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Pac-12 Women's Tennis Singles Title: Cal's Maegan Manasse beats UCLA's Catherine Harrison

Maegan Manasse becomes Cal's 3rd Pac-12 Women's Singles champion.

The No.1 player (Maegan Manasse) for the No.1 team in the country (Cal) will play for the Pac-12 singles title this morning
The No.1 player (Maegan Manasse) for the No.1 team in the country (Cal) will play for the Pac-12 singles title this morning
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First of all, apologies to Maegan for misspelling her name earlier in this post. Second of all, congratulation to her for bringing back to Berkeley only the 3rd Pac-12 women's singles title in program history.

Manasse beats UCLA's Harrison 6-3, 6-2 to claim the Pac-12 title. Harrison had defeated Manasse's teammate Klara Fabikova in the Pac-12 final an year ago.

After playing as individuals this weekend - freshman Olivia Hauger won the invitational title, by the way, No.1 Cal Women's Tennis will await their NCAA fate to see who they will host in Berkeley for the first and second rounds. Golden Bears, on the heel of winning the ITA Indoors title to open the year, are in a great position to bring home the very first Women's Team NCAA title of program history in 2016.



Pac-12 Women's Tennis Singles Championship Final: Maegan Manasse (Cal) vs. Catherine Harrison (UCLA)

Where: Ojai, CA

When: 10 AM PT

TV: Pac-12 Networks

For whatever reason, probably logistics given the number of courts in Ojai, the Pac-12 championships for women's tennis consists of a singles main draw of 64 players and a doubles main draw of 16 pairs (there are also the invitational tournaments for the next 64 singles and next 16 pairs). It is not a team competition for No.1 Cal Women's Tennis but for the second straight year, a Golden Bears have made it to the final. This time, it is the No.1 player for the No.1 team in the country - Cal's junior Maegan Manasse.

Last year, Klara Fabikova lost to UCLA's Catherine Harrison in the final. Manasse will get the chance to prevent Harrison from a repeat as the Pac-12 champion.

Manasse can be merely the 3rd Cal singles individual champion following Zsuzsanna Fodor in 2006 and Raquel Kops-Jones (who is still very active in the WTA Tour, mostly in doubles) in 2004.

How Manasse made it to the Pac-12 final:

Semifinal Round

[1] No. 11 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. No. 24 Giuliana Olmos (USC) – 6-4, 6-0

Quarterfinal Round

[1] No. 11 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. No. 28 Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) - 6-2, 6-3

Round of 16

[1] No. 11 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. Trang Huynh (WSU) – 6-1, 6-0

Round of 32

[1] No. 11 Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. No. 116 Madison Westby (USC) – 6-2, 6-4

After the Cal men's tennis fell just short to UCLA yesterday for the men's tennis Pac-12 title, I would love nothing more than a Cal title today over a Bruin.

In addition to Manasse, Cal's freshman Olivia Hauger will take on Stanford's Caroline Lampl for the invitational final. Lampl's win over Hauger last weekend was a huge part of Stanford's upset win over then undefeated Golden Bears. Stanford then defeated USC for the Pac-12 title earlier this week. Ugh.