Ninth-Ranked Bears Travel to Washington, Washington State to Begin Pac-10 Play
Feb. 22, 2006
BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD:
The ninth-ranked California women's tennis team travels to the Northwest this weekend to begin Pac-10 play against the University of Washington (1-3) on Friday, Feb. 24, at 11:00 a.m. The Bears then travel to Pullman to take on Washington State (4-3), Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11:00 a.m.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
The Washington Huskies are currently 1-3 for the season and return to action against the Bears after not playing since dropping their match, 5-2, against Oregon Feb. 10. The Huskies began the season splitting a pair of non-conference dual matches, sweeping Portland, 7-0 and then falling to New Mexico 4-3. Senior Dinka Hadzic is the top singles play for the Huskies this year and is a three-time letterwinner and was a 2005 Pac-10 doubles semi-finalist. Jill Hultquist is in her first year as head coach at Washington.
BEARS AGAINST THE HUSKIES:
Cal holds a 17-3 all-time record against Washington. In their last meeting (2/18/05), Washington defeated Cal, 4-3.
In their most recent match, (Feb 11), the Cougars fell to Oregon, 5-2. WSU is currently 4-3 on the season. Cougars junior Amy Toth leads the team in dual-match play with six victories for the season. At the helm for WSU is third-year head coach Lisa Hart.
BEARS AGAINST THE COUGARS:
Cal is 9-1 all-time against the Cougars. In their last meeting (3/25/04), the Bears defeated WSU, 6-1.
BEARS REMAIN AMONG TOP 10 IN THE NATION:
The Bears remain among the top 10 teams in the country, as they dropped three spots in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, from No. 6 to No. 9, as announced Feb. 22 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
NEW SINGLES/DOUBLES RANKINGS:
Five Cal players are currently ranked among the top 100 singles players in the country. Suzi Fodor jumped in the singles rankings from No. 14 to No. 3 in the nation, while teammate Cristina Visico also moved up in the rankings from No. 92 to No. 70. Suzi Babos moved from 14th to 25th, while Marion Ravelojaona fell from No. 34 to No. 58. Stephanie Kusano also moved from No. 61 to No. 82. On the doubles court Cal has one team ranked: Babos and Fodor now hold a No. 39 position from No. 7.
BEARS FALL ON THE ROAD:
The Bears dropped a pair of matches on the road last weekend in Los Angeles to No. 4 USC, 4-3, and then to No. 17 UCLA, 4-3. Against the undefeated Trojans, Cal tallied three victories in the No. 1, 5 and 6 singles positions and recorded one victory on the doubles court. Against the Bruins, Cal dropped the doubles point but took singles victories in the No. 1, 2 and 5 spots.
Fodor, a junior from Budapest, Hungary, recorded two victories last weekend in the No. 1 singles position. Fodor first defeated Lindsey Nelson of USC, 6-3, 6-3 and then went on to outlast UCLA's Riza Zalameda, 6-4, 7-5. She is currently 10-2 on the singles court this season.
The Bears return home in two weeks to host Arizona Friday, March 3, and then Arizona State Saturday, March 4 at Hellman Tennis Center.