No. 12 Bears Breeze by Wahine In Shutout Victory to End Skid

Cal Prepares for Tricky Los Angeles Tilts After Regaining Its Stride at Home in a 7-0 Decision

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As Annie Goransson was battling against her Hawaiian opponent Barbara Pinterova on court three, the entire Cal women's tennis team stood on the empty adjacent courts, cheering on the Swede. It had only been about 2 hours since the match started at the Hellman Tennis Complex, but the Bears (11-4, 2-0 in the Pac-10) blazed past the Wahine.

On Thursday, No.12 Cal blanked Hawaii (5-9, 0-0 in the WAC), 7-0, after losing three consecutive road games to No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Duke, and No. 21 Arizona State. Although the Wahine are not a strong opponent like any of the past three opponents, coach Amanda Augustus was just grateful to have snapped the losing streak.

"We didn't have a great road trip, so we just needed to get back on the court, be at home, and have a straightforward victory today," she said.

After Tuesday's scheduled match against Harvard was cancelled due to rain, the Bears were well-rested for yesterday's match. This was a delightful surprise for some that were fatigued after playing last weekend under the scorching Arizona sun.

Another delight for the Bears on Thursday was the success of the new experimental tandems at the doubles courts. During the losing streak, coach Augustus was mainly concerned about the Cal's double play as they lost all three doubles points.

For the first time this season, Augustus lined up Goransson and freshman Anett Schutting on court two, and Tayler Davis and Alice Duranteau in court three. Both partnerships cruised past Hawaii's doubles teams, winning 8-2 and 8-3, respectively.

Although the Bears cruised past the Wahine, Augustus still believes that there is more ground for improvement after finding the team's faults during their stay in Arizona.

"I think our trip in Arizona is going to give us good preparations down the road," she said. "It's not a huge number of things. But when we are up, we got to know how to close it out."

With the list of things to fix, including serving and "taking some chances on the short balls," Augustus will steer her squad to Los Angeles next weekend to square off against No. 9 USC on Friday and No. 8 UCLA the following day. Cal defeated the then-No. 4 Bruins in a non-conference match in Berkeley, 4-3, on Feb. 4.

The L.A. schools have always provided tough competition for the Bears for years, and this year, they provide a number of talented players to challenge Cal.

The Trojans, led by No.1 singles player Maria Sanchez, have top talent in the front courts. UCLA has one of the best doubles teams in the country in No. 16 duo of Noelle Hickey and McCall Jones and the No. 17 Courtney Dolehide and Andrea Remynse.

Considering that Augustus still has not found the tandem to compliment the No. 3 duo of Jana Juricova and Mari Andersson, the two Bruin twins might become a huge obstacle for the Bears to overcome.


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

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