Babos Ranked No. 1 in Regional Rankings

Dec. 8, 2006

BERKELEY - Reigning NCAA singles champion Susie Babos is ranked No. 1 in the ITA Northwest region singles rankings released today. In addition, California has two other players ranked in the Top 10. Freshman Nina Henkel, winner of the ITA Northwest Regional singles title earlier this fall, is No. 4, while Zsuzsanna Fodor is ranked No. 7.

A total of eight Bears are ranked in the singles' top 30. After Fodor, the rest of the ranked Bears are Cristina Visico (No. 12), Stephanie Kusano (No. 14), Marion Ravelojaona (No. 16), Bojana Bobusic (No. 17) and Claire Ilcinkas (No. 29).

'I am proud of the performance of all of our players this fall,' head coach Jan Brogan said. 'Babos solidified her national championship by winning the All American grand slam event. Babos and Fodor have really improved as a doubles team, and Henkel and Moore made a big splash with their No. 2 ranking. Ravelojaona won her first collegiate tournament. Basically, a Cal player or team won the main or back draw in every event we competed in this fall.'

In the doubles rankings, the Golden Bears took the top two spots. The duo of Babos and Fodor, who won the ITA Northwest Regional doubles draw in October, is ranked No. 1. They're followed by the tandem of Henkel and Daron Moore at No. 2. Ravelojaona and Kusano are ranked No. 14.

Cal also received an invitation to compete in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 1-4. This year's field consists of: Baylor, BYU, California, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Stanford, TCU, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia Commonwealth and host Wisconsin.

'It is always an honor to be considered one of the elite teams in the nation when we receive this invitation to national team indoors,' Brogan said. 'Last year, we were unseeded and defeated two seeded teams, including Northwestern and the University of Miami, who was the 2006 NCAA team finalist. We look forward to a good rest after finals and upon return a chance to show what we've got.'

Cal has made 12 appearances and holds a 21-18 overall record in the ITA National Team Indoors. Cal's best showing was in 2000, when the Bears made it to the final. Last year, Cal advanced to the quarterfinals.

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