No. 21 California Travels to Pac-10 Championships
April 20, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 21 Golden Bears (12-8 overall, 2-5 Pac-10) travel to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-10 Individual Championships Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, April 24.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pac-10 Individual Championships, held in conjunction with the 105th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, will decide the Conference's singles and doubles champions. The Pac-10's feature two 32-player singles draws (Main and Invite), as well as two 16-player doubles draws (Main and Invite). Competing in the main draw will be Suzi Babos, Cristina Visico, Stephanie Kusano and Monica Wiesener. The Invite will feature Brooke Borisoff, Marion Ravelojaona, Jessica Shu and Tiffany Lee. The doubles main draw includes Babos and Kusano, while the invite features three Cal teams in Ravelojaona and Visico, Borisoff and Wiesener along with Lee and Shu.
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. 6 Babos leads the Bears with 30 wins, 17 of which have come over nationally-ranked opponents. In addition to compiling a 15-5 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 23 wins, including six consecutive victories to open the dual-match season, where she is currently 15-6.
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 12-consecutive matches. Visico, who has compiled a 22-9 overall mark this year, has moved up in the ITA rankings this week to No. 94.
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: On Saturday, April 16, the California women's tennis team fell to No. 1 Stanford, 6-1, at the Hellman Tennis Center. With the loss, the Golden Bears ended the regular season 12-8 overall, 2-5 in Pac-10 play, while Stanford captured their 50th consecutive victory, moving to 21-0 overall, 7-0 Pac-10. The Cardinal opened play capturing the doubles point, but Cal's No. 49 duo of Suzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano upset No. 29 Anne Yelsey and Amber Liu in a tight match on court one, 9-8 (8-7). The Bears picked up one win in singles on court six, where freshman No. 106 Cristina Visico tallied her 12th consecutive victory after Lejla Hodzic was forced to withdraw due to injury in the first set.
Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released April 26, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings (as of April 19, 2005):SinglesSuzi Babos - No. 6 (national) No. 1 (regional)Stephanie Kusano - No. 76 (national)Monica Wiesener - No. 15 (regional)Cristina Visico - No. 94 (national) No. 17 (regional)DoublesSuzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano - No. 44 (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 499-204 (.709) 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.