March 30, 2004
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 11 California women's tennis team travels across the Bay to take on the Stanford Cardinal, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The Bears then return home in search of victories over UCLA and USC, Friday and Saturday.
A QUICK GLANCE AT THE BEARS' OPPONENTS: Cal is in the midst of their toughest week of the season, facing three Top 10 programs in four days. No. 1 Stanford boasts eight athletes in the nations top 95 (No. 15 Alice Barnes, No. 19 Erin Burdette, No. 24 Theresa Logar, No. 33 Amber Lui, No. 36 Lauren Barnikow, No. 49 Story Tweedle-Yates, No. 67 Emilia Andersen and No. 95 Anne Yelsey). The Cardinal won the only matchup between the two schools earlier this season, 6-1, and lead the all-time series 51-6 over the Bears. No. 9 UCLA enters the Hellman Center Friday, led by No. 14 Jackie Carleton, who also pairs with Lauren Fisher to make the No. 10 doubles team in all the land. Carleton isn't alone, she also brings with her No. 44 Danielle Bercek and No. 78 Alex McGoodwin. The Bruins lead the all-time series 26-23. No. 8 USC anchors what should be an exciting week for collegiate tennis. The Trojans will be looking to avenge the Bears 4-1 victory, which eliminated USC from NCAA action last season. USC leads the all-time series 24-21.
UNSUNG HAVLICEK: Nicole Havlicek has not received the type of attention a 22-7 record should command, thus far in 2004, but those close to the program understand how valuable she is. With a 15-2 dual match record, including a dominating 11-1 record on court No. 4, Havlicek has been key in the Bears success. Currently riding a six-match win streak the senior from Ontario Canada is the hottest of the Bears.
FRESHMAN CONTRIBUTION: Monica Wiesener has been a pleasant surprise for Coach Jan Brogan this season. Overshadowed by the signing of freshman-phenom Sasha Podkolzina, Wiesener entered the season under the radar of the Bears 2004 opposition. But with a 15-6 record, the first year player out of Calabasas, Calif., skills are not covert any longer. Wiesener is a commanding 9-2 on court No. 6 this season, and looks to only improve with time. In doubles action Weisener has paired with three different partners, going 7-4 in just 10 weeks of collegiate experience.
HAVLICEK/SCHELDT CLICKING: Nicole Havlicek and Jody Scheldt have come together to become the Bears most consistent doubles team. With a 16-3 record the two are looking to make a possible NCAA push. The duo has also won nine of their last 10 matches. They are currently ranked No. 42 in doubles competition.
RANKED BEARS: Singles - No.1 Kops-Jones, No. 26 Podkolzina, No. 83 Scheldt; Doubles - No. 27 Kops -Jones/Podkolzina, No. 31 Kops-Jones/Jacobs, No. 42 Havlicek/Scheldt.
KOPS-JONES NO. 1: Cal senior Raquel Kops-Jones was rewarded for her stellar play, becoming the No. 1 player in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Kops-Jones, who has been ranked No. 2 since the first poll of the year was unveiled Jan.13, moved to the top last week, after defeating three ranked opponents over a 10 day span in February, including No. 7 Daria Panova of Oregon and Stanford's Amber Lui. The native of Fresno, Calif., is 18-2 on the season, with five of those victories coming against athletes currently ranked in the ITA's Top 12. Her 18 wins in just 20 matches had her placed ahead of the pace she set in 2003, where she finished, 44-15, good for a No. 4 ranking nationally. Kops-Jones became the first African-American woman to win a major ITA singles title in the fall by defeating Stanford's Erin Burdette in the finals of the ITA All-American Tournament Oct. 12. The senior also teamed with Christina Fusano last spring to capture the NCAA Doubles title. Recently Kops-Jones has been sidelined with a lower back injury and is still questionable for this week's action. Without their star the Bears are 3-1, with their only loss coming to No. 7 Washington, by the slim margin of 4-3. The senior has not competed in dual meet action since March 6.
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.