No. 11 Cal Travels to No. 18 Arizona State and No. 30 Arizona
April 11, 2006
BERKELEY - WHAT'S AHEAD
The 11th-ranked California women's tennis team (4-1 Pac-10, 13-6) travels to Arizona this week to take on No. 18 Arizona State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz. Cal then travels to Tucson, Ariz., where it will face No. 30 Arizona on Saturday at noon.
END OF THE SEASON
With the end of the season fast approaching, Cal has four regular season matches remaining on its schedule before heading into postseason play. The Bears travel to the Pac-10 Championships, which are being held April 27-30 in Ojai, Calif.
CAL ADDS HOME MATCH
The Bears have added a match to its regular season schedule. Cal will host Santa Clara on Wednesday, April 19, at 3 p.m. at Hellman Tennis Center, for its final home match of the season. The Bears were originally scheduled to host the Broncos on March 24, but the match was rained out.
BEARS IN THE RANKINGS
Cal moved up two places in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, from No. 13 to No. 11, which were administered April 11 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Cal has been ranked among the top 15 teams in the country for the past nine weeks.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Eighteenth-ranked Arizona State is coming off its second consecutive sweep and Pac-10 road win, after recording a 7-0 win over Washington last weekend. The Sun Devils (3-2 Pac-10, 12-6) did not yield a single match, winning the combined nine flights in doubles and singles competition, marking the fourth time that happened this season. It was also the seventh 7-0 sweep of the season for the Sun Devils. ASU hosts Cal on Friday and then No. 1 Stanford on Saturday in its final two home matches of the season. The Sun Devils currently have two players ranked in singles play, in No. 59 Roxanne Clarke and No. 116 Sabrina Capannolo. They also have one doubles team in the rankings, 43rd-ranked Clarke and Kady Pooler.
BEARS AGAINST THE SUN DEVILS
Cal is 29-13 all-time against Arizona State. Earlier this season (March 4), Cal defeated the Sun Devils, 6-1.
The No. 30 Arizona Wildcats (3-2 Pac-10, 12-8) are coming off two Pac-10 victories, as they went on the road to defeat Washington State, 5-0, and Washington, 5-2, last weekend. Arizona currently has two players in the singles rankings, as Danielle Steinberg is No. 48 and Juliette Mavroleon is No. 61. At the helm for the Wildcats is Vicky Maes, who is currently in her fifth season for Arizona.
BEARS AGAINST THE WILDCATS
The Bears are 41-10 in their all-time series with the Wildcats. On March 3, Cal downed Arizona, 5-1.
CAL UPSETS NO. 10 UCLA
The 13th-ranked Bears upset 10th-ranked UCLA, 4-3, last Saturday, handing the Bruins their first Pac-10 loss of the season. Although Cal dropped the doubles point, they grabbed one victory over the Bruins on court one. Cal's doubles duo of Suzi Babos and Suzi Fodor, currently ranked 19th, defeated No. 23 Laura Gordon and Riza Zalameda, 8-4. In singles play, Cal grabbed four out of six matches against UCLA, including Stephanie Kusano's 6-2, 6-2 upset over 42nd-ranked Tracy Lin.
BEARS FALL TO FOURTH-RANKED TROJANS
After last Friday's match was rescheduled for Sunday due to rain, the Bears could not come out with a victory over the fourth-ranked Trojans. USC was leading 2-0 before inclement weather halted play on Friday, and the Trojans continued their momentum Sunday afternoon, as they defeated Cal, 5-1. Cal tallied one victory over USC, as No. 10 Suzi Fodor defeated No. 50 Lindsey Nelson, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3. The Bears then dropped the next five singles matches and did not play doubles in order to ensure singles were completed while skies were still clear.
Suzi Fodor, who is currently ranked 10th in the ITA Fila Collegiate Tennis rankings, defeated both of her opponents last weekend, playing in the No. 1 singles position. She tallied her first victory over UCLA's No. 20 Laura Gordon, 6-3, 6-1, leading Cal to a 4-3 win over the Bruins. Fodor then went on to outlast USC's No. 50 Lindsey Nelson, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, which was Cal's only point against the Trojans, as the Bears lost 5-1. Fodor is now 13-4 in the No. 1 singles position and 6-2 in Pac-10 play. Fodor and Suzi Babos, who currently hold a No. 19 doubles ranking, teamed up to defeat 23rd-ranked Gordon and Riza Zalameda of UCLA, 8-4. The duo is 5-2 when playing No. 1 doubles.
Cal currently boasts four singles players in the national rankings, including Suzi Fodor who is ranked 10th, while Suzi Babos is 27th, Cristina Visico is 98th and Marion Ravelojaona is 106th.
Cal's Babos and Fodor moved up in the doubles ranking after these past two weeks of play, from 26th to 19th.
Cal is 8-5 against ranked opponents so far this season. The Bears' biggest upset came on Feb. 2 at the ITA National Team Indoors, when the then 18th-ranked Bears defeated then fifth-ranked Northwestern, 5-2.
Next week the Bears host Santa Clara on Wednesday, April 19, at 3 p.m. and then travel across the Bay to Stanford, where Cal will face off against the top-ranked Cardinal on Saturday, April 22, at noon for its final regular season match-up of the season.
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