Bears to Compete at ITA National Indoors and ASU Invitational
Nov. 1, 2005
BERKELEY - WHAT'S ON TAP: After a break in the schedule, the Bears wrap up the fall season this weekend at the ITA National Indoors in Columbus, Ohio and the ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
ITA NATIONAL INDOORS: The Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championships are being hosted by Ohio State at the Racquet Club of Columbus, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 3-6. The Indoors are the second of three tournaments for singles and doubles during the collegiate tennis season. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from ITA Regional Championships held across the country during October, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the Polo/Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Cal's No. 12 Zsuzsanna Fodor qualified after capturing the singles title at the ITA Regional Qualifier, which was held two weeks ago at Stanford. Suzi Babos, who qualified at the All-American Main Draw, is unable to compete because of an ankle injury and teammate Stephanie Kusano will be taking her place.
ASU INVITATIONAL: Cal's Claire Ilcinkas, Marion Ravelojaona, Jessica Shu, Bojana Bobusic and Christina Visico will be competing at the Arizona State Invitational, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 3-6.
ITA REGIONAL QUALIFIER: California's No. 1 seeded Zsuzsanna Fodor captured the 2005 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Women's Regional Championship in singles last weekend at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford and earned a spot at the ITA National Indoors. On the doubles court, No. 8-seeded Bojana Bobusic and Marion Ravelojaona fell in the semifinals to No. 2-seeded Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey of Stanford, 8-4.
PAST PLAYERS WIN BIG: Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano, Cal graduates and the 2003 NCAA doubles champions, recorded their first doubles victory at the Women's Tennis Association tour event in Houston, Texas two weeks ago and won $50,000 for their first-place finish. Kops-Jones finished the 2004 season as one of the Bears' greatest all-time players and spent much of the year ranked as the nation's No. 1 player.
RANKED BEARS: These are the Intercollegiate Tennis Association 2005-06 preseason women's tennis rankings:
SINGLES:No. 2 - Suzi BabosNo. 12- Zsuzsanna FodorNo. 47 - Cristina VisicoNo. 65 - Stephanie Kusano
DOUBLES:No. 27 - Fodor/ Bobusic