No. 20 California Visits No. 11 UCLA, No. 3 USC
April 7, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 20 Golden Bears (12-5 overall, 2-2 Pac-10) continue Pac-10 Conference play as they travel to Los Angeles to battle a pair of elite opponents. California will meet No. 11 UCLA Friday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Saturday, April 9 will see the Bears battle No. 3 USC at Marks Stadium at 12.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: No. 11 UCLA (12-4 overall, 5-1 Pac-10) is led by a pair of Top 25 performers in No. 23 Rita Zalameda (23-8 overall) and No. 25 Daniela Bercek (7-5 dual). Zalameda and Bercek are also a part of the No. 2 doubles team and have a 25-4 record as a pair. UCLA, coached by Stella Sampras Webster (9th season, 145-81), is riding a six-match winning streak following their defeat of Oregon on April 2 ... No. 3 USC (15-1 overall, 5-0 Pac-10) boasts three nationally ranked players, including two ranked in the Top 15 in singles with freshmen Nicole Leimbach No. 10 and Lindsey Nelson (No. 13). Nelson, a perfect 16-0 in spring singles play, is 12-0 in doubles with partner Anca Anastasiu. The Trojans are coached by Richard Gallien (10th season, 219-107 career).
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Cal's co-captains, junior Jessica Shu and freshman No. 4 Suzi Babos, are proving to be more than capable team leaders. No. 4 Babos, leads the Bears with 30 wins, 17 of which have come over nationally-ranked opponents. In addition to compiling a 15-2 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 20 wins, including six consecutive victories to open the dual-match season, where she is currently 12-5.
VISICO ON A TEAR: Freshman Cristina Visico has been making some noise for the Bears on court six, where the Long Beach, Calif., native has won eight-consecutive matches. Visico, who has compiled an 18-9 overall mark this year, made her first appearance in the ITA singles rankings this week, coming in at No. 106.
BROGAN AIMS FOR NO. 500: Head coach Jan Brogan is one win shy of her 500th career victory. Brogan, the third winningest active NCAA women's tennis coach, also has the fourth most wins of any coach in California history.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Bears fell to No. 1 Stanford on March 30, 5-2, at the Cardinal's Taube Tennis Center. Cal dropped the doubles point, but did pick up a win on court one. The Freshman duo of Suzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano defeated Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette, 8-3. In singles, No. 4 Babos continued her impressive spring run, beating Amber Liu in straight sets, 7-5; 6-0. Cal's other win came on court six, where freshman Cristina Visico outlasted Lejla Hodzic in three sets, 6-4; 3-6; 1-0 ... Cal rebounded from the loss to notch their 12th win of the season, defeating No. 49 Arizona, 6-1, at home April 1. Cal opened the match dropping the doubles point, but quickly recovered in singles play, sweeping the matches. Babos won her team-high 29th match of the year, defeating Dianne Hollands, 6-1; 6-4. Kusano edged Maja Mlakar on court two, 5-7; 6-2 (10-4). Sophomore Monica Wiesener won her eighth dual match of the season, defeating Kelly Perry, 6-2; 6-3, on court three. Freshman Marion Ravelojaona was victorious in straight sets as well on court four, beating Stephanie Balzert, 7-5; 7-6. Junior co-captain Jessica Shu turned in a dominating performance on court five against Camelia Todorova, 6-0; 6-3. Freshman Visico was victorious on court six in two sets, 6-4; 6-2 ... The Bears weren't as successful on April 2, when they were upset by No. 33 Arizona State, 4-3. Cal wasn't able to win the doubles point, but did notch a victory on court one, where the freshman duo of Babos and Kusano defeated the Sun Devils' Lauren Colalillo and Kady Pooler, 8-5. Babos was victorious in singles as well, where she tallied her 15th dual match win over Sabrina Capannolo, 6-3;6-2. Kusano picked up a win for the Bears on court two, where she defeated Joslynn Burnett in straight sets, 6-3; 6-0. The Bears picked up their third singles win on court five, where Shu beat Colalillo in two sets, 6-2;6-0.
Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released April 19, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings (as of April 5, 2005):SinglesSuzi Babos - No. 4 (national) No. 1 (regional)Monica Wiesener - No. 15 (regional)Cristina Visico - No. 106 (national) No. 17 (regional)DoublesSuzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano - No. 49 (national)
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 499-200 (.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.