Bears Take a Break from Team Play
February 1, 1999
Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 4-7
Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships - Dallas, TX TBA
Friday, Feb. 12
at Santa Clara 2 p.m.
BEARS BREAK FROM TEAM PLAY: During a brief interlude in its dual match season, the fourth-ranked California women's tennis team sends four players to Dallas to compete at the 22nd annual Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7. The Bears lead the nation in the number of individual invitations to play at the exclusive tournament, which features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles field. Sophomore Anita Kurimay and junior Karoline Borgersen both qualified for singles at the ITA Northwest Regional last fall, while senior Amanda Augustus was an at-large selection. Amy Jensen, a junior, will join Augustus to compete in the doubles portion of the tournament. The defending NCAA doubles champions were automatic qualifiers after capturing the Northwest Regional doubles title in the fall.
CAL OFF TO DOMINATING START: The Bears opened dual match play with a 4-0 record at home last week after posting one-sided victories over Fresno State, Washington, Washington State, and Oregon. Cal kicked off its 1999 dual match season with a resounding 8-1 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday and nearly repeated the performance with a 7-2 trouncing of Washington two days later. On Saturday, the Bears racked up another easy win over Washington State, 8-1. Monday's 9-0 win over Oregon gave Cal its fourth victory in less than a week. The Bears next dual match is slated for Friday, Feb. 12, at Santa Clara at 2 p.m.
STATISTICS HIGHLIGHTS: 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 stellar 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 ninth season with the Bears, and Melissa Gurney starts her Cal coaching career as a volunteer assistant.