Bears Set to Compete at Saint Mary's Invitational

Oct. 11, 2006

BERKELEY - STAYING LOCAL: The California women's tennis team will not have to travel far this week, as it stays in the Bay Area for the Saint Mary's Invitational Oct. 13-15 in Moraga. The Golden Bears head into the tournament with a lot of momentum. Following her success at the Cal Invitational, reigning NCAA singles champion Susie Babos won the Riviera/ITA All-American singles championship last week. The rest of the field at the Saint Mary's Invitational includes Saint Mary's, Fresno Pacific, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, Pacific, Santa Clara, San Jose State, Stanford, UC Davis, Portland and San Francisco.

BABOS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Babos is on a roll since her national title run in May. She is currently on a 15-match winning streak, and became the first player in 11 years to reach all three national finals. Besides the NCAA Championships and the All-American's, Babos advanced to the finals of the 2004 ITA National Indoor Championships as a freshman. Babos won five matches in four days at the All-American Championships, including victories over four players ranked in the top 40 of the Fila national singles rankings.

A LOOK AT THE TOURNAMENT: The Bears will send junior Daron Moore, sophomore Claire Ilcinkas and freshman Nina Henkel to Moraga. Henkel, who is the No. 2 seed in the tournament, got her tenure at Cal off to an impressive start as she advanced to the semifinals of the Cal Invitational, before losing to teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor. Like Henkel, No. 6 seed Ilcinkas has three victories under her belt for the fall. First round action will see Ilcinkas against Nevada's Ly-houng Dinh, while Moore squares off against Bruna Paes of Fresno State. Henkel received a first-round bye and is already in the round of 16. Moore and Henkel are the No. 1 seed in the doubles bracket. They will play Robin Guier and Jenna Kappel of UC Davis in the opening round. The Berkeley tandem advanced to the finals of the Cal Invitational before falling to Babos and Fodor.

WOMEN'S TENNIS CLASSIC BENEFIT: On Sunday, Babos and Fodor will participate in the Women's Tennis Classic in Mill Valley. The event is a fundraiser for breast cancer hosted by the Harbor Point Racket Club. Members from the Stanford women's tennis team will also compete along with Chris Evert, Tracy Austin and other celebrity players. Play will begin at noon, and it will be a team tennis format.

IN THE NEAR FUTURE: Later this month, Cal hosts its second tournament of the fall season. The Bears will play host to the ITA Regional Qualifier at the Hellman Tennis Center from Oct. 20-23. The tournament is a prelude to the 2006 ITA National Indoor Championships, which will be held from Nov. 2-5 in Columbus, Ohio.

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