Feb. 17, 2004
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 4 California women's tennis team takes on No. 29 San Diego State and No. 21 Fresno State at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Lady Aztecs come to Cal first, Friday, Feb. 20, followed by the Lady Bulldogs, Saturday, Feb. 21.
A QUICK GLANCE AT THE BEARS' OPPONENT: San Diego St. enters the week 3-1 on the season, after suffering their first loss of the year, 4-3, to Pepperdine last week. The Lady Aztecs have a match against Loyola Marymount at home on Wednesday before heading up I-5 to face the Bears. Cal holds a 27-7 all-time record against SDSU, including a 6-1 victory over the Lady Aztecs in 2003. Fresno State has never beaten the Bears in 31 tries. Cal is 31-0 against the Lady Bulldogs, including a 6-1, victory last year. FSU is also coming off of a match with Pepperdine. The Lady Bulldogs showed no love for the Waves on Valentine's Day defeating them, 5-2, moving their overall record to 2-1 on the season. FSU's only lost came at the hands of UCLA, but the Lady Bulldogs have two tough opponents in Stanford and Cal this week to contend with.
LYNCH ON FIRE: Senior Catherine Lynch is making the most of her final season as a Bear. Lynch is in the midst of a seven-match winning streak and has won 9 of her last 10 matches. Overall she is 13-6 overall, and is tied with three other teammates for the team lead in victories. The native of Dublin, Ireland is also leading the team in dual meet victories with seven.
FORMIDABLE FRESHMEN: Monica Wiesener has become a steady cog in Coach Brogan's machine early in her career. In just her first 11 matches as a collegiate, Wiesener has won eight matches and holds the second-best winning percentage (.811) of all the Bears. Flying under the radar of freshman-phenom Sasha Podkolzina, Wiesener has been able to comfortably assert herself on court No. 6 as a valuable point-winner for the Bears.
PREVIOUSLY: The Cal women's tennis team bounced back in fine fashion, after an emotional loss to No. 2 Georgia two weekends ago, to blank No. 38 UNLV, 7-0. The Bears improved to 6-1 on the season with that victory. In the match, No. 2 Raquel Kops-Jones battled through a nagging injury to upend Gyorgyi Zsiros, 7-6, 6-1. She also teamed with Jieun Jacobs to pick-up an 8-4 victory in doubles competition. Jacobs played almost flawless tennis, defeating Ago Abrum, 6-0, 6-1, for her 11th victory of the year.
FLIPFLOPPING POLL: The Golden Bears dropped one spot in the current poll (Feb. 10) to No. 4, as Georgia moved from the fourth position to a second place tie with former No. 1 Florida. Stanford takes over the top spot in the poll, with their victory over Georgia in the ITA Indoor Championship final.
RANKED BEARS: Kops-Jones sits at No. 2 in the country, followed by No. 18 Podkolzina, No. 59 Scheldt, No. 83 Lynch and No. 99 Havlicek. Jieun Jacobs who entered the season at No. 27 in the region looks to also break into the national rankings soon after starting out the season 11-3. Jacobs ended 2003 rated No. 53 nationally.
BROGAN'S LEGACY: In her 25 years at Cal, Jan Brogan has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country, guiding the Bears to 22 NCAA appearances, three AIAW showings and 18 Top 10 finishes since 1982. Brogan has also produced four national champion doubles teams, 54 All-Americans, 15 first team All-Pac-10 selections and three conference player of the year honorees. She currently boasts a 470-187 (.715) dual match record, making her the fourth active winningest coach in NCAA history.