No. 6 Women's Tennis Hosts No. 1 Stanford, Travels to No. 49 Arizona and No. 14 ASU
April 9, 2001
UCLA IN REVIEW: The No. 6-ranked women's tennis team (13-2, 3-1 Pac-10) extended their winning streak to nine matches when they handed the No. 29-ranked UCLA Bruins a 5-2 loss, April 7, at the Hellman Tennis Courts. The Bears started off the day with a sweep in doubles, although Cal had to work for each point. At No. 1, UCLA's tandem of Petya Marinova and Lauren Fisher, who were ranked No. 20 as a duo by the ITA, took Cal's duo of Anita Kurimay and Raquel Kops-Jones to the wire, yet Cal pulled ahead in the end and grabbed a 9-7 victory. In singles, Cal won four of six singles points, faltering at the No. 3 and 4 spots. For each of Cal's singles wins, they were done so in straight sets. Catherine Lynch and Sekita Grant lost only one game apiece in their victories over their Bruin competition. Both freshmen won by identical 6-0, 6-1 scores, giving the Bears an early 3-0 advantage over UCLA. Kurimay sealed the win at No. 1, when she knocked out UCLA's Catherine Hawley, 6-4, 6-1. Sophomore Christina Fusano struggled early, yet she bounced back to down Petya Marinova, 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot.
USC RAINED OUT: The match scheduled between Cal and USC was cancelled due to rain on Friday, April 6. The match will not be rescheduled, and since it would have been a Pac-10 contest, the match between the two schools, Saturday, April 21, will be considered a Pac-10 matchup.
A LOOK AT STANFORD: The No. 1 team in the country, the Stanford Cardinal (19-0, 8-0 Pac-10) is currently coming off a sweep of the LA schools this past weekend, defeating both schools 7-0. The Cardinal's Lauren Granville is currently ranked No. 1 in the country, Lauren Kalvaria is ranked No. 7, and Gabriela Lastra is No. 20. Stanford also boasts the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams in the country. In their last meeting, Cal grabbed only one singles point in the Bears 6-1 loss, when Anita Kurimay won at No. 6, her first match in dual competition since 1999-2000. Cal has not lost a match since.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA: The No. 49-ranked Arizona Wildcats (6-10, 1-7 Pac-10) are coming off two losses last weekend at Washington (5-2) and WSU (4-3), and have lost seven of their last eight matches. The Wildcat's last win came March 31, when they defeated Tulsa, 4-3. In their last meeting, Cal notched its first shutout of the season, defeating the Wildcats in Berkeley, 7-0. Since 1985, Cal has amassed a 23-8 record over Arizona.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: The No. 14-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (14-4, 6-4 Pac-10) have amassed an undefeated record at home (11-0), while winning nine of those matches by 7-0 sweeps. ASU's Adria Engel is currently ranked No. 12 by the ITA in singles, and was the ITA's National Rookie of the Year, before transferring to ASU from Wake Forest. In their last meeting, then-No. 10 Cal handed then-No. 8 ASU a 4-3 loss, by splitting singles after winning the doubles point.
BEAR FACTS: The Golden Bears have solidified an undefeated record (8-0) in March. The Bears have won nine consecutive matches, including seven played at their own Hellman Tennis Courts. Cal defeated No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 23 Arizona, No. 67 Purdue, No. 5 Texas, No. 11 South Alabama, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 14 Fresno State and No. 29 UCLA. During the month of March, Cal played only one road match, in which they defeated Fresno State, 6-1. The Bears then continued their home-court mastery when they defeated UCLA, 5-2. They have not lost a match since playing Stanford, Feb. 24. In addition, the Bears have won twelve of their last thirteen matches overall.
HEAD COACH JAN BROGAN: Jan Brogan is in her 23rd season at the helm of the California women's tennis team. The most successful coach in Cal tennis history and the winningest female coach in NCAA tennis history, Brogan surpassed the 400-win plateau this last year and has established a career dual match record of 417-165 (.716) during her tenure with the Bears. The U.S. women's head coach at the 1995 World University Games and National Coach of the Year in 1990, Brogan has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country, guiding the Bears to 19 NCAA appearances and 17 Top 10 finishes since 1982. Brogan has also produced a pair of national champion doubles teams, 47 All-Americans, 14 first team All-Pac-10 selections and three conference player of the year honorees during her career.