In a intensity strife of Titans, a No. 3 Cal women’s tennis group heads to Los Angeles to take on discussion rivals and fortifying NCAA champions, No. 5 UCLA. With both a teams personification some good tennis this deteriorate and a compare being a Pac-12 discussion game, it has a makings of being an present classic.
Cal (11-2, 2-0 Pac-12) was means to better a Bruins (11-2, 1-0) a final time a dual teams met during Hellman Tennis Complex by a measure of 4-3. The Bears gave divided a doubles indicate yet were means to convene behind in a singles and better a Bruins. Now-No. 4 Maegan Manasse, a sophomore, had a nail-biting diversion in that she overcame a one-set necessity to better Chanelle Van Nguyen.
The Bears are on a hurl with a 6 diversion win strain that includes wins opposite No. 10 Stanford and No. 16 Pepperdine.
Cal will demeanour to start really and try to get a early doubles point. Even yet a Bears weren’t means to take home that essential initial point, Cal was incompetent to adjust to UCLA’s midst diversion adjustments to take home a indispensable singles points for a win.
“The prior matches were a month ago,” pronounced conduct manager Amanda Augustus. “We’ve really done some improvements over all this time and are vehement to play opposite them.”
Currently a Bears’ doubles opening looks really solid, as they have not mislaid a doubles indicate given losing one to a Bruins. If Cal can continue this run in a matchup opposite UCLA, it could potentially be a determining factor.
In a singles, too, a Bears have been giving clever performances. Manasse will play on justice No. 1 where she has been really consistent. She won her compare during SDSU this past week yet mislaid a tighten compare opposite Pepperdine. Her gusto to bombardment has been critical in her winning matches.
No. 29 Zsofi Susanyi, a senior, who mislaid her singles compare opposite UCLA’s Catherine Harrison, has been on a resurgence ever since. After a detriment to UCLA, Susanyi has notched adult 5 true wins in singles with all of them being convincing true set wins. Her unchanging and artistic strokes have found small antithesis in a final few matches.
“It feels good to win, generally after both a wins opposite Pepperdine and USC,” Susanyi said.
Junior Klara Fabikova, a No. 27 actor in a country, has been personification some good tennis, too. Her absolute strokes have propelled to a 6 compare win strain in singles. Her doubles pairing with Susanyi has also been really effective, as a span have usually mislaid once in their final 6 outings.
For a third true week, Cal has had a actor named as a Pac-12 Player of a Week with No. 60 Karla Popovic being given that respect many recently. The beginner was winning opposite SDSU and clinched a altogether feat for Cal opposite a Waves. With a really clever forehand and endless justice coverage, Popovic has turn a essential actor for a Bears in her initial year.
Add to this a good form of No. 81 sophomore Denise Starr and a knowledge of comparison Cecilia Estlander — who clinched a altogether win during Stanford — Cal looks prepared to conflict UCLA.
“We’re always vehement for these matches,” Augustus said. “They are a normal rivals, along with Stanford. Our group plays good (on the) road, and we’re looking brazen to some good matches and good tennis.”
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