February 9, 1999
Feb. 12 at Santa Clara
ITA Team Indoors
CAL LOOKS TO MAINTAIN PERFECT RECORD: After a weeklong break from dual match play, the No. 4-ranked California women's tennis team visits unranked Santa Clara Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. The Bears emerged from a busy opening week of the dual season with a 4-0 record, including a 9-0 sweep of Oregon. The Broncos are 2-3 on the year.
BEARS REACH QUARTERFINALS AT NATIONAL INDOORS: Both doubles tandems, Amanda Augustus with Amy Jensen and Claire Kurran paired with Anita Kurimay, reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated on the second day of the Rolex National Indoor Championships, held Feb. 4-7. For third-seeded duo Augustus and Jensen, the loss to No. 14 pair Vanessa Webb and Karen Goldstein from Duke broke a 12-match win streak. Meanwhile, Cal's top singles player Augustus fell in the first round 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1 to Marissa Catlin of Georgia. However Augustus did rack up three wins to reach the semifinals of the Consolation Bracket. Her teammate, Kurimay, advanced to the second round before falling to No. 17 Dora Djilianova of Fresno State for the second time this season.
TEAM DUAL STATISTICS ARE STELLAR: Cal was a model of consistency during the opening week of the 1999 dual match season. In all, the Bears outscored opponents 32-4, including sweeping all of its doubles matches and winning every singles point at the Nos. 3 through 6 spots. Playing in the No. 5 and No. 6 slots, senior Stephanie Tibbits was perfect and did not drop a singles set. Tibbits improved to 9-1 overall on the season with her victories. However, the Bears have struggled at the top two singles positions. Both Anita Kurimay and Amanda Augustus were unable to secure wins at No. 1 for the first three games, falling to ranked players from Fresno State and Washington. Augustus earned the Bears first point of the season at No. 1 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Oregon's Alina Wygonowska on Monday.
BEARS HAVE MOST INDIVIDUALS RANKED: Individually, Cal has more players ranked among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's collegiate Top 100, eight, than any team in the nation. Cal's highest ranked player is No. 20 Francesca La'O. Also among the ITA's Top 50 are 1998 ITA Northwest Regional singles champ Anita Kurimay (31) and Amy Jensen (T39). However, Cal's top singles player is 1998 All-American Amanda Augustus, who opened the fall with a preseason No. 4 ITA singles ranking, but slipped to No. 32 after a slow start in the fall. Cal also has four doubles tandems currently ranked on the ITA charts: No. 6 Augustus/Jensen; No. 12 Curran/Kurimay; No. 34 Borgersen/Lee; and No. 43 La'O/Mayes.
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 since slipped to No. 6, their record remains impressive at 11-1. Augustus and Jensen also played in last year's U.S. Open Main Draw, falling to Mary Joe Fernandez and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.
THE COACHES: In her 21st season as the Bears head coach, Jan Brogan's dual match record of 380-153 (.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.