No. 17 Cal Opens Season at Michigan Invitational

Jan. 10, 2006

BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD: The No. 17 California Golden Bears open the 2006 spring tennis season this weekend at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., against No. 35 Michigan, Louisiana State and No. 4 Georgia Tech. The action will kick off Friday and conclude Sunday, with matches being played all day.

RANKED BEARS: The following are the 2006 FILA collegiate tennis rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, announced Jan. 10. As a team Cal earned a No. 17 national ranking, while six Cal singles players are ranked among the top 100 and one doubles team is ranked among the top 10:

TEAM:No. 17 - California

DOUBLES:No. 7 - Babos/Fodor

SINGLES:No. 17 - Suzi BabosNo. 19 - Zsuzsanna FodorNo. 34 - Marion RavelojaonaNo. 61 - Stephanie KusanoNo. 83- Claire IlcinkasNo. 92 - Cristina Visico

FALL 2005 WRAP UP: Cal wrapped up the 2005 fall season at the ITA National Indoors and ASU Invitational. Zsuzsanna Fodor defeated Stanford's Theresa Logar (11/3/05) to capture the singles title at the ITA Regional Qualifier and earn a spot at the National Indoor Championships. Suzi Babos, who also qualified for the indoors, was unable to compete after suffering a severely sprained ankle in practice. Stephanie Kusano was a second alternate for the indoors, but fell in the first round. Kusano ended the fall with a 7-6 singles record.

BABOS IS BACK: In Cal's first tournament of the season, the Cal Invitational, Babos advanced as far as the finals, but was defeated by Maja Kovacek of UNM (6-3,6-3). Babos ended the fall season with a 6-2 singles record and notched a 6-2 doubles record with Fodor. The duo advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Main Draw.

SENIOR CAPTAIN: Senior captain Jessica Shu captured her first singles title after winning the ASU Invitational (11-7-05). Shu defeated Rebecca Rankin of ASU, 6-1, 6-2 in the singles finals. Shu notched an 8-3 singles record and a 4-2 doubles record with Cristina Visico.

STAND OUT SOPHOMORE: Sophomore Marion Ravelojaona wrapped up the fall season after an outstanding showing, recording a 10-2 singles record after an 8-0 start. Ravelojaona notched a 6-1 singles record with teammate Claire Ilcinkas.

SOLID FRESHMAN: Freshman Bojana Bobusic had a strong fall season, ending with an 8-3 singles record and advancing as far as the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Qualifier. A talented doubles player, Bobusic tallied a 3-1 record with both Ravelojaona and Ilcinkas.

HEAD COACH Jan Brogan: Head coach Jan Brogan is entering into her 28th year at the helm for Cal women's tennis and has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country, guiding the Bears to 24 NCAA appearances, three AIAW showings, including a trip to the finals in 1982, and 18 Top 10 finishes since 1982. She has also produced four national champion doubles teams, 56 All-Americans, 16 first-team All-Pac-10 selections and four conference player of the year honorees during her career. Brogan currently boasts a 501-205 (.709) dual-match record, and notched her 500th career win last spring when Cal defeated Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Brogan is just the fourth Cal coach to reach the 500-win plateau.

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