Suzi Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor Travel to the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships

May 19, 2006

Two members of the California women's tennis team, Zsuzsanna Fodor and Suzi Babos, will compete at the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships, May 23-28, at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford. Fodor and Babos will compete in the singles competition and have also earned a seed on the doubles court.

The NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships. Automatic qualification into the championships was awarded to any conference with one or more singles player ranked in the ITA Top 125 for singles. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125, the subcommittee applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete was the automatic qualifier from those conferences. Cal junior Zsuzsanna Fodor is the automatic qualifier from the Pac-10 and earned a No. 5 seed. In the 48 at-large selections, Cal has one other singles player in the competition in sophomore Suzi Babos. In the doubles competition, Babos and Fodor earned an at-large selection and fifth seed overall.

The following is a schedule of events for the singles and doubles championships at Stanford, May 23-29:Tuesday, May 23, round of 64 singles (10 a.m.)Wednesday, May 24, round of 32 singles and doubles (10 a.m.)Thursday, May 25, round of 16 singles and doubles (11 a.m.)Friday, May 26, quarterfinals of singles and doubles (11 a.m.)Saturday, May 27, semifinals of singles and doubles (noon)Sunday, May 28, finals of singles and doubles (1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.)

Cal has had four national champion doubles teams, most recently Raquel Kops-Jones and Cristina Fusano in 2003. Claire Curran and current assistant coach Amy Jensen won the doubles title in 2000, and prior to that Amanda Augustus and Jensen won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999. The Bears have never had a singles champion.

Fodor was named the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Year after winning the singles title at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships. The Budapest, Hungary, native is currently ranked third in the nation in singles play and boasts a No. 8 ranking on the doubles court with Babos. Fodor has tallied a 34-14 overall singles record and is 14-8 in dual-match competition when playing in the No. 1 position. Fodor is 10-8 so far this year against ranked opponents. One of her biggest victories came in the singles quarterfinals at the Pac-10 Championships (4/28), when she was ranked eighth and defeated Stanford's ninth-ranked Anne Yelsey, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals.

Babos, a sophomore from Sopron, Hungary, enters NCAA Tournament action with a No. 27 singles ranking and recently garnered Pac-10 second-team honors. Babos has tallied a 26-13 overall singles record and a 13-9 dual-match record, playing predominantly in the No. 2 position.

Babos and Fodor are currently ranked eighth on the doubles court and have notched a 20-8 overall doubles record. The duo is 11-3 in dual-matches, playing in the No. 1 position. The pair competed for the Pac-10 doubles title, but was outlasted by Stanford's top-ranked Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey, 8-4. Babos and Fodor are 6-5 against ranked opponents this season.

Eleventh-ranked Cal ended its season last weekend when it fell in a close decision to No. 23 Fresno State, 4-3, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears, who tallied a 17-8 overall record, defeated Western Michigan, 4-0, in the first round, but could not pull out the victory over the Bulldogs. Although Cal dropped the doubles point to Fresno State, it was an exciting match between the Bears and the Bulldogs. Eighth-ranked Fodor and Babos won one match for Cal, upsetting seventh-ranked Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter, 8-5, playing in the No. 1 doubles position. But the Bulldogs came back to win the next two games on courts two and three, securing the doubles point. With singles play underway and the match tied 3-3, it came down to the game on court six, being played by Cal's Jessica Shu and Fresno State's Tinesta Rowe. Rowe won the first set, 7-6, and then Shu came back to win the second set, 6-3, but Rowe held off Shu in the end, winning the third set 6-2.

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