin Howell announced Wednesday.
When California takes on the United States Naval Academy on Saturday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m. PT on Witter Rugby Field in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Rugby Championship semifinals, the Golden Bears will seek to earn their third straight trip to the national championship final.
The end of the regular season has seen the California women's golf team steadily improve their individual and team performances as the team gears up for postseason play, and that progression hit an apex Tuesday for sophomore Lucia Gutierrez who claimed her first individual collegiate win at the Silverado Showdown held at the Silverado Resort North Course in Napa, Calif.
Looking forward to the challenge of playing the No.3-ranked team in the nation, Cal (22-11, 9-6 Pac-12, No. 16 in Collegiate Baseball) takes on league-leading UCLA in a three-game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium with all three games shown on the Pac-12 Networks
Sophomore Katie Sutherland-Finch threw a no-hitter against Santa Clara that was shortened to five innings due to Cal leading the Broncos 8-0 in that frame. Sutherland-Finch's no-hitter was the first since sophomore Stephanie Trzcinski pitched a no-hitter last year.
As Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray take their first steps in their professional careers tonight in the WNBA Draft (4 pm PT), take a look back at other Golden Bears in the WNBA.
Cal Football Notebook: The Golden Bears make their final preparations as the Cal Spring Football Experience draws to a close.
Watch Justin Forsett talk Cal Football and the current state of the program on Pac-12 Networks.
Women's FIFA World Cup
Alex Morgan once again highlights the USWNT roster for the upcoming Women's FIFA World Cup in Canada.
SoccerAmerica's Youth Soccer Insider sits down with Morgan, who has some advice for parents of aspiring young athletes.
"My parents were very supportive and positive," she said. "My mom [Pam] was always the super positive, supporting parent and my dad was the thinker who wanted me to see how I could make myself better and help the team. But at the same time, he would listen to me when I said had enough. When my dad wanted to talk about soccer-specific stuff and I didn't want to hear it -- I would tell him and he'd listen.
Major League Baseball
Brandon Morrow cruises through the Arizona Diamondbacks roster in a bid to further solidify his spot in a revamped San Diego Padres rotation.
Padres pitcher Brandon Morrow gave up two earned runs in a no-decision during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
Morrow went seven innings with both runs coming in the first inning. Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run, also scoring Ender Inciarte in the process. Morrow threw 99 pitches and allowed seven hits. He struck out five batters and walked one.