March 6, 2000
Berkeley, Calif - After two matches on the road No. 2 Cal returns home to host No. 13 William & Mary this Friday, in a match to be played at the Hellman Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m.
A LOOK AT WILLIAM & MARY: The Bears enter this week's contest with William & Mary searching for a victory after losing to Arizona State, 5-4 on March 4. Cal leads the overall series with the Tribe, 2-1 with William & Mary taking the last meeting between the two schools, 5-2 in 1995. This season, William & Mary is 7-1 on the year with their only defeat coming at the hands of No. 3 Georgia, 9-0. Leading the way for the Tribe is sophomore Delphine Troch who boasts a No. 27 national ranking, while occupying the No. 1 singles slot. She also teams with Carlijn Buis to form the Tribe's top doubles duo, one that is ranked 23rd in the nation. The Tribe will face No. 10 Arizona State on Tuesday and Saint Mary's on Thursday before traveling to Berkeley on Friday.
ARIZONA MATCH IN REVIEW: After losing two straight matches to No. 1 Stanford, the Bears finally got things back on track on Fri., March 3, defeating Arizona, 7-2. Sporting a new lineup in singles, the Bears only loss of the day came at the No. 6 slot where senior Jenny Lee lost to Laresa Marino, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. This was Lee's first singles appearance in dual match play all year. Making her first showing in the No. 1 slot, junior Anita Kurimay made her return from a knee injury a good one by dominating Arizona's Michelle Gough, 6-0, 6-1. In doubles action, Cal's seventh-ranked duo of Claire Curran and Amy Jensen were upset by Arizona's Michelle Gough and Lindsay Blau, 8-4. Jensen and Curran had previously defeated Blau and Gough for the doubles title at the Rolex Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Feb. 6.
ARIZONA STATE MATCH IN REVIEW: The Bears suffered perhaps their most surprising defeat of the season Sun., March 4, when they were upset by No. 10 Arizona State, 5-4. In singles play the Bears dropped an uncharacteristic four points to the Sun Devils, capturing victories at only the No. 1 and No. 2 slots. Anita Kurimay notched her second win of the weekend at the No. 1 spot, downing ASU's Karin Palme, 6-3, 6-1. Claire Curran picked up the only other singles victory for the Bears in the No. 2 spot, beating Kerry Giardino, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. In doubles play, the Bears captured victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots to tie the score 4-4 before ASU's Karin Palme and Kerry Giardino clinched a Sun Devil victory by defeating Cal's duo of Jenny Lee and Christina Fusano, 9-8 on court three.
KURIMAY LEADS TEAM: After missing the Feb. 20 match against Stanford due to injury, Anita Kurimay returned to the lineup with a bang last weekend, capturing two victories while playing in the No. 1 singles spot for the first time all year. The junior has now compiled a team leading 17-7 overall record while picking up a No. 38 national ranking in last week's WingspanBank.com national rankings. The native of Budapest, Hungary has won eight of her last nine matches with her only loss coming against No. 2 Laura Granville of Stanford, 6-4, 7-5, at the ITA National Indoor Championships.
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 this week's match against William & Mary, the Bears will continue their four-match home stand against Purdue on March 16, New Mexico on March 17, and Arkansas on March 19.