No. 18 California Hosts No. 53 Purdue, Princeton and No. 35 Pepperdine
March 16, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 18 Golden Bears (7-3 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) will host No. 53 Purdue Wednesday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m.; Princeton Friday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 35 Pepperdine Monday, March 21 at 12:00 noon. All of the matches will be played at the Hellman Tennis Center.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Purdue (2-6 overall) is riding a four-game losing streak after upsetting No. 10 Texas A&M. The Boilermakers are 1-3 against Top 20 opponents. The senior doubles pair of Lara Burgarello and Shawna Zuccarini is ranked 54th ... Princeton (4-4 overall) recovered from dropping a close match (4-3) to No. 29 Oregon on March 13, defeating Portland, 5-0. First-year coach Kathy Sell leads the Tigers ... Pepperdine improved to 9-3 on the season with their fifth consecutive win March 13 over No. 40 Fresno State. The Waves are led by German-born sophomore Caroline Raba and coached by Gualberto Escudero (26th year, 446-208).
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 16 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 which came over nationally-ranked opponents. In addition to compiling an 8-1 dual record as Cal's top singles player, Babos captured the singles titles from both the Cal Nike Invitational and ITA West Regional Championships.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: Last week, the Golden Bears defeated No. 66 Pacific, 5-2. Cal took the doubles point, sweeping all three matches. Court one saw Suzi Babos and Marion Ravelojaona defeat Vana Mrazovic and Katharina Heil, 8-0. Stephanie Kusano and Shu beat Natalia Kostenko and Viktoria Szendrei on court two, 8-4. Tiffany Lee and Cristina Visico completed the sweep on court three, where they were 8-3 winners over Katharina Trumpf and Anja Herrmann. The Bears continued their winning ways in singles, picking up four of six matches. Kusano defeated Heil, 6-0; 6-2, on court two, while fellow freshman Ravelojaona notched a win on court three over Kostenko, 6-4; 6-1. Junior co-captain Shu came out ahead over Trumpf, 6-1; 4-6 (10-4), while Visico was victorious on court six, defeating Szendrei, 6-1; 6-1.
Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released March 22, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings (as of March 8, 2005):SinglesSuzi Babos - No. 5 (national) No. 1 (regional)Monica Wiesener - No. 15 (regional)Cristina Visico - No. 17 (regional)DoublesNone
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.