Feb. 23, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - Things are looking up for the Cal women's tennis team. In the new WingspanBank.com National Tennis Rankings released today, the Bears have jumped to a No. 2 national ranking, their highest in school history.
Cal, previously ranked No. 3, jumped a spot after their impressive showing at last weekend's ITA Team Indoor Championships held in Madison, Wisc. The Bears advanced all the way to the final, defeating No. 49 Wisconsin, 6-1 in the first round, No. 7 Duke, 7-1 in the quarterfinals, and No. 9 Wake Forest, 5-4 in the semifinals, setting up a Stanford/Cal championship finale. Making their first national title appearance in school history, the Bears could not outlast the Cardinal, falling to the top-ranked team in the nation, 8-0, giving Stanford their fifth USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Title since 1988. This was the Bears first loss of the season dropping their overall record to 6-1 on the year.
The Bears will get a chance at redemption this weekend when they face No. 1 Stanford on Sat., Feb. 26, in a noon match at Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley. Although the Cardinal lead the overall series with the Bears, 40-5, Cal pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in its history on Feb. 27, 1999, when they defeated the Cardinal, 5-4, down on the Farm. This was the first victory for the Bears over Stanford since 1993. This match is also Stanford's last defeat since beginning their current streak of 29 straight victories. This includes a 5-1 defeat of the Bears at last year's NCAA Championships, where the Cardinal knocked the Bears out of the Final Four, 5-1, en route to capturing the national title.
The No.1 Cardinal enters this week's match 11-0 on the year, and fields one of the deepest teams in the nation. Stanford boasts six players ranked in the Top 100, including freshman Laura Granville, the second-ranked player in the nation. Granville leads the Cardinal with a 26-2 overall record and is riding a 15-match consecutive win streak. The freshman also captured the singles title at the Rolex Intercollegiate Individual Championship two weeks ago in Dallas, Texas. Marissa Irvin has also been impressive for Stanford of late, going 7-0 since her return from the WTA Tour. The super sophomore led the Cardinal last year, going 49-7 overall, and 23-4 in dual match play. She also won the Rolex Intercollegiate Individual title, as well as being NCAA singles runner-up.
Bear Bits: Cal coach Jan Brogan solidified her position as one of the premier coaches in the country last weekend, notching her 400th win in the 6-1, defeat over No. 49 Wisconsin... Brogan is the winningest coach in Cal history...Cal boasts two doubles tandem's in the top 5...After winning the doubles title at the Rolex Intercollegiate Individual Indoor Championships, Cal's duo of Amy Jensen and Claire Curran were ranked No. 1 in last weeks WingspanBank.com National Rankings...The duo of Karoline Borgersen and Anita Kurimay, who have also been impressive, notching a 10-4 overall record, captured the No. 4 spot.