No. 6 Cal Women's Tennis Hosts USF and UC Davis

Jan. 31, 2008


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Sunday, Feb. 3 - 10 a.m.
Hellman Tennis Complex
Berkeley, Calif.
vs. USF

Sunday, Feb. 3 - 2 p.m.
Hellman Tennis Complex
Berkeley, Calif.
vs. UC Davis

* Admission is free to all fans!

BEAR NOTES: The No. 6 California women's tennis team (1-0) returns to Berkeley this week to face USF (2-2) and UC Davis (0-2) in a Sunday matinee double-header at Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears will face the Dons of San Francisco at 10 a.m. before taking on the Aggies in a 2 p.m. start. Please check for updates.

LAST WEEK: The Golden Bears traveled to the Los Angeles area to take on No. 41 Long Beach State and No. 18 Pepperdine but returned home with a 1-0 record after the match against the Waves was cancelled due to heavy rains. After starting out 1-0 in its own season, Long Beach State suffered a 7-0 sweep at the hands of the Bears. The Bears took all seven points in the first dual match and won all three doubles matches for good measure. Senior Susie Babos, ranked No. 10, defeated the 49ers' top-court player Hannah Grady 6-4, 6-1 to pace the Bears while fellow senior Stephanie Kusano continued her dominance on the sixth court, extending her winning streak to a fifth match. No. 31 junior Bojana Bobusic won her 17th match of the season, defeating Jessica Weeks 6-3, 6-1 and freshman Marina Cossou won her ninth-consecutive match, taking a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Deborah Armstrong. No plans have been made to make up the cancelled match against Pepperdine. Please check for updates.

HOLDING COURT - USF: The Bears have defeated the Dons in each of its 14 meetings but have not faced USF in a dual match since 1985, winning that match-up 9-0 (when each doubles match still counted as a point). Cal has faced several USF players in tournament play this year however. Meeting seniors Emma Taylor, Jessica Kapoor and sophomore Jennifer Heinser, the Bears took a 3-1 singles record against the trio during fall play. The Dons enter the weekend looking to rebound from two losses suffered at No. 57 Oregon (4-3) and against No. 67 Utah (5-2) on the road. San Francisco is led by sophomore sensation Heinser who has yet to lose a match in the new-year. Playing on court one, Heinser took out Utah's Elizabeth Ferris 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 and Oregon's Celine Rolly 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 in singles play last weekend. The Dons went winless in doubles play against Oregon and Utah.

HOLDING COURT - UC DAVIS: The Aggies are coming off two losses to begin the season; one to then-No. 19 Arizona State and the other to Northern Arizona. Davis would have played Stanford on Jan. 29 but the match was postponed due to rain. The Aggies are led by seniors Robin Guier and Kaitlin Callan and boast a roster that features nine returning players in all. Junior Emma Shapiro holds a 3-2 singles record on the year after compiling 30 wins for UC Davis as a sophomore. Sophomore Desiree Stone played on court one for the Aggies' last 15 matches of the year as a freshman and put together a 3-4 singles record so far this year. The Bears lead the series against UC Davis with a 9-4 edge, last beating the Aggies in a 9-0 route in 1998.

HEAD COACH Amanda Augustus: As one of Cal tennis' most successful players, Amanda Augustus returned to her alma mater in July of 2007 to succeed her college coach Jan Brogan, who announced her retirement, after 29 years at the helm. Augustus came to the Bears from Michigan where she guided her team to a 17-8 overall record in 2006-07. The Wolverines reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, completing its season with a No. 22 national ranking. A four-time All-American at Cal from 1996-99, Augustus played professionally on the Women's Tennis Association tour for several years before turning her efforts to coaching. As a player for the Bears, she earned All-Pac-10 honors each of her four years, including first-team recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior. She teamed with Amy Jensen to capture the NCAA doubles titles in both 1998 and 1999 to become the first tandem ever to win back-to-back championships.

THREE'S SWEET: Senior Susie Babos captured her third singles national championship in the fall by winning the 2007 Riviera All-American Championship title, successfully defending her 2006 crown. Babos became only the fourth player in the history of the All-American Championship to win back-to-back titles, joining San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova (1998-99), Stanford's Sandra Birch (1989-90) and Mississippi's Paloma Collantes (1991-92). Babos defeated Clemson's No. 21 Ani Mijacika 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in the championship final. Babos also won the NCAA Singles Championship crown in the spring of 2006 defeating USC's No. 18 Lindsey Nelson in a 6-4, 6-1 match.

ZUMA ZUMA ZUMA: Senior Cristina Visico earned the nickname 'Zuma' for zooming around the court with her quickness and speed. The Southern California native kick-started her senior campaign with a run to the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship singles final. En route to her appearance in the final match, Visico defeated No. 49 Katsiaryna Zheltova of Sacramento State and No. 47 Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State. Visico's five wins at the Northwest Regional earned her automatic entry to the ITA National Indoor Championships, a first for the senior.

FRENCH CONNECTION: Junior Claire Ilcinkas and freshman Marina Cossou have teamed up to create a formidable duo for the Golden Bears. The doubles team currently holds a 7-3 record with the seven wins topping that of any Cal pair. Together, the two advanced to the doubles semifinal at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championships and went to the semifinal at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Ilcinkas hails from Paris, France and Cossou from Azereix, a small town in the south of France.

FROM DOWN UNDER TO THE TOP: Junior Bojana Bobusic was born in Belgrade, Serbia but hails from Perth, Australia. The powerful baseline player led all Bears with 16 wins in individual tournament play. Her success put her into the Cal Invitational final where she faced off against fellow junior Claire Ilcinkas. Stringing five wins together, Bobusic advanced to the singles semifinal at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship.

FRESH PERSPECTIVE: With a heavily senior team, freshman Marina Cossou brings some new blood to the squad. Cossou earned 11 victories in individual tournament play including a 7-6(5), 6-4 upset win over No. 11 Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State at the Cal Winter Invitational. In the fall, Cossou strung together five victories to capture the ASU Thunderbird Invitational singles title. Her current winning streak stands at nine-consecutive matches.

FALL 2007 TOURNAMENTS: The Golden Bears enjoyed a successful fall individual tournament season, going 71-38 in singles play and emerging with a 22-17 doubles record. Senior Susie Babos entered the fall ranked No. 4 nationally and claimed her second consecutive All-American Championship crown. Senior Cristina Visico advanced to the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship singles final and freshman Marina Cossou won the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational. Junior Bojana Bobusic racked up a team-high 14 singles wins and advanced to the Cal Invitational singles final and the singles semifinal at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship. Fellow junior Claire Ilcinkas won the Cal Invitational Blue Flight title and held a 9-2 record coming out of the fall.

2006-07 SEASON RECAP: The Golden Bears completed the 2006-07 dual campaign with a flurry of postseason victories to advance to the national semifinal match at the NCAA Championships, falling to eventual NCAA Champion Georgia Tech. Cal finished with a No. 5 ranking after posting a 23-7 overall record, going 5-3 in Pac-10 Conference play, tied for fourth place with Arizona State. At one point, the Bears ripped off an 11-match winning streak that included victories over No. 9 Northwestern, No. 18 Pepperdine and No. 19 Arizona State. As a junior, Susie Babos earned her second All-American honors in both singles and doubles along with senior Zsuzsanna Fodor. Babos and Fodor were also each selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team and named the 2007 Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year. Freshman Nina Henkel was selected as an All-American in singles and also received All-Pac-10 Second Team honors.

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