Cal Starts 2007 Hosting Winter Invitational

Jan. 9, 2007

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KICKING OFF THE NEW YEAR: The California women's tennis team opens the spring season in the third tournament it's hosted during the 2006-07 campaign, the Cal Winter Invitational. The Golden Bears will compete against Cal Poly, Fresno State and Saint Mary's in the three-day tournament at the Hellman Tennis Center and the Channing Tennis Courts.

CAL'S TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

Doubles: Friday, Cal vs. Cal Poly @ Channing, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Cal vs. Fresno St. @ Hellman, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Cal vs. SMC @ Hellman, 11 a.m.

Singles: Friday, Cal vs. SMC @ Channing, 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, Cal vs. Cal Poly @ Hellman, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Cal vs. Fresno St. @ Hellman, 12:30 p.m.

REIGNING CHAMP KEEPS ROLLING: Junior Susie Babos carried her momentum from her NCAA singles title last May into the fall, as she won the All-American Championships in October and the doubles crown in the ITA Northwest Regional with partner senior Zsuzsanna Fodor. Babos is poised for another strong season, entering the spring campaign with an ITA singles ranking of three. In doubles, Babos and Fodor are currently ranked No. 2.

RAVELOJAONA WINS ANOTHER FALL TITLE FOR CAL: Adding to the impressive string of fall championships, junior Marion Ravelojaona won the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational last November. In the finals, No. 6 seed Ravelojaona beat No. 4 seed Sabrina Capannolo of Arizona State, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, to win the tournament. It was an impressive run for Ravelojaona, as she knocked off two other seeded competitors over the course of the weekend.

HENKEL'S ON HER WAY: It was an impressive fall season for freshman Nina Henkel. The winner of the ITA Northwest Regional, Henkel is starting to make a name for herself, as she posted a fall record of 11-2, and will enter the spring season with an ITA singles ranking of 14 and doubles ranking of 12 with partner, sophomore Daron Moore. Perhaps her most impressive win thus far was upsetting Theresa Logar of Stanford in the semifinals of the regional. Logar, the No. 1 seed in the tournament and ranked No. 3 in the ITA preseason rankings, had a 5-2 lead in the third set, but could not hold off Henkel, as she climbed back to beat Logar, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. In the finals, Henkel knocked off another Cardinal, Jessica Nguyen, to win the singles title with a 7-5, 6-4 victory.

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