No. 17 Cal Hosts No. 64 University of San Diego
Jan. 24, 2006
BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD: The No. 17 California Golden Bears (2-0) host the No. 64 University of San Diego (1-0), Saturday at noon at Hellman Tennis Center. Results will be posted on www.calbears.com following play.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
USD: The USD women's tennis team kicked off its 2006 spring schedule Monday defeating Cal State Fullerton, 7-0. The Toreros, who are led by 22nd-year head coach Sherri Stephens, enter the spring season with a No. 64 national ranking. USD returns three seniors from last year's squad - Emma Murphy, Lauren Perl and Jenny Brown. Murphy, a two-time WCC Player of the Year, enters the 2006 season with a No. 58 singles ranking.
BEARS SWEEP OPPONENTS: Cal swept both of its opponents last weekend, defeating Cal Poly, 7-0 and Saint Mary's, 7-0, in the first dual matches of the season. The Bears start the spring season strong at 2-0. In singles action the Bears are 24-9 overall and 9-3 overall on the doubles court.
14TH-RANKED BABOS: Sophomore Suzi Babos, who is currently ranked No. 14 in the country in singles, defeated Cal Poly's Samantha Waller, 6-1, 6-0, playing in the No. 2 singles spot. Babos then went on to outlast Saint Mary's Aude Lambert, 6-4, 6-2, playing No. 1 singles. The Sopron, Hungary, native is 4-1 overall in singles action this spring.
FABULOUS FODOR: Zsuzsanna Fodor enters the spring with a No. 19 national singles ranking and is currently 4-1 in singles action. Fodor defeated Samantha Waller of Cal Poly, 6-1, 6-0, while playing in the No. 1 singles spot. Fodor also recorded two doubles victories last weekend with freshman teammate Claire Ilcinkas.
SOLID FRESHMAN: Freshman Bojana Bobusic, who joins the Bears from Perth, Australia, currently boasts a 4-0 overall singles record and defeated both opponents last weekend in dual-match play. Bobusic also recorded two doubles victories with partner Marion Ravelojaona, while playing in the No. 2 doubles position for the Bears. The duo defeated Carol Erickson and Amanda Varela, 8-2, of Cal Poly and then went on to outlast Stef Ordoveza and Erin Young, 8-4, of Saint Mary's.
HEAD COACH Jan Brogan: Head coach Jan Brogan is entering her 28th year at the helm of Cal women's tennis and currently boasts a 503-205 dual-match record. She notched her 500th career win last spring when Cal defeated Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Brogan is just the fourth Cal coach to reach the 500-win plateau.
RANKED BEARS: As a team Cal earned a No. 17 national ranking, while six Cal singles players are ranked among the top 100 and one doubles team is ranked among the top 10. The following are the 2006 FILA collegiate tennis rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, announced Jan. 10.:
TEAM:No. 17 CaliforniaDOUBLES:No. 7 - Babos/FodorSINGLES:No. 14 - Suzi BabosNo. 19 - Zsuzsanna FodorNo. 34 - Marion RavelojaonaNo. 61 - Stephanie KusanoNo. 83- Claire IlcinkasNo. 92 - Cristina Visico