Women's Tennis Preps for Visiting Stanford
April 5, 1999
Tuesday, April 6 STANFORD 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 9 at Arizona State 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Arizona 12 noon
BEARS GO FOR SWEEP VS. CARDINAL, TRAVEL TO ARIZONA: The Bears meet Stanford for the second time this season in Cal's home finale at Hellman Tennis Center Tuesday, April 6. In their last meeting, Feb. 27, the No. 4 Bears (13-2, 8-0 Pac-10) defeated the No. 5 Cardinal, 5-4, for the first time ever at Stanford only and the fifth time in the 43-game series. One closely watched contest will be the rematch between No. 2-ranked Cardinal pair of Teryn Ashley and Marissa Irvin versus Cal's top duo, No. 4-ranked Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen. Augustus and Jensen took the first meeting in February. This weekend, Cal embarks on a two-week road trip that open Friday at No. 15 Arizona State and Saturday versus No. 45 Arizona. Cal swept both the Wildcats and Sun Devils earlier this season at home, 9-0.
CAL STILL UNDEFEATED IN PAC-10 PLAY: The Cal women's tennis team maintained its perfect conference record against Pac-10 opponents No. 10 USC and No. 6 UCLA this past weekend. In Cal's match against USC (13-6, 3-1 Pac-10) Friday, the Bears grabbed four singles victories and two in the doubles wins en route to a 6-3 win over the Trojans. The next day, against the Bruins (14-4, 2-2), an unexpected rain storm cut the match short but not before the Bears clinched the victory after mounting a 5-1 lead in singles.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Despite recent setbacks, many Bears still maintain strong individual records. Senior Francesca La'O and junior Claire Curran have each won 10 of their total 13 and 11 respective matches. Curran, who has just one loss on the season, was the only Cal player to win all three of her matches on the last road trip. Junior Amy Jensen, 8-2, had a perfect dual record until a loss at the No. 2 spot against San Diego. She also fell at No. 3 to Pepperdine, although she did pick up a win versus San Diego State. Doubles pair Borgersen/Lee managed to maintain an untarnished 11-0 record through the weekend, while defending NCAA doubles champions Augustus/Jensen snapped out of a three-match losing streak with a win against Pepperdine's No. 12 ranked Lawrence/Senoglu.
CAL AT THE TOP OF ITA STANDINGS: Cal held its No. 4 team ranking in the March 23 Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll with Florida, Duke and Georgia still respectively in the lead. The Bears currently boast five ranked singles players and four Top 50 doubles teams. Anita Kurimay leads the team with her No. 15 standing. Amanda Augustus improves three spots to No. 32, with Amy Jensen close behind at No. 41. Francesca La'O remains in the Top 50 at No. 48, and Karoline Borgersen is still at No. 56. Bears top doubles duo Augustus/Jensen have slipped one slot to No. 4 after dropping recent matches, while Curran/Kurimay remain No. 23 in the country. Cal's La'O/Mayes and Borgersen/Lee stand at No. 41 and No. 45 respectively.
THE COACHES: In her 21st season as the Bears head coach, Jan Brogan has compiled a dual match record of 389-155 (.715) that makes her both the most successful coach in Cal history and the most successful active female tennis coach in the nation. Assistant coach Kathy Toon enters her 9th season with the Bears, and Melissa Gurney joins Cal this year as a volunteer assistant.