Women's Tennis Takes a Week Off
March 8, 1999
UNDEFEATED BEARS TAKE WEEK OFF: The fourth-ranked California women's tennis team (9-0, 6-0 Pac-10) takes a short break from play after two consecutive weeks of back-to-back matches against Top 50 teams. The Bears return to Hellman on March 17 at 1:30 p.m. to face No. 43 Purdue.
CAL ON A ROLL: The Bears dominated the courts this past weekend, sweeping both matches versus No. 12 Arizona State and No. 24 Arizona, 9-0. The wins put Cal's shutout total at four for the dual season. Against Arizona, the Bears clinched five of the singles matches in straight-sets.
NEW RANKINGS MARCH 9: The Intercollegiate Tennis Association will release new team and individual rankings on Tuesday, March 9. Cal took the No. 4 spot in the Dec. 8 standings. As of the Feb. 6 individual rankings, Cal has five players in the Top 100, three of which are in the Top 50. The Bears highest ranked player is Anita Kurimay, No. 25 after reaching the quarterfinals of the individual ITA Indoors Championships. Amanda Augustus holds her position at No. 32, while Francesca La'O is just behind at No. 36. Amy Jensen and Karoline Borgersen are ranked respectively at No. 61 and 64. Cal also has three doubles tandems currently ranked on the ITA charts: No. 3 Augustus/Jensen, up from No. 6; No. 14 Curran/Kurimay and No. 49 Borgersen/Lee.
TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Amy Jensen has swapped places with injured Anita Kurimay at Cal's No. 2 position. While Kurimay was healthy, Jensen was taken out of singles play for a month due to illness. Now recovered, Jensen returned to singles play at No. 6 versus Stanford and won both her Arizona matches in straight-sets playing at No. 2. Head coach Jan Brogan has seen outstanding progress in walk-on player Jenny Lee. "She's the unsung hero," Brogan said after Lee hung on to a tight win at the No. 6 spot against Arizona and also took the win with teammate Karoline Borgersen in the No. 2 doubles game. Recently earning a singles position, Lee has won three of her four matches and is undefeated with Borgersen in doubles. Senior Francesca La'O boasts the best dual record on the team, with a perfect 9-0 total.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: With just one loss in 27 matches, the Bears double teams are a force to be reckoned with. As of Feb. 6, all three teams are ranked in the ITA Top 50. Defending NCAA champions Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen scored a major victory at Stanford, defeating national No. 2 team Teryn Ashley and Marissa Irvin. The No. 3-ranked duo won their second tournament title of the season Jan. 17 in the doubles final of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic.
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 shares the 1998 doubles honor with Augustus. 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.
THE COACHES: In her 21st season as the Bears head coach, Jan Brogan's dual match record of 385-153 (.716) 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.