The No. 23 ranked women’s tennis team lost a close match Tuesday afternoon to No. 10 California by a score of 4-3.The Golden Bears (11-4) edged out the Frogs (11-6) early in the match by winning the doubles matches 9-7 and 9-7.
Cal’s Suzi Babos and Suzie Fodor came back to beat senior Helena Besovic and junior Ana Cetnik after trailing halfway through the match and facing match point.
“We really let the doubles match slip,” coach Dave Borelli said. “We had four match points in one of the games, we had our chances.”
Things were not looking any better once singles play started as Fodor made quick work of sophomore Nicole Leimbach, who lost straight sets 6-0 and 6-2.
The Frogs won their first match as Besovic defeated Babos 7-6(5) and 6-3.
TCU cut further into Cal’s lead when junior Ana Cetnik beat freshman Claire Ilcinkas 7-6(3), 6-4.
However, all was lost when sophomore Kewa Nichols lost three sets to senior Jessica Shu 3-6, 7-5 and 1-6, sealing the win for Cal.
“They’re a really good team that plays a good schedule,” Borelli said. “One point goes our way and we win.”
Borelli said the attitude of the team remains good.
“Our goal now is to run the table in conference and get in a regional,” Borelli said. “We’re a good team that no one will want to play in a regional.