No. 6 Cal Travels to Los Angeles
Feb. 14, 2006
BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD:
The sixth-ranked California women's tennis team travels to Los Angeles this week to face 17th-ranked UCLA, and fourth-ranked USC. This weekend's matches will not count in the Pac-10 standings.Cal will face UCLA on Friday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. and USC on Saturday, Feb. 18 at noon.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
The No. 17 UCLA Bruins (4-1) suffered their first loss last weekend against then-No. 25 Pepperdine, 4-3. The Bruins started out the season shutting out their first four opponents in Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, Rice, and UC Irvine, 7-0. UCLA has three singles players among the top-100 in the country, including No. 77 Alex McGoodwin, No. 94 Laura Gordon, and No. 99 Ashley Joelson. The Bruins are led by 10th-year head coach Stella Sampras Webster, who currently boasts a career record of 154-84.
BEARS AGAINST THE BRUINS:
Cal holds an all-time record of 23-30 against UCLA. The last time these two teams met, (April 8, 2005), the Bruins defeated Cal 5-2.
Fourth-ranked USC currently holds a 3-0 record, and most recently defeated then-No. 64 San Diego (7-0) on Jan. 25. The Trojans are led by freshman Amanda Fink, who is ranked No. 3 nationally in singles play. Other ranked Trojans include No. 69 Luana Magnani and No. 69 Dianne Matias. On the doubles court, Magnani and Fink hold a No. 9 national ranking, while Matias and teammate Judy DeVera are ranked 13th. At the helm for USC is 11th-year head coach Richard Gallien. Gallien currently boasts a 179-97 career record.
BEARS AGAINST THE TROJANS:
In their last meeting, (April 9, 2005), the Trojans defeated Cal, 4-3. The Bears are 22-27 all-time against USC.
BEARS SWEEP No. 52 SAN DIEGO STATE:
Last Friday, the Bears swept the Aztecs, 7-0, at Hellman Tennis Center. Cal started off the match strong, winning the doubles point by defeating two out of three opponents to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Cal then grabbed all six singles points. 14th-ranked Suzi Babos defeated Dita Hauerlandova, 6-4, 6-1, playing No. 1 singles, while 19th-ranked Suzi Fodor outlasted Eliska Krausova, 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 2 position.
CAL HANDS No. 38 UNLV ITS FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON:
Cal defeated No. 38 UNLV last Saturday at home, downing the Rebels 6-1 and marking their first loss of the season. Cal won the doubles point to start off the morning, winning two out of three matches. Doubles teams Suzi Fodor and Claire Ilcinkas and Marion Ravelojaona and Bojana Bobusic each notched their second victory of the weekend after defeating their opponents. In singles play, Cal grabbed five out of the six matches. Fodor, Suzi Babos, Ravelojaona, Ilcinkas and senior captain Jessica Shu all tallied a victory on the singles court for the Bears.
CAL STAYS PERFECT AT HOME:
After defeating SDSU and UNLV last weekend, the Bears stay perfect at home. Cal is currently 4-0 at Hellman Tennis Center.
FODOR EARNS HONORS:
Suzi Fodor has been named the women's tennis Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 6 - 12. In Cal's 6-0 singles sweep over San Diego State, Fodor, a junior from Budapest, Hungary, outlasted Eliska Krausova, 6-1, 6-4, in the No. 2 position. Fodor, who is currently ranked 19th nationally, went on to defeat eighth-ranked Elena Gantcheva, 7-6, 6-3, as the sixth-ranked Bears handed No. 38 UNLV its first loss of the season. The win marked Fodor's fourth victory in the No. 1 singles position this year. Fodor also posted two victories in the No. 2 doubles position last week. Against San Diego State, Fodor and Claire Ilcinkas defeated Alesya Vidov and Milana Yusupow, 8-2. The duo went on to outlast UNLV's Sharon Marin and Claire Smith, 9-7, on Saturday. This is Fodor's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor.
CAL IN THE RANKINGS:
The Bears started off the season ranked No. 17, but with wins over ranked opponents, Cal has moved up in the polls to No. 6 where it has remained for the past two weeks.
After traveling to L.A., Cal will travel to the Northwest Friday, Feb. 24 to face Washington, at 11:00 a.m. and then to Pullman Saturday, Feb. 25, to take on Washington State at 11:00 a.m.
Fila Collegiate Tennis RankingsAdministered by the ITANCAA Division I Women's TennisFebruary 14, 2006
LW Points1 1 Stanford (10) 7502 2 Florida 7403 3 Texas 7304 4 Southern California 7205 5 Duke 7146 6 California 7037 7 Georgia Tech 6878 8 Northwestern 6759 9 Harvard 65310 11 Baylor 64311 10 North Carolina 62912 12 TCU 62713 13 Miami (Fla.) 62014 14 Vanderbilt 61715 22 Notre Dame 58616 16 Arizona State 57417 15 UCLA 56318 17 Georgia 55919 18 Kentucky 55720 21 BYU 554