No. 24 California Welcomes No. 2 Northwestern, No. 25 Oregon
March 23, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 24 Golden Bears (9-3 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) host a pair of Top 25 opponents, facing No. 2 Northwestern Wednesday, March 23 and No. 25 Oregon Friday, March 25. Both matches will be played at 12 noon at the Hellman Tennis Center.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Northwestern's (11-1 overall) No. 2 national ranking is its highest in school history. The Wildcats, coming off of an 18-day break, are led by freshman-phenom No. 3 Audra Cohen, 33-3 overall in singles play ... Oregon (12-2 overall) opened the 2005 dual season with eight-consecutive wins. Sophomore Dominika Dieskova, ranked No. 73, is 11-3 in dual matches from courts one and two.
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 17 wins, including six consecutive victories to open the dual-match season. Babos, ranked No. 4 in the nation, leads the team with 26 wins, 14 of which came over nationally-ranked opponents. In addition to compiling a 10-2 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: Wednesday, March 16 saw the Bears hand No. 53 Purdue a 5-2 loss. After dropping the doubles point, Cal came back strong in singles play, capturing five of six matches. Freshman No. 5 Suzi Babos tallied her team-high 25th victory of the year on court one, defeating Hali Sufi, 6-1; 6-1. Freshman Stephanie Kusano got her second consecutive win from court two, beating Stephanie Wooten, 4-6; 6-2; 6-1. Sophomore Monica Wiesener won in straight sets on court three, 6-2; 6-1, over Shawna Zuccarini. Court four saw freshman Marion Ravelojaona net her seventh dual win of the season, defeating Alyssa Rodriguez, 6-2; 6-0. Junior co-captain Jessica Shu was victorious on court five, beating Brooke Beier in straight sets, 6-4; 6-3 ... Cal continued its winning ways, defeating Princeton, 6-1, on March 19. Cal opened play capturing the doubles point, winning two of three matches. Court one saw Cal's freshman duo of Babos and Ravelojaona defeat Stephanie Berg and Jessica Siebel, 8-2. The Bears clinched the doubles point on court three, where another team of freshmen, Tiffany Lee and Cristina Visico were victorious over Christine Kansky and Laura Trimble, 8-5. Cal's success carried over into singles, where the Bears picked up five of six matches. Babos won in straight sets over Darcy Robertson, 6-1; 6-2, as did Kusano, who defeated Siebel on court two, 6-1; 6-1. Cal went on to pick up wins on courts four, five and six to ensure the victory. Ravelojaona defeated Trimble in straight sets, 6-1; 6-3. Co-captain Shu was victorious, picking up a win over Joanna Roth, 6-1; 6-3. Visico won on court six, beating Berg, 6-2; 6-3.
Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released April 5, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings (as of March 22, 2005):SinglesSuzi Babos - No. 4 (national) 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. She currently boasts a 496-199 (.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.