April 29, 2008
The California women's tennis team was awarded the No. 8 seed into the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships today. The Golden Bears completed the regular season with a 16-5 overall record, third place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 6-2 league mark. Cal is also ranked No. 8 in the latest ITA Women's Collegiate Poll.
"We are very excited to get into the tournament and are extremely pleased to be the No. 8 seed" said head coach Amanda Augustus. "We always enjoy playing in front of our fans, so being able to host the first and second rounds means a lot to us; particularly for our seniors."
As the top seed in their portion of the NCAA Tournament bracket, the Bears will play host to three teams at the Hellman Tennis Complex next weekend for the first and second rounds. Cal will kick off its 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament against Army (26-7, 5-0 Patriot League) at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 9, followed by LSU (14-9, 6-5 SEC) and Washington State (16-9, 2-6 Pac-10) in the other first round match. The winners will face each other in the second round match at noon on Saturday, May 10. Start times are subject to change.
The winner of the second round match will advance to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Should Cal advance past the first and second rounds of play, they will play in the round of 16 on Thursday, May 15. The NCAA Championships are set to run through May 20. Immediately following the team championships, the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will take place from May 21-26 at the same location. The singles and doubles brackets will be announced April 30 at NCAASports.com by 3 p.m. PT.
Cal's selection to the NCAA tournament marks the 29th time it has entered postseason play since 1979. The Bears have advanced as far as the championship semifinal as a team on six occasions, most recently in 2007 under the direction of former head coach Jan Brogan. Last year, the Bears entered the tournament on a three-match losing streak but ran off four consecutive victories before bowing out to eventual national champion Georgia Tech.
The Bears enter the NCAA Team Championships ranked No. 8 in the nation with six ranked singles players in the most recent ITA Women's Collegiate poll: freshman No. 4 Marina Cossou, senior No. 20 Susie Babos, senior No. 35 Cristina Visico, junior No. 40 Claire Ilcinkas, junior No. 92 Bojana Bobusic and senior No. 114 Marion Ravelojaona, who is out with an injury. Cal's duo of seniors Babos and Stephanie Kusano are ranked No. 12 among doubles teams while the senior-junior combo of Visico and Bobusic checked in at the No. 54 spot in the latest poll.
For more information and complete records and statistics, please visit CalBears.com