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Friday, February 8, 2013

Cal Downs Michigan 4-0 to Complete ITA Women's Indoor Quarterfinals

©Colette Lewis 2013--
Charlottesville, VA--

Friday's last match, completed at 11:30 p.m., saw No. 5 seed Cal defeat Michigan 4-0 to claim a quarterfinal berth against No. 4 Georgia.

The theme of the doubles point being decided in a tiebreaker continued, with the No. 1 teams of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender of Michigan and Zsofi Susanyi and Klara Fabikova of Cal squaring off. Cal had taken the doubles match at No. 1 with Lynn Chi and Anett Schutting beating Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky 8-2, while Michigan's Mimi Nguyen and Amy Zhu took the match at No. 3 over Kelly Chui and Cecilia Estlander 8-5.

With players from both teams lining Court 1 to watch the tiebreaker, Susanyi and Fabikova pulled away from Bektas and Bolender, winning the final five points to take it 7 points to 2.

In the singles, Cal won four first sets and Michigan only two, but both Bektas at No. 1 and Yurovsky at No. 2 forced third sets, giving Michigan some hope after Cal had taken a 3-0 lead with wins by Chi over Bolender at 3 and Fabikova over Lee at 4.  But Cal's Tayler Davis extended her match with Amy Zhu by winning the second set at line 5, and Michigan's Mimi Nguyen couldn't put away Kelly Chui at 6, giving  Susanyi, who had regained her form against Bektas, enough time to clinch the Cal win by a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 score.

Cal will play No. 4 seed Georgia at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Cal 4, Michigan 0

Singles competition:

1. #7 Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) def. Emina Bektas (MICH) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
2. #9 Anett Schutting (CAL) vs. #61 Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) 6-3, 2-6, 3-4, unfinished
3. #109 Lynn Chi (CAL) def. Brooke Bolender (MICH) 7-5, 6-2
4. Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Sarah Lee (MICH) 6-2, 6-3
5. Tayler Davis (CAL) vs. #94 Amy Zhu (MICH) 2-6, 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
6. Kelly Chui (CAL) vs. Mimi Nguyen (MICH) 2-6, 6-6, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. Zsofi Susanyi/Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. #21 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (MICH) 8-7
2. Lynn Chi/Anett Schutting (CAL) def. Sarah Lee/Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) 8-2
3. Mimi Nguyen/Amy Zhu (MICH) def. Kelly Chui/Cecilia Estlander (CAL) 8-5

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,1)