TULSA, Okla. - For the second straight day California upset a top-five opponent at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, with Sunday's victory propelling the Golden Bears to even loftier heights - their first NCAA semifinal appearance since 1991. Thirteenth-seeded/ranked Cal upset fifth-seeded/ranked Ohio State, 4-2, in Sunday's quarterfinals one day after upsetting fourth-seeded/ranked TCU in the round of 16. The Bears will face top-seeded Virginia at 4 p.m. CT in Monday's semifinal.
Cal improved its record to 21-6, while Ohio State ended its season with a 33-3 record.
The 30th-ranked Florian Lakat clinched the win over the Buckeyes when he knocked off top-ranked Mikael Torpegaard, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(6), at court-one singles. At one point Lakat trailed 5-3 in the third set, but the junior from Paris, France, fought back to send the set into a tiebreaker and to eventually edge Torpegaard.
"I think that my match was a reflection of the whole match," Lakat said. "A lot of ups and downs and everyone across the board kept fighting, and we stuck to the process. I was down 5-3. Maybe 30 minutes earlier I actually looked really good for us, and all of a sudden it switched and here I am down 5-3. We all stayed in there; the guys helped me a lot. I for sure would not have done it without them in the crowd. I loved the guys coming and supporting me."
EUGENE, ORE. --- California freshman Marianne Li completed her run at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships Sunday afternoon, bringing the 2015-16 Golden Bears season to a close in the process.
Playing in her first-ever NCAA Championships event, Li finished the tournament with a three-day score of +5 (70-73-78=221) but was unable to make the fourth round cut as a top-nine individual on a non-advancing team.
Despite a final round that saw Li fail to record a birdie and post only her fourth 18-hole score of 78 or higher in 31 career rounds, the newcomer still confirmed her place in the Cal history books. Her 74.03 scoring average this season now ranks as the best mark by a freshman in program history (Pia Halbig, 74.5, 2007-08) and leaves her as the team leader for 2015-16.