No. 9 Bears Travel to No. 22 TCU, No. 11 Baylor and No. 37 Oregon
March 27, 2006
BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD:
The California women's tennis team returns to action when it travels to Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday to face two non-conference foes in 22nd-ranked TCU at 1:30 p.m. CT and then 11th-ranked Baylor on Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT in Waco, Texas. The Bears then return to the West Coast and Pac-10 play, as they take on No. 37 Oregon Saturday at noon in Eugene, Ore.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
The No. 22 Horned Frogs, who are currently riding a four-match winning streak, hold an 11-5 overall record and are 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference. In its last match, TCU shut out Colorado State, 7-0. The Frogs did not surrender a single match during a three-match weekend series against conference opponents Wyoming, Air Force and Colorado State. TCU has three ranked singles players in No. 11 Nicole Leimbach, No. 35 Helena Besovic and No. 93 Anna Sydorska and two doubles teams in the rankings, No. 11 Besovic and Sydorska and No. 59 Ana Cetnik and Besovic.
BEARS AGAINST THE HORNED FROGS:
TCU defeated Cal, 6-3, in the teams' only meeting on March 6, 1980.
No. 11 Baylor is currently 15-4 on the season and is coming off a 6-1 victory over No. 13 Georgia Tech. Baylor lost the doubles point but earned all six singles points against the Yellow Jackets, including No. 8 Zuzana Zemenova's 6-3, 6-3 upset over No. 1 Kristi Miller. The Bears boast two other ranked singles players in No. 16 Zuzana Cerna and No. 92 Daniela Covello and two ranked doubles teams in No. 28 Cerna and Klara Zrustova and No. 39 Zemenova and Covello.
CAL AGAINST THE BEARS:
Cal's match against Baylor will mark the first meeting between these two teams.
No. 37 Oregon downed Washington last weekend, 6-1, to improve to 12-5 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10. The Ducks swept the doubles point and dropped only one singles match. Sophomore Dominika Dieskova, who currently holds a No. 50 ranking on the singles court, defeated 98th-ranked Dinka Hadzic of Washington, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Oregon faces top-ranked Stanford on Friday before hosting the Bears on Saturday.
BEARS AGAINST THE DUCKS:
Cal holds an all-time record over the Ducks of 13-0. In their last meeting (3-25-05), the Bears defeated Oregon, 4-3.
MATCH CANCELLED AGAINST SANTA CLARA:
Cal's match against Santa Clara, which was scheduled for last Friday, was cancelled due to rain and will not be rescheduled.
BEARS FALL TO NO. 1 STANFORD:
Two weeks ago, the then-eighth-ranked Bears fell to No. 1 Stanford, 6-1, recording its first home loss of the season. On the singles court, the Bears tallied one victory over Stanford and took the Cardinal to three sets in half the matches. Sophomore Suzi Babos, who is currently ranked No. 29 in singles play, upset fifth-ranked Alice Barnes playing in the No. 2 position. Babos took Barnes to three sets, but won the tiebreaker 11-9. In other singles action, No. 9 Suzi Fodor was upset by No. 15 Amber Liu, 6-3, 6-4. Claire Ilcinkas, a freshman, took 49th-ranked Whitney Deason to three sets, but lost the tiebreaker 10-4. Cal dropped three other matches to ranked opponents.
CAL IN THE RANKINGS:
The California women's tennis team is currently ranked No. 9 in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The Bears remain among the top 10 teams in the country for the sixth consecutive week. The rankings were released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on March 21.
Five Cal players are ranked among the top singles competitors in the nation, including junior Zsuzsanna Fodor, who currently holds the No. 9 spot. Teammate Suzi Babos, a sophomore from Sopron, Hungary, is ranked No. 29, while Cristina Visico is No. 77. Sophomore Marion Ravelojaona, who joins the Bears from Paris, France, holds a No. 79 ranking and Stephanie Kusano is No. 115.
Cal currently has two doubles team in the rankings. Babos and Fodor are ranked 26th, while Fodor and Ilcinkas are ranked 58th.
Fodor, a junior from Budapest, Hungary, currently boasts 14-3 overall singles record for 2006. She is 10-2 when playing No. 1 singles for the Bears and 4-1 in Pac-10 play. Her only conference loss of the season came at the hands of Stanford's No. 15 Amber Liu.
The Bears return home after their road swing to host USC on Friday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. and UCLA on Saturday, April 9, at noon. All matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Center.