Bears Still Can't Chop Down Cardinal's Home Dominance

Photo: Sophomore Annie Goransson lost to Stanford's Kristie Ahn, 6-3, 6-1.
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Sophomore Annie Goransson lost to Stanford's Kristie Ahn, 6-3, 6-1.


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For the past 12 years, the No. 6 Cal women's tennis team has been unable to put a stop to Stanford's home winning streak.

"I really want to see that record go away," Bears coach Amanda Augustus said. "I'm tired of hearing about it, even back in the days when I was a student."

Unfortunately for Augustus and her squad, that record is here to stay, at least for now.

After defeating Sacramento State 6-1 at Hellman Tennis Complex on Friday, Cal became victim No. 173 to Stanford's dominant streak at the Taube Tennis Center with a 5-2 loss on Saturday.

The No. 2 Cardinal have not lost in Stanford since February 27, 1999, a 5-4 loss to the Bears. Augustus was the star senior on that squad, the last to snatch a victory from the Cardinal at the Farm.

"It takes a little extra to beat Stanford at home," Augustus said. "They are fiercely defensive of the streak. They will battle as hard as they need to win at home."

Despite losing to its archrival in front of a full house, Cal (10-2, 2-0 in the Pac-10) showed an uncanny amount of optimism and encouragement.

The squad's two points came from the unlikeliest source: the top two singles courts, where No. 4 Jana Juricova and senior Mari Andersson pulled off upsets against top-ranked Hilary Barte and No. 24 Mallory Burdette, respectively.

Barte retired due to an injury after losing the first set to Juricova, while Andersson was able to hold off Burdette, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(7), in a third-set tiebreaker. It would be the team's only singles victory of the competition at Taube.

The match was close throughout doubles and singles. Stanford (13-0, 2-0) squeaked away with the doubles point after the tandem of Carolyn McVeigh and Stacey Tan held on to win against Marina Cossou and Anett Schutting, 8-6.

In singles, Stacey Tan came back to beat Schutting, 2-6, 7-6(5), 1-0(4) in a third-set tiebreaker after losing the first set.

Had a few points gone the other way for the Bears, they would have had the four points necessary to snap Stanford's streak.

"The momentum was going back for the doubles point, and we had chances to get the point," Augustus said.

"The score does not indicate how close the match was. On every court, there were no instances where one player from either team was getting destroyed."

From the start of the season, Augustus has emphasized the importance of the doubles point as a spring that helps the team jump out to a good start. Cal has dropped the doubles point in both of its defeats this season, the other one coming against Northwestern.

The Bears will go down to Tempe, Ariz. to take on No. 3 Duke and Arizona State next week. With another contest against a top-five team, Augustus is looking for her players to bounce back from the loss against Stanford.

Tags: CAL WOMEN'S TENNIS, JANA JURICOVA, AMANDA AUGUSTUS


Seung Y. Lee covers women's tennis. Contact him at [email protected]



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