No. 21 California Hosts Top-Seeded Stanford
April 14, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 21 Golden Bears (12-7 overall, 2-4 Pac-10) wrap-up regular-season play, hosting No. 1 Stanford Saturday, April 16 at 12 noon at the Hellman Tennis Center.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Stanford (18-0 overall, 7-0 Pac-10) is looking to claim their 18th-straight Pac-10 Conference title. The Cardinal, in the midst of a 48-match winning streak, are led by sophomore No. 9 Amber Liu and junior No. 20 Erin Burdette. Stanford, coached by Lele Forood (5th year, 111-3), have faced the Bears once this year, capturing a 5-2 victory on March 30.
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 15-4 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 14-5.
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 11-consecutive matches. Visico, who has compiled a 21-9 overall mark this year, made her first appearance in the ITA singles rankings last 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 California women's tennis team fell to No. 11 UCLA, 5-2, on April 8 in Los Angeles. While Cal wasn't able to come away with the doubles point, they did pick up a win on court three, where the new doubles duo of Marion Ravelojaona and Cristina Visico defeated Sarah Gregg and Elizabeth Lumpkin in a close match, 9-7. Cal tallied two victories in singles play on courts five and six. Senior Jessica Shu improved to 13-5 in dual matches when she defeated Tracy Lin on court five in straight sets, 6-4; 6-4. Freshman Visico, currently ranked No. 106 in the nation in singles, upset No. 98 Laura Gordon on court six in three sets, 4-6; 6-3; 6-0 ... The Bears headed to Marks Stadium on April 9, where they lost a close match to No. 3 USC, 4-3. The Bears dropped the doubles point, but picked up a win on court one, where the No. 49 duo of Suzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano defeated the Trojans' Dianne Matias and Nicole Leimback, 9-8. Cal made things close in singles, where they notched three victories. Freshman Kusano pulled off a stunning upset on court two, defeating No. 13 Lindsey Nelson in straight sets, 7-5; 6-4. Shu notched another victory for the Bears on court five, where she outlasted Carine Vermeulen in three sets, 6-1; 4-6; 6-1. Court three saw Visico win her 11th consecutive match, defeating Tarlynn Snyder, 6-1; 6-2.
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 499-202 (.714) 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.