Women's Tennis Hosts No. 6 Texas Friday
February 22, 1999
BEARS MEET FIRST BIG CHALLENGE: The California women's tennis team (5-0, 3-0 Pac-10) faces No. 6 Texas at home this Friday in the Bears most formidable matchup yet of the dual season. The team then travels to Stanford to compete with the fifth-ranked Cardinal. Stanford's Marissa Irvin is ranked No. 2 in the nation. Cal's third-ranked doubles team, Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen, meets the No. 2 Stanford doubles duo of Teryn Ashley and Irvin in one of the most anticipated contests of the young season.
HEALTH PROBLEMS FORCE WITHDRAWAL FROM TEAM INDOORS: Plagued by illness and injuries, Cal was unable to compete in the ITA Team Indoors last week. Top doubles tandem Augustus and Jensen both fell ill, and key singles player Anita Kurimay was weakened by a leg injury. Karoline Borgersen was also recovering from an injury. The Bears are recovering this week and are ready for their upcoming dual matches.
NEW RANKINGS SHIFT BEARS STANDINGS: As of Feb. 6, the number of Cal players ranked in the ITA's Top 100 have dropped from eight to five. However, three of the five are in the Top 50. The Bears highest ranked player is Anita Kurimay, who advanced from No. 31 to No. 25 after reaching the quarterfinals of the individual ITA Indoors Championships. Amanda Augustus holds her position at No. 32, while Francesca La'O has fallen to No. 36. Cal also has three doubles tandems currently ranked on the ITA charts: No. 3 Augustus/Jensen, up from No. 6; No. 14 Curran/Kurimay and No. 49 Borgersen/Lee.
CAL OFF TO DOMINATING START: Despite recent injuries, Cal women's tennis is off to a 5-0 start for the current dual match season. After posting one-sided victories over Fresno State, Washington, and Washington State, the Bears executed twin sweeps over Oregon and Santa Clara. Cal has won consistently in the No. 3 through No. 6 spots as well as in all doubles since the start of the season. Overall, the Bears have outscored opponents 41-4 .
HONOR ROLL: Among Cal's 10-player roster, the Bears boast three singles All-Americans and four doubles All-Americans. Amanda Augustus earned her first singles All-America honor last season and is a three-time doubles All-American. A 1997 singles All-American, Amy Jensen turned the trick on the doubles side last season when she teamed with Augustus to win the 1998 NCAA doubles crown. Francesca La'O earned singles All-America accolades in 1997 and doubles honors with Augustus in '96. Claire Curran was a doubles All-American as a freshman in 1997, also with Augustus.
AUGUSTUS/JENSEN CAPTURE TWO TITLES: Cal boasts one of the nation's best collegiate doubles tandems in defending NCAA champions Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen. The duo won their second tournament title of the season Jan. 17 with a victory in the doubles final of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic. During the fall, they also won four straight matches to capture the 1998 ITA Northwest Regional title at Stanford. Although the twosome's preseason No. 2 national ranking has slipped one notch, their record remains impressive at 11-1.
THE COACHES: In her 21st season as the Bears head coach, Jan Brogan's dual match record of 381-153 (.713) makes her the most successful coach in Cal history. Assistant coach Kathy Toon enters her 9th season with the Bears, and Melissa Gurney starts her Cal coaching career as a volunteer assistant.