No. 9 Bears Return to Action, Host British University and Santa Clara

March 21, 2006

BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD:
The ninth-ranked California women's tennis team (4-1 Pac-10, 10-4) returns to action this week when it hosts British University, an English team on a foreign tour, on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Santa Clara (1-2 WCC, 5-8) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. All matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Center.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:

SANTA CLARA:
Santa Clara currently boasts a 5-8 overall record and recently defeated its South Bay rival San Jose State, 4-3. The Broncos grabbed the doubles point after winning the bottom two matches and then Erika Barnes, Kim Daniel and Myra Davoudi went on to tally three singles victories to insure the win for Santa Clara. The Broncos have a tough schedule ahead of them. After facing Cal on Friday, Santa Clara heads to No. 49 Sacramento State and then returns home to host Eastern Washington on Sunday.

BEARS AGAINST THE BRONOCS:
Cal holds a commanding 22-0 all-time record over Santa Clara. The last time these two teams met, which was in 2004, the Bears swept the Broncos, 7-0.

BEARS FALL TO NO. 1 STANFORD:
In Cal's last time out on the courts (3/11), the then-eighth-ranked Bears fell to No. 1 Stanford, 6-1, recording its first home loss of the season. On the singles court, the Bears tallied one victory over Stanford and took the Cardinal to three sets in half the matches. Sophomore Suzi Babos, who is currently ranked No. 29 in singles play, upset fifth-ranked Alice Barnes playing in the No. 2 position. Babos held Barnes to three sets, but won the tiebreaker 11-9. In other singles action, No. 9 Suzi Fodor was upset by No. 15 Amber Liu, 6-3, 6-4. Claire Ilcinkas, a freshman, took 49th-ranked Whitney Deason to three sets, but lost the tiebreaker 10-4. Cal dropped three other matches to ranked opponents.

CAL IN THE RANKINGS:
The California women's tennis is currently ranked No. 9 in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The Bears remain among the top 10 teams in the country for the sixth consecutive week. The rankings were released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on March 21.

SUPER SINGLES:
Four Cal players are ranked among the top singles competitors in the nation, including junior Zsuzsanna Fodor, who currently holds a No. 10 singles ranking. Teammate Suzi Babos, a sophomore from Sopron, Hungary, is ranked No. 21, while Cristina Visico is No. 69. Sophomore Marion Ravelojaona, who joins the Bears from Paris, France, holds a No. 103 ranking. Cal has one doubles team in the rankings, in Babos and Fodor, who are ranked 26th.

FIERCE FODOR:
Fodor, a junior from Budapest, Hungary, currently boasts 14-3 overall singles record for 2006. She is 10-2 when playing No. 1 singles for the Bears and 4-1 in Pac-10 play. Her only conference loss of the season came at the hands of Stanford's No. 15 Amber Liu.

NEXT UP:
The Bears hit the road next week as they travel to Fort Worth, Texas to face Texas Christian University on March 28, and then Baylor on March 29 in Waco, Texas. Cal then returns to the West Coast to face Oregon on April 1 in Eugene, Ore.

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