Bears Head to All-American Championships

Oct. 2, 2006

BERKELEY - HEADING TO L.A.: The California women's tennis team continues the 2006 fall season at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships from Oct. 3-8 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Golden Bears, who ended last season ranked No. 13, are looking to carry the momentum from their home tournament, the Cal Invitational, into Los Angeles and come back with more first-place finishes.

ROLL ON YOU BEARS: The Cal Invitational last weekend featured a dominant performance by the Bears. The finals for each tournament in the Cal Invitational saw members of Cal pitted against their teammates. The Bears outlasted competitors from every other team in the first two days of the tournament. Junior Susie Babos won both the singles and the doubles tournaments. The reigning NCAA singles champion defeated the reigning Pac-10 singles champion, senior Zsuzsanna Fodor, in the singles finals (6-4; 6-2). Babos and Fodor teamed up to win the doubles tournament, shutting out junior Daron Moore and freshman Nina Henkel, 8-0.

FAST START FOR THE FRESHMAN: Cal showed off Henkel, the only freshman on this year's squad, last weekend at the Cal Invitational. Henkel did not disappoint, as she advanced to the semifinals of the singles tournament and the finals of the doubles tournament. Henkel had not lost a set in the tournament until she ran into Fodor in the semifinals. Before her loss to Fodor, Henkel got the best of Santa Clara's Myra Davoudi, 6-2, 6-1, Long Beach State's Rachel Porz, 6-2, 6-4 and Arizona State's Rebecca Rankin, 6-3, 6-2.

A LOOK AT THE TOURNAMENT: The premier hard court event of the fall collegiate season, the All-American Championships feature the top players from NCAA Division I tennis. The main draw will be held from Oct. 5-8. The 64-player qualifying tournament will be held from Oct. 3-4. The event is the first of three national collegiate tennis championships this season.

CAL AT THE RIVIERA A YEAR AGO: In last year's championships, Babos made it as far as the quarterfinal round in both singles and doubles. She and Fodor lost to Maja Kovacek and Iva Gersic of New Mexico. In singles, Babos eliminated Boglarka Berecz of Florida, 6-1, 6-2, before falling in the next round to Amanda Fink of USC.

THREE TIMES THE CHAMPS: The Bears have won titles three times at the championships, with the first two coming in doubles. The team of Keirsten Alley and Pam Nelson won the doubles title in 1993. Two years later, it would be the tandem of Renata Kolbovic and Amanda Augustus taking it all. Raquel Kops-Jones was victorious in claiming the singles title in 2003.

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