No. 3 Golden Bears Welcome Arizona State for Home Dual
Feb. 19, 2010
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears look to rebound after suffering their first defeat of the season as the Sun Devils visit Berkeley for a Monday matinee dual match. Cal has a chance to extend its winning streak over Arizona State to ten matches when the teams take the court at Hellman Tennis Complex for a 1:30 p.m. PT first serve. Junior Mari Andersson rides a singles hot streak on which she has not dropped a set in 14 tries and looks to continue to hold an undefeated dual doubles record (6-0) with sophomore Jana Juricova at the top doubles court.
THIS WEEK: The No. 3-ranked California women's tennis team (6-1) hosts No. 28 Arizona State (3-1) in a 1:30 p.m. PT dual match at the Hellman Tennis Complex on Monday, Feb. 22. The match was originally scheduled to take place on Feb. 6, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather conditions. While the Golden Bears have defeated the Sun Devils in their last nine meetings, the outcome of the match will not count towards Pac-10 Conference standings as the first of two scheduled dual matches this season. Live streaming video will be provided through links at CalBears.com.
BEAR TRACKER: Cal will provide live streaming video with on-screen scores of all home dual matches held at the Hellman Tennis Complex throughout the year. Please visit the women's tennis page at CalBears.com for on-court links.
QUICK HITS: Throughout the 2010 spring dual season, different Bears will appear on the CalBears.com women's tennis page for a special video segment called Quick Hits. To learn more about each individual player and the team, visit CalBears.com today.
JURICOVA NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Jana Juricova was named Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 8-14, after she led the Bears to a pair of victories over No. 9 Georgia Tech, 5-2, and No. 12 UCLA, 4-3, at the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Juricova suffered just her first defeat in nine matches but lost to the top-ranked player in the nation in Georgia Tech's Irina Falconi, 7-6(7), 7-5. She then rebounded to defeat fifth-ranked Yasmin Schnack of UCLA, 6-4, 6-2, and No. 12-ranked Maria Mosolova of Northwesterm, 6-3, 6-1. In doubles, Juricova teamed with junior Mari Andersson and maintained their perfect record in dual matches by defeating the Georgia Tech duo of Falconi and Sasha Krupina, 8-5, upsetting UCLA's No. 10-ranked tandem of Andrea Remynse and Schnack, 8-1, and beating Northwestern's team of Elena Chernyakova and Lauren Lui, 8-4. This is the second career weekly honor for Juricova and the conference leading 10th overall Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the California women's tennis team. Juricova joins Zsuzsanna Fodor as the only other two-time selection from Cal.
ON COURT - NO. 28 ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils (3-1, 0-0 Pac-10) have been on a long layoff since they split matches at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event in Atlanta. Arizona State fell to host Georgia Tech before getting a 4-2 win against a No. 24-ranked Alabama squad on Jan. 31. The Devils return two ITA All-Americans to the lineup this spring with former All-American Championship singles title holder junior Kelcy McKenna leading the charge. McKenna is ranked No. 97 and has notched a 3-1 mark in dual singles matches this season. No. 106-ranked junior Micaela Hein received doubles All-American honors last spring and is currently 1-1 in dual singles matches. Hein and junior Ashlee Brown are the No. 50-ranked doubles team in the country. Three-time all-conference senior Nadia Abdala is 6-4 overall and 3-1 in dual matches this season. The Bears hold a 37-13 advantage in the all-time series against the Sun Devils and have won nine straight matches.
LAST TIME OUT: The Bears earned two strong victories at the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis. before falling to two-time defending champion Northwestern in the semifinal. As the third-seeded team in the prestigious tournament, Cal opened with a 5-2 victory over ninth-seeded Georgia Tech to draw a familiar foe in No. 12-ranked UCLA. The Bears and the Bruins fought it out with Cal prevailing in a 4-3 decision as freshman Tayler Davis earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over Carling Seguso on court six to seal the victory. As the Bears moved into their second semifinal appearance in as many years, they found themselves faced with defending indoor champion Northwestern. Cal opened up a 3-1 lead on the Wildcats before NWU came roaring back to earn a 4-3 come-from-behind victory. Northwestern went on to win a second consecutive title as they defeated North Carolina in the championship match. Junior Mari Andersson extended her singles winning streak to seven matches and hasn't dropped a set in 14 tries. Andersson and sophomore Jana Juricova continued their strong play at the top doubles court to notch their sixth consecutive dual-match victory together. Andersson was selected to the All-Tournament Team as she shared third-court honors with Elizabeth Potkin of Duke; and Andersson and Juricova received All-Tournament honors at the top doubles court.
BEARS IN THE RANKS: The Bears are ranked No. 3 as a team in the most recent (Feb. 18) Campbell's/ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) College Tennis Poll. Cal has three ranked singles players with second-ranked sophomore Jana Juricova at the top of that list. Junior Marina Cossou is No. 20 with junior Mari Andersson at No. 75. As the defending NCAA doubles champions, Andersson and Juricova hold the No. 13 ranking as a doubles team. Cossou and senior Kasia Siwosz are the No. 54-ranked doubles team in the nation.
POWER OF THE PAC: Eight of the Pac-10's nine women's tennis teams hold rankings in the latest Campbell's/ITA College Tennis Poll of NCAA Division I Women's Tennis teams--making the Pac-10 one of the toughest leagues in collegiate women's tennis. The Bears lead all teams in the poll with the No. 3 spot. UCLA is just one spot behind at No. 4 with defending conference champion USC at No. 9 and Stanford not far at No. 11. Washington holds the No. 19 spot with Arizona State at No. 28 to give the conference six teams in the top 28 alone. Arizona ranks No. 59 and Oregon ranks No. 73. Last season, Cal represented the conference in the NCAA title match with four teams advancing as far as the round of 16. Two seasons ago, Cal and UCLA battled it out in the NCAA team championship match to give the conference full control of the national title. The conference also produced the 2009 NCAA doubles champion in Cal's own Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova. Juricova is also the defending ITA Indoor Championship singles title holder. The Pac-10 finished 2009 with 14 ITA All-American selections, three of which were given to Bears, Andersson (doubles) and Juricova (singles and doubles).
INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR: The Bears are a truly diverse group with players hailing from five different countries. Junior Mari Andersson and freshman Annie Goransson each come from Sweden; sophomore Jana Juricova is from the Slovak Republic; junior Marina Cossou is a native of France; and senior Kasia Siwosz is from Poland. Sophomores Stephany Chang and Catalina Visico, and freshmen Tayler Davis and Nelly Radeva are each from California.
FAMILY TIES: Sophomore Catalina Visico is the younger sister of former Cal tennis standout Cristina Visico (2004-08). While she prefers to be called Catie, Catalina has forged her own identity with the Bears as a vocal leader and an integral part of the team. The elder Visico was a 2008 All-Pac-10 Honorable mention and completed her career at Cal with over 100 singles victories and 40 doubles wins.
HOW SWEDE IT IS: Junior Mari Andersson (Bastad, Sweden) and freshman Annie Goransson (Hollviken, Sweden) each hail from the Nordic country of Sweden. In fact, both players prepped at Bastad Gymnasium, and have faced each other in several youth and junior tournaments.
CAL AT THE ITA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Cal has won 26 matches at the indoor championships, the sixth highest total. The Bears advanced to the championship match in 2000, where they fell to rival Stanford. In 2010, the Bears advanced to the semifinal match for the second consecutive year. In 2009, Cal knocked off two-time defending champion Georgia Tech in the quarterfinal before falling to runner-up Georgia. Only 11 different teams have made appearances in the final match with just six different teams able to claim at least one championship for their schools. Stanford's nine titles are the most; followed by Florida's six; and Georgia with three. Georgia Tech won back-to-back crowns in 2007-08 before Northwestern accomplished the same feat with titles in 2009 and 2010; and Duke holds one title.
FALL 2009 REVIEW: The Bears were highly successful in fall individual tournaments in 2009. Sophomore Jana Juricova earned the most notable of achievements as she claimed Cal's first ITA Indoor Championship singles crown on Oct. 26. Juricova completed an incredible streak of 10-straight set victories over ranked opponents as she defeated No. 8 Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech in the singles final, 6-4, 7-6(4). Juricova also advanced to the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship singles final before bowing out to Washington's Denise Dy. Juricova was joined in the singles quarterfinal at the regional championships by both juniors Mari Andersson and Marina Cossou. Senior transfer Kasia Siwosz breezed her way to the Saint Mary's Invitational singles title without dropping a single set. Cossou made it all the way to the Gold Flight final at the Cal Nike Invitational before falling to No. 11-ranked Yasmin Schnaak of UCLA and freshman Tayler Davis made an appearance in the Blue Flight final before falling to USC's Christala Andrews. As a doubles team, Andersson and Juricova advanced to the Northwest Regional championship match before being taken out by the No. 3-ranked team of Hillary Barte and Lindsay Burdette of Stanford; and Davis and Siwosz claimed the Blue Flight crown at the Cal Nike Invitational.