No. 17 Cal Hosts Cal Poly, Saint Mary's

Jan. 18, 2006

BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD: The No. 17 California Golden Bears host Cal Poly Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by Saint Mary's at 2 p.m. in the first dual match of the season. All matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Courts at UC Berkeley. Results will be posted on following play.

SAINT MARY'S: Saint Mary's finished the 2005 season with an 11-9 overall record and a fourth-place West Coast Conference finish, its best finish in school history. This weekend's match against Cal will kick off the spring season for the Gaels.

CAL POLY: Cal Poly dropped its season opener last weekend to No. 28 Pepperdine, 6-1, despite a strong effort from junior Carol Erickson who defeated previously nationally ranked player Caroline Raba, 6-3, 6-4 giving the Mustangs its only point of the day. Cal Poly starts out the spring season 0-1. The Mustangs finished the 2005 season with a 9-12 overall record and a fifth-place Big West Conference finish.

MICHIGAN INVITATIONAL: Cal opened its spring season last weekend at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., against No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 35 Michigan and Louisiana State. On day two and three of the invitational, Cal defeated six out of its eight opponents on the singles court, while recording victories in three out of seven doubles matches.

SOLID FRESHMAN: Freshman Bojana Bobusic started off the season strong, recording three singles victories and notching one doubles victory with teammate Stephanie Kusano at the Michigan Invitational. The duo defeated Georgia Tech's No. 42 Anderson/McCray, 8-4. Kusano grabbed two singles matches, defeating Tiffany Tucker of LSU, 6-0, 6-1, on day three.

STRONG SHOWING: In other tournament action, sophomore Suzi Babos, No. 17, defeated No. 48 Nina Yaftali of Michigan, 6-2, 6-2. No. 19 Junior Zsuzsanna Fodor recorded a victory over Michigan's No. 76 Debra Streifler, 6-1, 6-2. Seventh ranked doubles team Babos and Fodor picked up one doubles victory over Dubova/Hedberg of LSU, 8-4.

HEAD COACH Jan Brogan: Head coach Jan Brogan is entering her 28th year at the helm of Cal women's tennis and has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country. She has guided 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.

RANKED BEARS: 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. The following are the 2006 FILA collegiate tennis rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, announced Jan. 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

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