No. 17 California Travels to Hawaii to Face Rainbow Wahine
Feb. 1, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 17 Golden Bears (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10) travel to Honolulu, HI, to take on Hawaii's Rainbow Wahine (0-2, 0-0 WAC). The match is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. at the UH Tennis Complex.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The No. 17 Golden Bears (2-0 overall) picked up their second win of the season on Jan. 29, defeating San Diego State, 5-2, at the University of San Diego's West Courts. Cal clinched the victory, winning five of six singles matches. Freshman Suzi Babos made quick work of Alesya Vidov on court one, 6-0; 6-0. Sophomore Monica Wiesener outlasted the Aztec's Dita Haverlandova on court two in three sets, 6-4; 2-6; 4-1 (retire). Cal's Cristina Visico, Marion Ravelojaona and Jessica Shu all picked up straight-set wins on courts four, five and six, respectively.
THIS WEEKS OPPONENT: The University of Hawaii enters this week's match having dropped their first two matches of the season (No. 1 Stanford, No. 33 Illinois). The Rainbow Wahine are led by senior Lauren Fitzgerald, No. 94 in singles nationally. Fitzgerald was recently named WAC Player of the Month for November after posting a 2-1 singles record, including an upset win over preseason No. 7 Diane Hollands of Arizona. Cal has won all three previous meetings between the two universities. Hawaii is coached by Carolyn Katayama (52-72, 5th year).
FRESHMAN SENSATION: Cal freshman Suzi Babos has transformed herself into one of the nation's premier players, boasting an 18-2 singles record (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. The Sopron, Hungary, native's record includes a 15-match win streak, and victories over Northwestern's No. 4 Cristelle Grier, Clemson's No. 5 Julie Coin and Stanford's Alice Barnes (No. 12) and Erin Burdette (No. 22).
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.