No. 8 Cal to Host No. 48 Arizona and No. 17 Arizona State
Feb. 28, 2006
BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD:
The eighth-ranked California women's tennis team (8-3, 2-0 Pac-10) returns home this week to host No. 48 Arizona (9-2, 0-2 Pac-10), Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 17 Arizona State (6-2, 0-2 Pac-10), Saturday at noon. All matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Center.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
No. 48 Arizona, which is currently 0-2 in conference play and 9-2 overall, dropped two matches last weekend to No. 11 UCLA, 7-0, and then to No. 4 USC, 6-1. The Wildcats are led by senior Stephanie Balzert, who is currently ranked No. 92 in singles play and holds an 8-1 record. Head coach Vicky Maes is currently in her fifth season at the helm for the Wildcats.
BEARS AGAINST THE WILDCATS:
Cal holds an all-time record of 40-10 over Arizona. The Bears defeated the Wildcats twice last season, including a 4-2 victory on March 5, 2005, and a 5-1 victory on April 1, 2005.
No. 17 Arizona State is currently 0-2 in Pac-10 play and 6-2 overall this season. The Sun Devils dropped two matches last weekend, as they were swept by No. 11 UCLA, 7-0, and then fell to No. 4 USC, 5-2, snapping ASU's six-match win streak. The Sun Devils posted four straight shutouts earlier in the season and currently have three ranked singles players, including No. 50 Rebecca Rankin, No. 65 Sabrina Capannolo and No. 93 Kady Pooler. 22nd-ranked doubles team Pooler and Roxanne Clarke were named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 21-26. At the helm for the Sun Devils is 22nd-year head coach Sheila McInerney, who holds a career record of 326-202 and has posted three 20-win seasons in her career.
BEARS AGAINST THE SUN DEVILS:
The Bears are 28-13 all-time against the Sun Devils. Cal split with ASU last season, after first recording a 4-2 victory (3/4/05) and then falling 4-3 (4/2/05).
CAL SWEEPS ON THE ROAD:
Cal went on the road last weekend to sweep No. 39 Washington and Washington State, 7-0. The Bears grabbed both doubles points for the weekend, dropping only one match to Washington in the No. 1 doubles position. Cal also shut out all of its singles opponents last weekend, including No. 3 Suzi Fodor's victory over a ranked opponent, No. 80 Dinka Hadzic of Washington.
BEARS RECORD FIFTH SHUTOUT:
Cal recorded its fifth shutout of the season last weekend with the win over Washington State. Other opponents Cal has swept include Cal Poly, Saint Mary's and San Diego State. Last season the Bears recorded only two shutouts for 2005.
CAL IN THE RANKINGS:
The Bears moved up one position, from No. 9 to No. 8, in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, which were administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Feb. 28.
FODOR STEPS UP IN SINGLES PLAY:
Fodor, who currently holds a No. 3 singles ranking, defeated both of her opponents last weekend, helping the ninth-ranked Bears sweep both Washington and Washington State, 7-0, on the road. The junior from Budapest, Hungary, recorded her first victory over No. 80 Dinka Hadzic of Washington, 6-0, 7-5. Fodor then outlasted Washington State's Ekaterina Burduli, 7-6, 6-1. Both victories came in the No. 1 singles position. Fodor is 12-2 in singles play this season.
Freshman Claire Ilcinkas, a native of Paris, France, currently boasts a 12-5 overall singles record. Ilcinkas also holds a 7-2 doubles record when partnered with Fodor.
CAL AND THE DOUBLES POINT:
The Bears have recorded victories on the doubles court in eight out of 11 dual matches this season. The doubles point is won when doubles teams win two out of three matches.
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 are No. 39 falling from No. 7.
The Bears continue their home stand as they host William & Mary, Friday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m. and then first-ranked Stanford, Saturday, March 11, at noon. All matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Center.