Re: 2016 Dual match results discussions
Cal swept the LA schools this weekend, beating UCLA 5-2.
The match was closer than the score indicates, as UCLA got the doubles point, with Harrison/McPhillips beating Manasse/Starr. The Bears have some work to do in doubles.
But against a team like UCLA who is having a down year, Cal's singles line-up is strong enough to provide the Bears margin of error needed to make up for losing the doubles point. As usual, Popovic killed it at #6. Then Starr at 4 also won quickly. Chi at #3 ran out to a big lead, but found herself tied in the 2nd at 5 all; the senior closed out the next two games to give Cal the 3-1 lead.
But in the other matches (#1, #2, and #5) UCLA had won the first set. Freshman Olivia Hauger, who has been playing well for Cal, took a straight-sets loss at #5, and UCLA was back within 3-2, with the other matches (#1 and #2) going into the third.
Manasse and Fabikova jumped out to early breaks in the 3rd and held off the Bruins for the final tally.
It was good that Manasse got a win this weekend. Cal needs her to get back on track to have a chance against Florida next weekend.