Bears Host Santa Clara and Travel to No. 1 Stanford
April 18, 2006
BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD
The sixth-ranked California women's tennis team hosts Santa Clara on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Hellman Tennis Center, in its final home match of the season. The Bears then travel to top-ranked Stanford on Saturday at noon.
END OF THE SEASON
After its final two-regular season home matches this week, Cal will gear up for postseason action. The Bears travel to the Pac-10 Championships April 27-30, which are being held in Ojai, Calif. Cal then prepares for the NCAA Regionals, which take place May 12-13.
BEARS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Cal moved up five places in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, from No. 11 to No. 6, after sweeping the Arizona schools last weekend. The rankings were administered April 18 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Cal has been ranked among the top 15 teams in the country for the past 10 weeks.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Santa Clara (6-10) is coming off a road loss to Fresno State, as the Broncos fell 7-0 to the Bulldogs last weekend. Prior to that, the Broncos dropped their last match to West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's, as they fell 7-0 to the Gaels. Damon Coupe is in his second year at the helm for Santa Clara.
BEARS AGAINST THE BRONCOS
The Bears are undefeated against Santa Clara at 22-0. The last time these two teams met, which was in 2004, Cal swept the Broncos, 7-0.
The top-ranked Cardinal (7-0 Pac-10, 22-0) extended its win streak to 78 straight matches last weekend after defeating Arizona State, 6-1, and also clinched a share of the Pac-10 title, the 19th conference crown in program history. Stanford's 78-consecutive wins is a new NCAA record, besting the previous mark of 76 by the Stanford Women's Tennis Program between 1988-91. The Cardinal currently has five singles players in the rankings, including No. 6 Theresa Logar, No. 7 Alice Barnes, No. 12 Anne Yelsey, No. 17 Amber Liu and No. 65 Jessica Nguyen. Stanford also has two doubles team in the rankings, in No. 1 Barnes and Yelsey and No. 27 Liu and Celia Durkin.
BEARS AGAINST THE CARDINAL
Cal is 7-54 all-time against the Cardinal. On March 11 of this season, Cal fell to Stanford, 6-1.
CAL SWEEPS ARIZONA SCHOOLS ON THE ROAD
The Bears traveled to Arizona last week to grab two road victories over No. 18 Arizona State and No. 30 Arizona. Cal defeated Arizona State, 5-2, clinching the doubles point along with four singles victories. Against Arizona, the Bears again won the doubles point and gave up only one singles match on court No. 1.
Cal currently boasts five singles players in the national rankings. Suzi Fodor jumped from No. 10 to No. 8, while Suzi Babos improved from No. 27 to No. 26. Cristina Visico moved from No. 98 to No. 85, while Stephanie Kusano is now ranked 88th and Marion Ravelojaona is 118th.
The Bears' Babos and Fodor moved up in the doubles rankings after these last two weeks of play, from 19th to 13th. Singles and doubles rankings are released every two weeks, while team rankings are announced weekly.
Fodor, who has predominantly been playing No. 1 singles this season, is currently 14-5 in the position and boasts a 7-3 record against Pac-10 foes.
BEARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Cal is 10-5 against ranked opponents so far this season after recording two more victories over ranked opponents last weekend, defeating No. 18 ASU and No. 30 Arizona. 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 travels to the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., April 27-30.