No. 10 Cal Visits USC, UCLA

April 13, 2004

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Cal Travels to Los Angeles: The No. 10 California women's tennis team travels to Los Angeles this weekend to end the regular season with tough road matches against No. 7 USC and No. 6 UCLA. The Golden Bears (16-6 overall, 4-2 Pac-10) have won their last three matches and eight of their last 11 heading into this week. Cal defeated both Arizona State, 6-1, and Arizona, 5-2, last weekend in the final two home matches for the Bears to complete season-sweeps of both schools.

Cal split its matches against the Bruins and Trojans two weekends ago in Berkeley, losing to UCLA, 4-3, before beating USC, 6-1, but those matches do not count toward the conference standings. This weekend's games are particularly important as both matches count in the Pac-10 standings.

A Quick Glance at USC and UCLA: USC is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation with a 15-5 overall record, 6-0 in the Pac-10. Led by No. 15 Luana Magnani and Carine Vermeulen, the Trojans defeated No. 6 Washington and Washington State last week to remain undefeated in league play. USC lost to Cal, 6-1, in their last meeting on April 3. USC holds a 24-22 edge in the all-time series between the two schools.

UCLA enters the week ranked No. 6 with a 15-6 overall record, 5-1 in the Pac-10. The Bruins host Stanford on Friday before meeting Cal. UCLA is led by No. 16 Jackie Carleton and the No. 11 doubles tandem of Carleton and Lauren Fisher. The Bruins have won their last three matches and nine of their last 10, including a 4-3 victory over Cal. UCLA's only loss during the run was to top-ranked Stanford on April 3. UCLA holds a 27-23 advantage in the all-time series between the Bears and Bruins.

Dominant in Victory: The Golden Bears have collected 16 dual-match victories so far this season, and only one would be considered by a narrow margin. Fifteen of Cal's 16 dual-match victories this season have been by 5-2 scores or better. In fact, five victories have been by 7-0 shutouts and another five have been by 6-1 scores. Considering final team scores alone, the only close victory for the Bears this season was at Pepperdine, 4-3, on March 20.

Countdown to Pac-10 Championships: Following the final two matches of the regular season this weekend, the Bears will travel to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-10 championships April 22-25.

Ranked Bears: With a 21-4 overall record and 14-3 dual-match record in singles competition, Cal senior Raquel Kops-Jones is currently ranked No. 4 in the latest ITA individual rankings (released April 6). Florida's Alexis Gordon holds the No. 1 ranking, followed by Megan Bradley (Miami) and Cristelle Grier (Northwestern). Kops-Jones previously defeated both Gordon and Bradley in head-to-head competition at the ITA All-American Tournament in October. New individual rankings will be released April 20.

The latest ITA individual rankings (as of April 6):Singles                     DoublesNo. 4 Raquel Kops-Jones     No. 14 Raquel Kops-Jones / Jieun JacobsNo. 31 Sasha Podkolzina     No. 40 Nicole Havlicek / Jody ScheldtNo. 120 Jieun Jacobs

Brogan's Legacy: In her 26 years at Cal, head coach Jan Brogan has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country, guiding the Bears to 22 NCAA appearances, three AIAW showings and 18 Top 10 finishes since 1982. Brogan has also produced four national champion doubles teams, 53 All-Americans, 15 first team All-Pac-10 selections and three conference player-of-the-year honorees. She is the winningest collegiate female tennis coach of all-time, currently boasting a 486-193 (.716) career dual-match record.

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