March 2, 2004
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 9 California women's tennis team travels south to take on Arizona and Arizona State, after splitting their first two Pac-10 matches last weekend at home.
PREVIOUSLY: Cal opened the Pac-10 season with two different outcomes last weekend. The Bears blanked Oregon, 7-0, on Saturday, but then fell to No. 1 Stanford, 6-1, the following day.
A QUICK GLANCE AT THE BEARS' OPPONENT: In their only match last week, the Wildcats of Arizona upset No. 25 ASU, 5-2. Arizona took two of three doubles matches and four of six singles matches to beat the Sun Devils in Tempe. The Wildcats as a team are ranked No. 31. Junior Dianne Hollands is ranked No. 34. Junior Maja Mlakar is now ranked No. 66. As a duo, the two are ranked No. 18 in doubles action at 5-0 on the year. ASU split against two state rivals, shutting out Northern Arizona, 7-0 and falling to Arizona, 5-2. The Sun Devils rely on six freshmen, who play major roles in dual meet action. This week marks the first time since the 1996 season, the Sun Devils are not ranked in the top-25, falling from No. 25 to No. 33 in the ITA rankings. The freshmen doubles team of Kady Pooler and Rebecca Rankin are 20th in the country.
LYNCH'S STREAK STOPPED AT 10: Senior Catherine Lynch fell for the first time in 11 matches against No. 12 Erin Burdette of Stanford, 6-4, 6-3. Before that match, Lynch had won 10 in a row dating back to Jan. 30 when she started the month-long streak by defeating Cecilia Holland of Sacramento State, 6-1, 6-1. When the streak began Lynch's record sat at 6-6, now she is tied for the team lead in victories, and has a 16-7overall record. In fact, after closer examination six of Lynch's seven losses have come to ranked opponents.
TWO BEARS LOOK FOR MILESTONE VICTORIES: The fore-mentioned Lynch and fellow senior Jieun Jacobs look to make history this weekend, as they strive for their 100th victories as Bears. Jacobs is 13-5 on the season and sits at 99 career victories. Lynch entered the season with 83 career victories and has added 16 more to that total giving her 99 as a Bear. The two will get their first shot at this milestone Friday in Tucson.
MARQUEE MATCHES: Raquel Kops-Jones was able to sweep her two matches this weekend against two of the best players in the country. First, Kops-Jones upended No. 7 Daria Panova of Oregon 6-1, 6-2, in the Bears 7-0 victory over the Ducks. Sunday, the Cal senior defeated Stanford's No. 1 player Amber Lui, who would probably be ranked in the ITA's top-10, if she did not sit out the fall tournament season. Kops-Jones, 6-3, 6-2, victory over her Bay Area rival, was her 16th victory of the season.
BACK ON THE COURT: Freshman Sasha Podkolzina, returned to action last weekend, after sitting out the past three months with an assortment of ailments, including a bout with mononucleosis. Podkolzina only played doubles, pairing with senior Nicole Havlicek winning one of two matches.
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.