Women's Tennis Prepares for Pac-10 Championships
April 19, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. - After ending the dual match season with a 16-4 record, 6-2 Pac-10, the No. 7 California women's tennis team travels to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-10 Championships, April 22-25. Despite only two league losses on the season, the Bears fell behind No. 5 Stanford, who won the race for the conference title with an 8-0 Pac-10 mark. The Bears 5-4 victory over the Cardinal in February did not count toward league standings. This week's Championship tournament will award individual titles in the singles and doubles fields. In mid-May Cal hosts an NCAA Regional.
CAL SWEEPS THEN TRIPS IN SO-CAL: Cal had a roller-coaster weekend in southern California for its last two dual matches of the season. The Bears boosted their record Friday, April 16 when they triumphed over No. 4 UCLA, 6-0, in Cal's fifth sweep of the season. At the end of the Cal-dominated singles round, the schools decided not to continue on to doubles play. The next day, though, Cal was downed by the No. 14 Trojans in an excruciatingly close 5-4 upset. The match was decided in an even closer contest at the No. 1 doubles spot. Fourth-ranked duo Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen fell to USC's No. 17 Ditta Huber and Kara Warkentin, whom they defeated earlier in the season, in a 7-3 tiebreaker that gave the Trojans the 9-8 doubles point.
BORGERSEN/LEE HAVE FLAWLESS SEASON: Cal's No. 3 doubles team Karoline Borgersen and Jenny Lee won their last match of the season versus USC Saturday, completing a team-high 14-0 dual record for the season. Both juniors, the duo will return to Berkeley next year. Defending NCAA doubles champions Augustus and Jensen posted a 10-4 record and No. 4 ranking in Augustus' senior season. At singles, Augustus has suffered an inconsistent season, 11-9 at the Bears No. 1 position, but as the nation's No. 28 player, she still looks promising for the tournaments. The best dual singles record on the team belongs to senior Francesca La'O at 16-3. Claire Curran, a junior, made a huge improvement from last season, picking up 14 wins in 17 matches. Last year, Curran struggled with an elbow injury and finished 3-2 mark in dual match play.
CAL FALLS TO NO. 7, RETAINS FIVE RANKED SINGLES, TWO DOUBLES: After a four-month reign as the nation's No. 4, the Bears fell to No. 7 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll released April 6. The lower ranking was due in part to Cal's losses to No. 37 San Diego and No. 12 Pepperdine during the last ranking period. New rankings are due out April 20. Cal retains five singles in the Top 100, with Amanda Augustus improving her standing four spots to No. 28. Anita Kurimay is still the team's top-ranked player at No. 17, Amy Jensen makes the Top 50 at No. 48, Karoline Borgersen is No. 59 and Francesca La'O holds No. 65. Bears top doubles tandem Augustus/Jensen still hold the No. 4 spot, while Curran/Kurimay fall seven slots to No. 30. Cal's other two previously ranked doubles teams, Borgersen/Lee and La'O/Mayes, did not make the Top 50.
THE COACHES: In her 21st season as the Bears head coach, Jan Brogan has compiled a dual match record of 392-157 (.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.
THIS WEEK: Thursday-Friday, April 22-25 Pacific-10 Championships Ojai, CA