Cal Qualifies for 24th Consecutive NCAA Championships
May 4, 2005
Berkeley - Continuing a streak that now spans nearly a quarter-century, the California women's tennis team has been selected to participate in the 2005 NCAA Championships. The Golden Bears (12-8) will face the University of Mississippi (13-9) in Coral Gables, Fla., Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m.
Should Cal defeat the Rebels, they will play either ninth-seeded Miami (20-4) or Florida Atlantic (9-10) on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. The winner of the regional will advance to the Round of 16, hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
The Bears, competing in their 24th-consecutive championship, are one of only three teams, with UCLA and Stanford, to participate in all 24 NCAA Tournaments since the competitions inception in 1982. Cal has reached the quarterfinal round 16 times and earned NCAA semifinal berths in 1985, '86, '99, 2000 and '03.
Currently ranked 24th in the nation, the Bears are led by co-captains Jessica Shu and Suzi Babos, the No. 8 singles player in the nation. Head coach Jan Brogan, with 499 career wins, will be looking to capture No. 500. Brogan, the third winningest active NCAA women's tennis coach, also has the fourth most wins of any coach in California history
Last year, Cal defeated Illinois State, 4-0, in the first round before falling to No. 16 Fresno State in the regional championship.