With a powerful forehand into the net, senior Lynn Chi and the top seed/top ranked Golden Bears are knocked out of the NCAA Women's Tennis tournament in the semifinals. Bears were looking to make a return to the NCAA finals - which has only happened once in program history when the Bears lost to Duke.
Nevertheless, the 2015-16 season for the Bears saw our very first team national title in the ITA Indoors. Obviously, the NCAA is the bigger prize, but the program is certainly trending in the correct direction.
Bears would need to replace seniors Klara Fabikova and Lynn Chi but the depth of this Cal squad will be back, leading by Pac-12 champ in Maegan Manasse (who will be a senior).
Bears lost the doubles point to OK State (who have a clear home crowd advantage playing in their home state). Although the Bears won 4 of the first sets, every match other than the show down between Cal's Lynn Chi and Oklahoma State's Viktoriya Lushkova were decided in two sets.
Chi had some chances to come back in her second set but couldn't convert. The former NCAA singles runner-up then had some mechanical issues on her backhand and ran out of points to fix it. It's a devastating way to end her Cal career.
For the singles NCAA contest, Maegan Manasse and Klara Fabikova will compete. In the doubles, the duo of Manasse and Denise Starr will represent Cal.
Top seed California Golden Bears take on the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the NCAA women's tennis semifinals today. The winner will play the winner of Stanford/Vanderbilt for the championship tomorrow.
The link to the stream is in the tweet above but also HERE.
Oklahoma State actually took the doubles point from the Bears early in this one, winning No.2 and No.3 doubles (Bears were winning in No.1 before that was abandoned).
This should be the doubles lineup— Cal Women's Tennis (@CalWomensTennis) May 23, 2016
Singles is already underway.
Here are the matchups:
1 Manasse v Adamovic— Cal Women's Tennis (@CalWomensTennis) May 23, 2016
2 Fabikova v Babic
3 Chi v Lushkova
4 Starr v Laurente
5 Hauger v Stresnakova
6 Popovic v Alvarez
As I wrote about the men's tennis match vs. Ohio State yesterday, new rule changes have made upsets a lot easier to achieve. Of course, this Cal team is the most dominant one in program history, dropping only one meet (unfortunately that cost the Bears the Pac-12 crown and it was to Stanford). Hopefully, this dream season can end on an appropriate high note.
ROLL ON YOU BEARS!