California Women's Tennis Opens Season with No. 2 Ranking

Jan. 13, 2009

BERKELEY - The California women's tennis team opens the 2009 spring season with its highest preseason ranking in program history. The Golden Bears were ranked No. 2 in the first ITA NCAA Division I Women's Team Rankings and received one first-place vote. Northwestern is ranked No. 1 with 17 first-place votes and defending NCAA champion UCLA is ranked third, receiving 14 first-place votes. Rounding out the top five are Baylor at fourth and Stanford at fifth.

Other top-25 teams from the Pac-10 conference include No. 10 USC, and No. 21 Arizona State. Washington checks in at No. 38 with Washington State at No. 44. Oregon is the last ranked Pac-10 team, sitting at No. 55.

Four players received singles rankings, led at the top by sophomore No. 13 Marina Cossou. Two spots away at No. 15 is senior Bojana Bobusic. Fellow senior Claire Ilcinkas holds the No. 30 ranking and freshman Jana Juricova is ranked No. 52. The Bears will field two doubles teams ranked in the top 50 to open the spring. Cossou and Ilcinkas are ranked seventh while Juricova and senior Marion Ravelojaona are ranked No. 49.

The Bears held the No. 2 ranking one other time in school history--reaching as high on March 31, 2003, prior to entering postseason play. Under the direction of first-year head coach Amanda Augustus, Cal advanced further than any other team in school history in 2008, falling to a then No. 7-ranked UCLA team in the NCAA championship final. The Bears held their highest final ranking last year at No. 3.

Cal has five matches scheduled against teams ranked in the preseason top five including twice each with the Cardinal and the Bruins. Cal will face Baylor in a rematch of last season's NCAA semifinal on March 10 at Hellman Tennis Complex. The Bears open the spring season by hosting Saint Mary's, Nevada and Cal Poly in the Cal Winter Invitational. Play begins on Friday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and continues through Sunday. Please check CalBears.com for more details and information.

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