Two Cal Women Named Tennis All-Americans
June 2, 2006
BERKELEY - Smashing seasons for two members of the women's tennis team received further recognition today when sophomore NCAA singles champion Suzi Babos and junior Pac-10 singles champion Zsuzsanna Fodor were selected as 2006 All-Americans.
Babos became the first-ever women's tennis player at Cal to win the national singles title with her 6-4, 6-1 victory over No. 9 Lindsey Nelson of USC on May 29 at Stanford. Having entered the NCAA Championships with an at-large bid, Babos is only the second unseeded player in 25 years to win the competition. The second-team all-Pac-10 selection dropped only two sets in six matches to win the title and raise her national ranking to No. 16.
Fodor, whose selection recognizes her play in both singles and doubles, was named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Year for 2005-2006. She was an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships by virtue of her Pac-10 conference title, earned with a 7-6, 6-3 win over No. 8 Amanda Fink of USC on April 30 in Ojai. Fodor entered the championships as the No. 5 seed and ended the year with the No. 6 national ranking.
Fodor and Babos shared the first and second singles slots throughout the year for Cal, notching a combined regular-season record of 17-8 as first singles and 15-9 as second singles. Together as Cal's first doubles unit, the pair finished with a 23-13 record and a No. 9 national ranking.
The Golden Bears ended the 2005-2006 women's tennis season ranked No. 13 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The honors for Babos and Fodor bring to 54 the number of all-time All-Americans in Cal women's tennis history.
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