No. 17 California Hits the Road to Face No. 54 San Diego, No. 65 SDSU

Jan. 25, 2005

WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 17 Golden Bears (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) travel to Southern California to take on No. 54 University of San Diego on Friday, Jan. 28 and No. 65 San Diego State, Saturday, Jan. 29. Both matches will be held at San Diego's USD West Courts.

LAST WEEK'S ACTION: Cal opened their 2005 slate with a 5-2 victory over No. 56 Cal Poly. After dropping the doubles point to the Mustangs, the Bears won five of six singles matches to clinch the win. Freshman Suzi Babos (6-3; 6-4), Stephanie Kusano (6-4; 6-1) and Marion Ravelojaona (6-4; 7-5) all picked up singles victories, along with sophomore Monica Wiesener (6-3; 6-0) and junior Jessica Shu (6-1; 6-1). Wiesener and sophomore Cristina Visico (8-5) tallied the Bears lone doubles win.

THIS WEEKS OPPONENT: No. 54 San Diego (0-0), coached by Sherri Stephens (244-215, 20th year), are coming off of an 11-9 2004 season which saw the the Toreros finish second in the West Coast Conference. San Diego's top-ranked player is junior Emma Murphy, currently No. 48 in singles nationally. The Bears are 23-3 all-time against the Toreros...No. 65 San Diego State (2-0, 0-0 MWC) is fresh off of a pair of wins against Big West Conference opponents, having defeated UC Riverside (5-2) and CS Fullerton (6-1) on Jan. 22.

FRESHMAN SENSATION: Cal freshman Suzi Babos has transformed herself into one of the nation's premier players, boasting a 15-1 fall record, the singles title from both the Cal Nike Invitational and ITA Northwest Regional Championships, as well a No. 3 national ranking/No. 1 regional ranking.

Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released Feb. 5, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings (as of Jan. 11, 2005):

	Singles	Suzi Babos - No. 3 (national)	             No. 1 (regional)	Monica Wiesener - No. 15 (regional)        Cristina Visico - No. 17 (regional)

FALL 2004: The Bears concluded a busy and successful fall season, competing in six tournaments. In those six tourneys, Cal captured two singles titles (Cal Nike Invitational, Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championships), as well a singles runner-up finish (ITA National Indoor Championships) and doubles runner-up finish (Cal Nike Invitational).

BROGAN'S LEGACY: In her 25 years at Cal, Jan Brogan has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country, guiding the Bears to 23 NCAA appearances, three AIAW showings and 18 Top-10 finishes since 1982. Brogan has also produced four national champion doubles teams, 54 All-Americans, 15 first team All-Pac-10 selections and three conference Player of the Year honorees. She currently boasts a 470-187 (.715) dual match record, making her the fifth winningest coach in University of California history. Brogan has received an impressive list of accolades. Her continued dedication to excellence earned her the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year award in 1990, in addition to ITA Northwest Region Coach of the Year honors in 1988, 1991 and 1993. She has also been named conference coach of the year eight times during her career, six consecutive years from 1982-1987 ('82-86 NorPac, '87 Pac-10) and twice more in 1992 and '94 (Pac-10). A successful teaching professional in Los Gatos before taking Cal's head coaching job in 1978, Brogan has been a member of the ITA Board of Directors, ITA Operating Committee, NCAA Championship Tennis Committee and is the co-chair of the ITA Sport Science Committee assignment in 1985 and in 1995 as the U.S. women's head coach at the World University Games.

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