No. 11 California Travels To San Diego

Jan. 23, 2007

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WHAT'S AHEAD:
The No. 11 California women's tennis team embarks on its first road trip of the 2007 season, as the Golden Bears travel to San Diego to square off against the No. 57 San Diego Toreros on Saturday and the No. 39 San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday. Cal has never lost to SDSU in nine meetings. The Bears swept the Aztecs in their matchup last season on Feb. 10. Cal currently holds a record of 26-5 against USD. They last met in 2005, when the Bears defeated the Toreros, 4-2. USD started its spring season with a sweep against Hawai'i last weekend. The Toreros won all six singles matches in straight sets. The Aztecs, for the fourth consecutive year, began their dual-match campaign with two victories. Last weekend, SDSU knocked off Cal State Fullerton, 6-1, and UC Riverside, 7-0. No. 51 Holly Bagshaw was the lone Aztec to fall in singles, as she was defeated by Cal State Fullerton's Gina Le, 3-6, 7-5, (10-8). No. 69 Eliska Krausova notched two singles wins in the doubleheader. She beat Katrina Domela from the Titans, 6-4, 6-3, and UC Riverside's Erynne Oki, 6-1, 6-3.

BEARS SWEEP HORNETS IN SEASON OPENER:
Cal swept Sacramento State in the spring season opener, last Saturday at the Hellman Tennis Center. The Bears only lost one doubles match and dominated singles against the Hornets. The closest battle of the day was between No. 3 Susie Babos and freshman Katsjaryna Zheltova. The match went back and forth before Babos earned the 6-2, 4-6 (10-7) victory. The rest of the Cal players were dominant in their singles matches. Senior Zsuzsanna Fodor was the first Bear to claim a singles win, defeating freshman Katrina Bandere, 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Bojana Bobusic trailed early in the first set of her match against senior Cecilia Helland, but rebounded to win the set and the match, 6-3, 6-1. No. 14 Freshman Nina Henkel got her spring season off on the right foot with a victory over fellow freshman Aileen Tsan, 6-2, 6-1. Junior Stephanie Kusano beat Luba Schifris, 6-2, 6-1, and junior Cristina Visico defeated Joyce Martinez, 6-2, 6-0. The Bears lost one doubles match, but the second-ranked tandem of Babos and Fodor won its match, defeating Bandere and Zheltova, 8-4. The other doubles victory came from Henkel and sophomore Daron Moore. The 12th-ranked duo defeated Schifris and Martinez, 8-3.

BEARS SUCCEED IN WINTER INVITATIONAL: Cal completed its third home tournament two weeks ago - the Cal Winter Invitational. The Golden Bears competed against Cal Poly, Fresno State and Saint Mary's. It was another successful tournament for Cal, as it won five of the singles flights and two of the four doubles flights. Senior Zsuzsanna Fodor went undefeated in singles in the tournament, including an impressive victory of Cal Poly's Brittany Blalock 6-1, 6-1. Juniors Cristina Visico and Stephanie Kusano and sophomore Bojana Bobusic each recorded three singles wins over the weekend as well. Visico and Bobusic notched three doubles wins as well to give them six victories for the weekend.

CAL IN THE ITA RANKINGS: Cal enters the spring season ranked No. 11 in the ITA rankings. Junior Susie Babos starts the campaign ranked No. 3 in singles and and No. 2 in doubles with partner Zsuzsanna Fodor. Fodor currently posts a singles ranking of 32. Freshman Nina Henkel, coming off a very successful fall campaign, is currently ranked No. 14. The top recruit, who won the ITA Northwest Regional in October, also placed high in doubles, as Henkel and her partner, sophomore Daron Moore, stand at No. 12 in the nation. Juniors Cristina Visico and Marion Ravelojaona also earned high rankings by the ITA. Visico stands at No. 27, while Ravelojaona is ranked No. 34. Two other ranked Bears were junior Stephanie Kusano (74) and sophomore Bojana Bobusic (77).

FANTASTIC FALL:
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. In the opening tournament of the fall, the Cal Invitational, Babos also won the singles draw and the doubles draw with Fodor. It was a successful fall season all around for the Bears. Freshman Nina Henkel made her presence felt when she won the ITA Northwest Regional singles tournament in October, proving why she was one of the best recruits in the country. Adding to the impressive string of fall championships, 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, 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.

FODOR PAC-10 SINGLES CHAMPION:
The impressive string of championships won by Cal in 2006 includes the Pac-10 Singles title by Zsuzsanna Fodor, as she defeated then-No. 10 ranked Amanda Fink of USC to claim the title. Fodor, a 2006 All-American along with Susie Babos, was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Year last season. She entered postseason play ranked No. 3 by the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings.

BABOS NCAA SINGLES CHAMPION:
Last May, Susie Babos became the first Golden Bear to win the NCAA Singles title, becoming just the fourth international player to ever win the national singles title and the second Bear to advance to the NCAA final since Lisa Albano in 1991. In addition, Babos also was the sixth unseeded player to advance to the NCAA final, sixth sophomore to win the national championship and the 15th Pac-10 NCAA singles champion. She defeated USC's Lindsey Nelson, 6-4, 6-1, in the final. Along the way of winning the national crown, Babos upset the 2005 NCAA champ and No. 4 seed Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor, 6-3, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.

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