Women's Tennis Opens 29th NCAA Tournament at Home
May 4, 2010
BERKELEY - The No. 12-ranked California women's tennis team (18-5, 5-2 Pac-10) received its 29th bid to the NCAA tournament on Tuesday, May 4. The Golden Bears will host the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships at the Hellman Tennis Complex on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15. Cal faces Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Southern (12-5, 8-0 SWAC) in a match not to begin before 1 p.m. PT on Friday, May 14. No. 20 USC (13-9, 5-3 Pac-10) and No. 55 Sacramento State (19-6, 8-0 Big Sky) meet in an earlier bout set for 10 a.m. PT.
Tickets will only be available for purchase on the day of matches at the north entrance to the Hellman Tennis Complex. Adult admission is $10 and youth (K-12), seniors (65+) and students can purchase tickets for $5. No advanced ticket sales will be available. Live scoring and streaming video will be available for all matches via the CalBears.com women's tennis page at this URL: http://www.calbears.com/sports/w-tennis/cal10ncaa.html
The winners of the first two matches will meet in a second-round match at noon PT on Saturday, May 15. The winner of the second-round match advances to the round of 16 which begins on Thursday, May 20, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of host University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
'It is always such an honor to be able to host championship events like this one,' said head coach Amanda Augustus. 'We look forward to welcoming USC, Sacramento State and Southern for a great weekend of women's tennis. We've worked hard to be able to host and I think the home-court advantage is a very important factor in the postseason. Southern just won its conference so we're looking forward to a tough first-round match. If we can get by, it'll be interesting to meet a team we're familiar with on the other side whether it's USC or Sacramento State.'
Cal finished third with a 5-2 record in one of the toughest conferences in collegiate women's tennis--the Pacific-10. Six teams from the league received bids into the championship tournament with three earning seeds. Seventh-seeded conference runner-up UCLA and eighth-seeded Pac-10 champion Stanford earned the other two seeds.
The Bears are led by three nationally-ranked players including No. 2-ranked sophomore Jana Juricova. Jucirova took home her second All-Pac-10 first team award this week and paces the squad with a 36-6 overall singles mark. She is 20-3 at the top court and went undefeated (7-0) in Pac-10 duals. A pair of All-Pac-10 juniors joins Juricova on the front lines with No. 18-ranked Marina Cossou ringing up a 28-9 mark in singles and No. 35 Mari Andersson turning in a 30-9 record overall.
As the defending NCAA doubles champions, Andersson and Juricova make up the No. 9-ranked doubles team in the country with a 30-8 record (20-2 at the top court). Cossou and senior Kasia Siwosz are ranked No. 89 as a duo and have amassed a 17-3 record (16-2 at the second doubles court).
Last year, the Bears were awarded the No. 8 seed in the tournament and ran away on an 11-match winning streak to reach the NCAA title match for a second consecutive season. Cal defeated Long Island and Texas at home before taking out higher-ranked squads from Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Notre Dame in College Station, Texas. The Bears drew Duke in the final where they fell, 4-0. Since 2003, Cal has made two appearances in the championship match with two other trips to the national semifinal and another in the round of 16.
The 16 national seeds in 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships are: No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Northwestern, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Clemson, No. 10 Duke, No. 11 Miami (Fla.), No. 12 California, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 14 Georgia Tech, No. 15 Florida State and No. 16 Texas. All first- and second-round matches (May 14-16) are played on campus sites, with the final 16 teams converging on Athens, Ga. for the NCAA Championships beginning on May 20. Please visit CalBears.com for more information.