No. 17 California Battles Trio of Pac-10 Opponents
March 29, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 17 Golden Bears (11-3 overall, 1-1 Pac-10) put their seven-match win streak on the line in Palo Alto Wednesday, March 30 to face No. 1 Stanford at the Taube Tennis Center at 1:30 p.m. The Bears return home and host No. 49 Arizona Friday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 33 Arizona State Saturday, April 2 at 12 noon at the Hellman Tennis Center.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: No. 49 Arizona (6-8 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) is paced by a trio of seniors in Dianne Hollands, Maja Mlakar and Kelly Perry, who are a combined 28-12 in singles dual match play this year. The Wildcats are coached by Vicky Maes (4th season) ... No. 33 Arizona State (5-6 overall, 1-2 Pac-10) is led by sophomore Kady Pooler and senior Lauren Colalillo, who have combined to win 15 of their 19 dual singles matches this year. Pooler has won nine of her past 11 duals, while Colalillo has won six of her last eight. The Sun Devils are coached by Sheila McInerney (21st season, 301-179).
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Cal's co-captains, junior Jessica Shu and freshman Suzi Babos, are proving to be more than capable team leaders. Babos, ranked No. 4 in the nation, leads the Bears with 28 wins, 15 of which came over nationally-ranked opponents. In addition to compiling a 12-2 dual record as Cal's top singles player, Babos captured the singles titles from both the Cal Nike Invitational and ITA West Regional Championships. Shu is second on the team with 18 wins, including six consecutive victories to open the dual-match season.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: On Wednesday, March 23, the Bears pulled off a stunning upset against No. 2 Northwestern, 4-2, handing the Wildcats just their second loss of the season. Cal swept the bottom half of the lineup in singles, notching wins on courts four, five and six. Sophomore Monica Wiesener outlasted Valerie Vladea on court four, 6-3; 2-6; 7-6. Junior co-captain Jessica Shu improved to 10-3 in dual matches, beating Jamie Peisel, 6-2; 6-4, on court five. Court six saw freshman Cristina Visico tally her 15th win of the year, beating Alexis Conill in straight sets, 6-2; 6-2. The Bears clinched the win on court one in a tremendous match which featured two of the nation's top-ranked players, both freshmen, Cal's No. 4 Babos and the Wildcats' No. 3 Audra Cohen. Babos recovered after dropping the first set to Cohen, coming away the winner, 4-6; 6-2; 6-4 ... Cal won its first Pac-10 match Friday, March 25, defeating No. 25 Oregon, 4-3. Cal dropped the doubles point, but did come away with one victory on court two. Freshman Stephanie Kusano and Shu edged Anna Powaska and Dominika Dieskova, 8-6. Cal recovered from the dropped doubles point, winning four of six matches in singles play. Babos improved to 28-4 on the season, defeating Daria Panova on court one, 6-4, 6-3. Fellow freshman Marion Ravelojaona was victorious on court two, picking up the win over Powaska in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Visico tallied a win on court six, defeating Anna Leksinska, 6-4, 6-0. The victory was clinched on court two, where Kusano bounced back strong after dropping the second set to Dieskova, winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
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.