No. 16 California Hosts the University of the Pacific
March 8, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 16 Golden Bears (6-3 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) will host No. 66 University of the Pacific (8-1overall), Wednesday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Center.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: The Tigers are led by sophomore No. 62 Vana Mrazovic, 7-2 from the No. 1 position and 12-5 overall on the year. Junior Natalia Kostenko, second on the team with 15 wins, is a perfect 9-0 on court three. Pacific, coached by Bob Chiene (3rd year, 21-21) is currently riding a four-game win streak.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Cal's co-captains, junior Jessica Shu and freshman Suzi Babos, are proving to be more than capable team leaders. Shu is second on the team with 15 wins, including six consecutive victories to open the dual-match season. Babos, ranked No. 5 in the nation, leads the team with 24 wins, 13 of those coming over nationally-ranked opponents. In addition to compiling an 8-1 dual record from the No. 1 position, Babos captured the singles titles from both the Cal Nike Invitational and ITA West Regional Championships.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: Last week, the No. 16 Golden Bears swept both Arizona schools on their two-game road trip. March 4 saw Cal defeat No. 27 Arizona State, 6-1, in Tempe, Ariz. In doubles, freshmen Suzi Babos and Marion Ravelojaona picked up a win on court one, defeating Sabrina Colalillo and Kady Pooler, 8-5. Stephanie Kusano and Jessica Shu clinched the doubles point for the Bears with a win over Sabrina Capannolo and Jessica Leitch on court two, 8-5. Cal also netted five of six singles' victories. Then-No. 7 Babos outlasted Cappanolo, 6-3; 1-6; 6-4, on court one. Ravelojaona was victorious on court two, beating the Sun Devil's Joslynn Burkett, 2-6; 6-4; 7-6(4). Kusano notched a win on court three over Leitch, 7-6(1); 6-2. Senior Brooke Borisoff scored her first dual win of the season over Wendy Pilecka, 6-4; 6-4. Cristina Visico sealed the win for the Bears on court six, beating Colalillo, 6-1; 7-6(3). Cal followed the win up with a 4-2 defeat of Arizona on March 6. After dropping the doubles point, the Bears clinched the victory in singles play, where they captured four victories. No. 7 Babos improved to 8-1 in dual matches on court one, where she defeated Maja Mlakar, 6-1; 6-1. Freshman Kusano came away with her second consecutive win on court three, beating Stephanie Balzert, 6-1; 6-2. Junior co-captain Shu notched her 15th win of the season, defeating Kasia Jakowlew, 6-1; 6-4, on court five. Visico won Cal's fourth singles match on court six, defeating Camelia Todorova in straight sets, 6-0; 6-1.
Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released March 22,2005. The latest ITA individual rankings (as of March 8, 2005):Singles DoublesSuzi Babos - No. 5 (national) None No. 1 (regional)Monica Wiesener - No. 15 (regional)Cristina Visico - No. 17 (regional)
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 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 487-196 (.715) dual match record, making her the fourth winningest coach in University of California history. 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.