Juricova Named to Pac-10 All-Academic First Team
June 28, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California women's tennis sophomore Jana Juricova was selected to the 2010 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic First Team on June 8, Commissioner Larry Scott announced. Golden Bear juniors Mari Andersson and Marina Cossou each received academic honorable mention. The award is Juricova's first and brings Cal's total conference all-academic honors to 20; 10 first team and 10 second team with 24 honorable mention selections since 1994.
Juricova and Cossou were also selected for all-conference first-team honors earlier in the season. The two Bears combined to receive three conference player-of-the-week awards to push Cal's conference-high total to 12 all-time. Andersson was an all-conference second-team selection this year.
Juricova completed her sophomore campaign as the nation's No. 2-ranked player and as the NCAA singles championship runner-up. Her team-leading 44-7 singles mark included a perfect 7-0 record in Pac-10 duals and a 23-3 overall record in all duals while playing exclusively at the top court. Her run to the singles title match included a remarkable 19-match winning streak through which she dropped just three sets on her way to defeating 14 ranked players. Juricova became the first Cal player in program history to capture the singles title at the 2009 ITA National Indoor Championships and was a runner-up for both the singles and doubles titles at the 2009 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship.
Andersson held the second-best overall singles record on the squad in 2010 with a 33-10 mark; 23-2 in duals. She finished as the No. 26-ranked singles player in the nation and advanced to the NCAA singles round of 32. Her play at the 2009 ITA National Team Indoor Championships netted her a spot on the all-tournament team. She also earned all-tournament honors in doubles with Juricova. Andersson and Juricova completed the season as the No. 12-ranked tandem in the country with a 32-10 record (21-3 in duals; 7-0 in Pac-10 duals).
Cossou held the No. 17 ranking in the final ITA singles poll and posted a 30-11 singles record with a 16-5 mark in duals while playing exclusively at the second court. She was the runner-up for 2009 Cal Nike Invitational singles crown and was one of three Bears to receive a bid to the NCAA singles championship field. Cossou advanced to the singles quarterfinal round in all three major fall tournaments; the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship, the Wilson/ITA Regional Championship and the ITA National Indoor Championship. Cossou went 20-6 in doubles matches paired with various partners.
The women's tennis team received the No. 12 ranking in the final ITA poll and held a 20-6 overall record this season with a 5-2 mark in Pac-10 matches for a third-place conference finish. The Bears made their 23rd-consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament; 29th overall and advanced to the round of 16 for the fourth straight year. Head coach Amanda Augustus guided Cal to its fourth consecutive 20-win season; third under her tutelage and earned her 80th career victory as a collegiate head coach.
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