April 10, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - After sweeping USC and UCLA this past weekend, the California women's tennis team (14-4, 6-2) prepares for a big week, heading to No. 1 Stanford on Tues., Apr. 11 and hosting No. 6 Arizona State on Fri., Apr. 14, and No. 20 Arizona on Sat., Apr. 15.
A LOOK AT STANFORD: The Bears and Cardinal have already faced off twice this year with Stanford taking away victories in both meetings. Earlier this year the Cardinal downed the Bears 8-0 in the finals of the ITA Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 20, and then followed up by defeating the Bears, 6-0 on Feb. 26 in Berkeley. So far this year the Cardinal are unbeaten at 20-0 with their last dual match defeat coming on Feb. 27, 1999 when the Bears beat the Cardinal down on the Farm. Leading the way for Stanford is second-ranked Laura Granville, third-ranked Marissa Irvin, and seventh-ranked Lauren Kalvaria. Wonder frosh Granville is 32-2 on the year and in the midst of a 22-match win streak while Irvin remains a perfect 14-0 on the year. Kalvaria resume is no less impressive as she checks in with a 30-7 overall record. The Cardinal hold a 42-5 edge in the overall series with the Bears.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: The Bears head into this week's match against Arizona State with revenge on their minds as they are one of only three teams to have beaten the Bears this season. ASU downed Cal in their previous meeting on Mar. 4, 5-4 in Tempe. On the year the Sun Devils have gone 11-5 and 3-2 in Pac-10 play. Tops for ASU is No. 12 Alison Bradshaw who has posted a 14-4 record at the No. 1 spot this year. Cal holds the lead in the overall series, 23-9.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA: This week's meeting between Arizona and Cal is the second of the year for these two teams with the Bears pulling off a 7-2 win over the Wildcats on Mar. 3, in Tucson. This year the Wildcats are 9-8 and 3-2 in Pac-10 play and enter this week on the heels of a 7-2 defeat of Washington in their last match. Sophomore Lindsey Blau pulled off a huge upset for the Cats, beating the top-ranked player in the nation, Washington's Kristina Kraszewski, 6-3, 6-3. Cal holds the overall lead in the series, 31-10.
USC MATCH IN REVIEW: The No. 8 Bears pulled off a 5-4 victory over the No. 10 Trojans last weekend to capture their first victory since losing to No. 5 Pepperdine on Mar. 26. The Bears received singles victories from Anita Kurimay, Amy Jensen, and Morisa Yang, tying the score 3-3 after singles play. Cal and USC went on to each grab a doubles victory, the Bears on court one and Trojans on court three, tying the score at four apiece. After falling behind 2-0, the Bears duo of Claire Curran and Jensen claimed the match, 8-4 at the No. 2 spot, giving the Bears the 5-4 win.
UCLA MATCH IN REVIEW: After defeating USC on Friday, the Bears traveled across town to UCLA, upsetting the fifth-ranked Bruins 6-3 for their second win in two days. After pulling ahead 4-2 at the end of singles play, Cal clinched the match when the duo of Jenny Lee and Emeka Mayes defeated UCLA's Zana Zlebnik and Petya Marinova, 8-2 on court three. Freshman Morisa Yang was impressive, defeating Petya Marinova 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 6 singles spot to grab her second win of the weekend. She was the only other Cal player besides senior Amy Jensen to go undefeated last weekend.
JENSEN CLOSING IN ON 100-WIN MILESTONE: Cal senior Amy Jensen needs only four more wins to reach 100 victories in her career. One of the most decorated players ever to play at Cal, the native of Brisbane, Australia has compiled a 96-44 overall record during her four years as a Golden Bear.
IN THE FUTURE: After this week, the Bears will play wrap up their regular season schedule, hosting UCLA on Fri., Apr. 21 and USC on Apr. 22 at Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley.