Feb. 29, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - No. 2 Cal heads south this week to take on No. 26 Arizona and No. 10 Arizona State. First up for the Bears is a 1:30 p.m. match with the Wildcats in Tucson on Fri. March 3, at Robson Stadium Center. On Saturday the Bears will be in Tempe to take on the Sun Devils at noon at the Robson Player Facility.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Bears enter this week's contest with history on their side, leading the overall series with Arizona 30-10. The Bears downed the Wildcats twice last year, 9-0 at home, and 5-1 in Arizona. The Wildcats, who rank 21st in the nation, are led by No. 87 Michelle Gough. Gough and her partner Lindsay Blau also team to make the Wildcats top doubles duo, one that is ranked 15th in the nation. Blau and Gough recently met Cal's duo of Amy Jensen and Claire Curran in the finals of the Rolex Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Dallas, Texas, losing 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. The win gave Jensen and Curran their first ever national title. Last weekend Arizona faced Arizona State, losing 9-0 and falling to 6-3 overall and 1-3 in Pac-10 play.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: Cal will face another big challenge this week when they face the No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe. Although Cal leads the overall series, 23-8, the Sun Devils are 7-1 overall, and 3-1 in Pac-10 play. Last year the Bears swept Arizona both times, defeating them 9-0 at home and 5-4 in Tempe. The Sun Devils field one of the Pac-10's deepest teams and are led by No. 14 Allison Bradshaw, the 1999 ITA Rookie of the Year. Bradshaw also teams with Celena McCoury to form Arizona State's No. 1 doubles tandem. The duo, ranked No. 29 in the nation, is an impressive, 12-1 in dual match play. Last weekend the Sun Devil's blanked Arizona 9-0. They will face No. 1 Stanford on Fri., March 3 before facing the Bears on Saturday.
STANFORD MATCH IN REVIEW: For the second straight match in a row, the No. 2 Bears could not overcome the depth and talent of the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal, losing 6-0, on Sat., Feb. 26 in a match played at Hellman Tennis Center. With the loss the Bears moved to 6-2 on the year, and 3-2 in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal swept all six singles matches in straight sets, and improved their current win streak to 31 straight matches. The Bears sported a new line-up for the match as their No. 2 player, Anita Kurimay, sat out the match due to injury. This allowed Claire Curran, Karoline Borgersen, to slide up a slot in the line-up, while Lisa Swierniak and freshman Morisa Yang played their first dual matches at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots respectively. The two teams took the courts to play doubles only to have the match called due to rain. The Cardinal and Bears had previously faced off the week before in the finals of the ITA Team Indoor Championship where Stanford downed Cal, 8-0.
BEARS BOAST INTERNATIONAL FLAIR: With five of their nine players from outside of the United States, the Bears field one of the most diverse teams on the Cal campus. Four out of the Bears top six singles players hail from other countries including No. 1 Amy Jensen (Brisbane, Australia), No. 2 Anita Kurimay (Budapest, Hungary), No. 3 Claire Curran (Dublin, Ireland) and No. 4 Karoline Borgersen (Oslo, Norway). Junior Emeka Mayes rounds out the group as she comes from Montreal, Quebec.
BROGAN NOTCHES 400TH WIN: With the Bears 6-1 defeat over No. 49 Wisconsin on Feb. 16, Cal coach Jan Brogan reached a milestone notching her 400th career victory. Brogan is the winningest coach in Cal tennis history.
IN THE FUTURE: After traveling to Arizona this week, the Bears will return home for a four match home stand beginning with No. 12 William & Mary. That match will be held March 15, at Hellman Tennis Center, at 1:30 p.m.