No. 8 Cal Hosts No. 20 William & Mary and No. 1 Stanford
March 7, 2006
BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD:The California women's tennis team (10-3, 4-0 Pac-10) hosts No. 20 William and Mary (9-2, 1-0 CAA) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 1 Stanford (13-0, 4-0 Pac-10) on Saturday at noon. All matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Center.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
WILLIAM AND MARY:William and Mary is currently 9-2 for the season and boasts a No. 20 national ranking. The Tribe recorded a victory over No. 33 Maryland last weekend, downing the Terapins, 5-2. Currently William and Mary has one singles player in the national rankings, in No. 39 Megan Moulton-Levy, and one doubles duo, in No. 39 Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic. The Tribe's biggest upset of the season came on Feb. 16 when William and Mary defeated No. 5 Duke, 4-3. At the helm for the Tribe is third-year head coach Kevin Epley. Epley currently boasts a career record of 95-38 and was the 2004 and 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year.
BEARS AGAINST THE TRIBE:The Bears are 4-1 all-time against the Tribe. In their last meeting in 2003, Cal swept William and Mary, 7-0.
No. 1 STANFORD:The Cardinal remains at the top of the rankings for the sixth-straight week, currently boasts a 13-0 overall record and is 4-0 in the conference. The Cardinal has six singles players ranked among the top 65 in the country, including No. 8 Alice Barnes, No. 9 Amber Liu, No. 11 Theresa Logar, No. 14 Anne Yelsey, No. 35 Celia Durkin and No. 64 Whitney Deason. Stanford also features the No. 1 doubles team in the nation, Barnes and Yelsey. Last weekend Stanford outlasted No. 48 ASU, 4-0, before rain halted the remainder of singles play. The Cardinal then went on to sweep No. 17 Arizona, 7-0.
BEARS AGAINST THE CARDINAL:The Bears are 7-53 all-time against the Cardinal. Last season Cal dropped two matches to Stanford, including a 5-2 loss March 30, 2005, at Stanford and a 6-1 defeat April 16, 2005, at home.
CAL DOWNS ARIZONA SCHOOLS:Last weekend the Bears posted two victories over No. 48 Arizona, 5-1 and No. 17 Arizona State, 6-1. Starting off the afternoon with singles, Cal grabbed five out of six matches against the Wildcats before rain halted doubles play. No. 3 Suzi Fodor, No. 25 Suzi Babos, No. 70 Cristina Visico, Claire Ilcinkas and Jessica Shu all tallied victories for the Bears.Against ASU, the Bears won the doubles point after winning two out of three sets. Thirty-fifth ranked Babos and Fodor upset 22nd-ranked Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke, 8-1. In singles action Cal won five out of six matches, including Fodor's win over No. 65 Sabrina Capannolo, 6-2, 6-2 and Babos's victory over No. 93 Kady Pooler, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
UNDEFEATED AT HELLMAN:After notching two more victories last weekend against Arizona and Arizona State, the Bears remain undefeated at home, at 6-0. Cal has four home matches remaining on its schedule.
CAL PERFECT IN PAC-10 PLAY:Cal improved its Pac-10 record to 4-0 last weekend after downing the Arizona schools. Cal's other conference victories came over No. 39 Washington and Washington State.
BEARS REMAIN AMONG TOP-10:For the fourth-straight week Cal remains among the top-10 teams in the nation, at No. 8, according the to FILA rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, announced March 7. The Bears started off the dual match season at No. 17 and have jumped as high as No. 6 in the six weeks of play.
CAL DOWNS RANKED OPPONENTS:The Bears have defeated eight of their 10 ranked opponents this season. Cal's biggest upset came at the ITA National Team Indoors when the then-No. 18 Bears outlasted then-No. 9 Miami, 4-3.
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.
NEXT UP:The Bears have a break in their schedule before returning to action on March 28, when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas to face Texas Christian University at 1:30 p.m. Cal then takes on Baylor on March 29 at 5:00 p.m. in Waco, Texas.