Babos Wins Cal's First NCAA Women's Singles Title

May 29, 2006

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Stanford, Calif. - California sophomore Suzi Babos captured the 2006 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Champion this afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Pac-10 foe Lindsey Nelson of USC to become the first-ever Cal women's tennis player to win the singles title.

Babos took the first set over 18th-ranked Nelson, 6-4. But in the second set, Babos quickly jumped out to a 4-0, although Nelson held serve on the next game to cut the lead to three. Babos also held to go up 5-1, and broke Nelson for the 6-1 second set and match victory.

This was the first match in the NCAA singles tournament history that both players competing for the title have been unseeded.

Babos is the sixth sophomore in the 25-year history of the tournament to win the title and the 15th Pac-10 NCAA singles champion. She ends her singles season with a 32-13 overall record and a No. 27 national ranking.

Lindsey Nelson was just the second USC player to reach NCAA singles final, joining 1983 champ Beth Herr. She ends the season with a 25-9 record.

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