No. 13 Bears Host No. 4 USC and No. 10 UCLA
April 5, 2006
The 13th-ranked California women's tennis team returns home this week to host No. 4 USC on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 10 UCLA on Saturday at noon. All matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Center.
END OF THE SEASON
With the end of the season fast approaching, Cal has five regular season matches remaining on its schedule before heading into postseason play. The Bears travel to the Pac-10 Championships, which are being held April 27-30 in Ojai, Calif.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
The fourth-ranked Trojans are currently 13-2 overall and boast a 4-0 Pac-10 record. USC hosts its crosstown rival, UCLA, on Tuesday after their previously scheduled match was rained out. The Trojans picked up their second and third straight wins last weekend against conference opponents, defeating No. 30 Arizona, 6-1, and No. 13 Arizona State, 5-2. USC currently has four players ranked among the top 55 singles in the country, including freshman Amanda Fink, who is ranked ninth in the nation, while Dianne Matias is No. 28, Luana Magnani is No. 49 and Lindsey Nelson is No. 51. On the doubles court two duos are ranked, including #18 Magnani/Nelson and #32 Magnani/Fink.
BEARS AGAINST THE TROJANS
Cal is 22-28 all-time against the Trojans. Earlier this season (2/18), USC defeated Cal, 4-3.
Tenth-ranked UCLA is coming off two victories over the Arizona schools, after defeating No. 30 Arizona, 5-2 and No. 13 ASU, 6-1. With the wins, the Bruins improve to 12-2 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-10. UCLA currently has five ranked singles players, including #20 Laura Gordon, #42 Tracy Lin, #110 Ashley Joelson, #117 Alex McGoodwin, and #124 Anna-Viktoria Lind. The Bruins also have one doubles team in the rankings, in Gordon and Zalameda, who are currently ranked 23rd.
BEARS AGAINST THE BRUINS
Cal is 23-31 all-time against the Bruins. In their last match up, which was earlier this year (2/17), the Bruins downed the Bears, 4-3.
Cal dropped three places in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, from No. 10 to No. 13, which were administered April 4. This marks the first time in seven weeks that Cal has not been among the top 10 teams in the country.
Cal currently boasts four singles players in the national rankings, including Suzi Fodor who is ranked tenth, while Suzi Babos is No. 27, Cristina Visico is 98th and Marion Ravelojaona is 106th.
Cal's Babos and Fodor moved up in the doubles ranking after these past two weeks of play, from 26th to 19th.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
The Bears are 6-1 so far this season on their home court and have defeated four ranked opponents at Hellman Tennis Center.
Cal is 7-4 against ranked opponents so far this season. The Bears' biggest upset came on Feb. 2 at the ITA National Team Indoors, when the then 18th-ranked Bears defeated then fifth-ranked Northwestern, 5-2.
CAL GOES 2-1 ON THE ROAD
Last week the Bears defeated two out of three opponents on the road. Cal's first stop was Fort Worth, Texas, where the Bears narrowly defeated 23rd-ranked TCU, 4-3. With the match tied 2-2, after Cal had clinched the doubles point, senior captain Jessica Shu and freshman Bojana Bobusic ensured the victory for the Bears with their wins on courts five and six. Cal then traveled to Waco, Texas where they fell 6-1 to the ninth-ranked Baylor Bears. Although Cal dropped all six singles matches, they swept the doubles point. Zsuzsanna Fodor and Suzi Babos, who currently hold a No. 26 doubles ranking, outlasted Zuzana Cerna and Klara Zrustova, 8-5, playing on the first court. Stephanie Kusano teamed up with Bobusic to tally a victory for the Bears in the No. 2 position, while Cristina Visico and Claire Ilcinkas recorded a win on court three. Cal then returned to the West Coast and conference play, to defeat Pac-10 foe Oregon, 5-2. After dropping the doubles point to the Ducks, Cal went on to record five out of six victories on the singles court.
Suzi Babos, a sophomore from Sopron, Hungary, is currently 6-0 in Pac-10 singles play and holds a No. 21 singles ranking. Babos has also recorded an 11-6 dual-match record.
Cal travels to Arizona next week to face ASU on Friday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. and Arizona on Saturday, April 15 at noon.
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