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    ´╗┐tennis shine at Cal Winter Invitational The Cal women's tennis team has been a national force to reckon with for years, and after this weekend's Cal Winter Invitational, it proved that the story hasn't changed. Ranked eighth in this season's ITA preseason national rankings, the team put on an early display of its dominance in both singles and doubles at home at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Over the course of the tournament, Cal lost only three singles matches out of 24 and was led by an undefeated 3 0 run by senior Maegan Manasse, who was crowned champion at the end of play Sunday. Manasse opened play with a 6 3; 6 0 win Friday against Cal Poly's Louise Oxnevad. On Saturday, she earned a tough 6 4; 6 7(6); 6 3 victory over Fresno State's Katerina Stloukalova, which put her in prime position to nike jordan capture the title Sunday. A seasoned competitor, Manasse is a master of finishing competitions strong. Her 6 4; 6 4 win over Jana McCord of Saint Mary's College secured Manasse's first title of the 2016 17 season. After being held back by injuries in the fall season, Manasse was forced out of most competitive play and fell from a fall ranking of seventh place to a tie for 49th in the spring preseason poll. Her performance during the Winter Invitational, however, proved that she is healthy and ready to make the most out of her final semester as a Bear. "It was really exciting to be back for my final season. I'm looking to finish strong and I started great with a good couple of wins," Manasse said. "I felt great out there I've been working really hard both on and off the court." Manasse was not the only one to have a strong showing over the weekend. Emerging sophomores Olivia Hauger and Maria Smith also swept their three matches on Hellman courts two and five, respectively. In the doubles side of the tournament, the Bears established themselves as a dual threat team and were once again led by none other than their long time nike z x flux star, Manasse. For the first time this season, Manasse paired up with Maya Jansen, a graduate transfer from Alabama and two time NCAA doubles champion, to claim the doubles title. "Maya and I work really well on and off the court, and we've been working hard. It's been a great time playing with her," Manasse said. Jansen and Manasse aren't the only new Cal doubles team. To start off the nike 5th ave new season, head coach Amanda Augustus has been experimenting with new lineups to see if she can find teams that have strong chemistry, which will be crucial come time for national championships. Over the weekend, freshman Alexis Nelson paired with Hauger, while junior Audrey Mayer teamed up with senior Stephane Lin. Senior Denise Starr, Manasse's long time partner, played with Smith, with the team currently ranked 40th in the ITA doubles poll. "The beginning of the season is always a good opportunity for us to mix our teams around," Augustus said. "We're seeing things that we like, and this is the time to work with them." With a start like this, Manasse and her fellow teammates have a lot to look forward to this spring. They will look to stay poised when they play from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30 for the ITA Kick Off Weekend at the Hellman Courts.