CAL TRAVELS TO ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOORS
Jan. 31, 2006
BERKELEY - THIS WEEK:
The No. 17 California women's tennis team (2-0) heads to Madison, Wis., this week for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor competition, Feb. 2-5. Action takes place all day at the University of Wisconsin's A.C. Nielson Tennis Stadium.
CAL AND THE INDOORS:
The Bears face No. 3-seeded Northwestern at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Cal has made 11 total appearances at the Team Indoors and boasts a 19-17 overall record. The Bears' best showing was in 2000, when they were the runner up to Stanford.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Fourth-ranked Northwestern (1-0) kicked off its 2006 dual schedule last weekend, defeating No. 3 Texas, 6-1. Leading the Wildcats in singles play is junior Alexis Prousis, who is currently ranked 12th in the nation, and 23rd ranked Cristelle Grier. Prousis and Grier hold a No. 8 doubles ranking and have gone 12-2 on the doubles court. At the helm for the Wildcats is seventh year head coach Claire Pollard, who currently boasts a 135-35 record at Northwestern.
ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOORS:
The ITA National Team Indoor Championships is collegiate tennis' premier indoor team tournament, which features the top 16 teams in the country. This marks the 19th year of the Indoor Championships, which will include two-time defending champion and No. 1-ranked Stanford. All 16 teams in this year's competition are ranked among the top-25 in the country: No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 4 Northwestern, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 8 Baylor, No. 9 Miami (Fla.), No. 10 North Carolina, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Duke, No. 15 Texas, No. 16 TCU, No. 18 California, No. 19 Harvard and No. 23 BYU.
USD MATCH CANCELLED:
Cal's dual match against the University of San Diego was cancelled last Saturday due to rain. The match will not be rescheduled.
The Bears have gotten off to a strong start in 2006, going 2-0 in dual-match play, sweeping both of its opponents. Cal opened the season at home two weeks ago with a double header, defeating Cal Poly and Saint Mary's, 7-0.
Sophomore Suzi Babos, a Sopron, Hungary native, is currently ranked No. 14 nationally in singles and boasts a 4-1 record for the spring. Babos has recorded one victory playing in the No. 1 singles position.
Zsuzsanna Fodor entered the spring ranked No. 19 nationally and currently holds a 4-1 overall singles record. Fodor and Babos have a No. 7 doubles ranking.
Senior captain Jessica Shu and sophomore Cristina Visico have notched a 3-0 overall doubles record for the spring season, with two of those victories being played at the No. 3 doubles position.
AS A TEAM:
As a team, the Golden Bears have notched a 24-9 overall singles record for the spring and a 9-3 doubles record.
HEAD COACH Jan Brogan:
Head coach Jan Brogan is entering her 28th year at the helm of Cal women's tennis and currently boasts a 503-205 dual-match record. She recorded 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.