Undefeated and Fourth-Ranked Bears Gearing up for Big Weekend
March 2, 1999
Friday, March 4 ARIZONA STATE Hellman Tennis Center 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6 ARIZONA Hellman Tennis Center 12 noon
CAL HOSTS ARIZONA WEEKEND: The fourth-ranked California women's tennis team takes on No. 12 Arizona State then No. 24 Arizona this weekend in Berkeley. Cal leads the series against both schools, 28-10 over Arizona State and 20-8 over the Wildcats, including wins in 1998. The Bears have a formidable 7-0, 4-0 Pac-10 record compared to the Sun Devils 4-4, 0-3 Pac-10 and Arizona's 4-2, 1-2 Pac-10 dual results. The games are at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 and at noon on Saturday.
BEARS DEFEAT TOP 10 TEAMS: Cal passed its first big tests of the 1999 dual match season with close victories over No. 6 Texas (3-3) and No. 5 Stanford (11-2, 3-1) last week. The Bears 5-4 victory on Cardinal courts was the first in the history of Cal women's tennis, who trails Stanford in the series, 5-38. Cal last defeated Stanford in 1993. The win followed an exciting 5-4 Longhorn defeat the day before. As the teams finished singles play with Texas leading 4-2, Cal had to sweep the doubles to take the match. The home victory depended on the No. 3 doubles match, in which Bears pair Karoline Borgersen and Jenny Lee rallied their way back from a 7-6 deficit to gain a 9-7 win over their Texas opponents. Cal will see the effects of its dual season results on standings when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association releases team and individual rankings March 9.
TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: The Bears outstanding doubles teams, three of which are ranked in the ITA Top 50, have won all but one of their matches. At Stanford, ITA No. 3 Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen scored an important 8-2 victory over No. 2 Teryn Ashley and Marissa Irvin. On the singles front, Francesca La'O was the only Cal player to have a perfect weekend, defeating both opponents in straight sets. La'O has earned a team high dual total of 7-0. Anita Kurimay shines at the No. 2 spot, winning four of her five matches on court two. Jensen, recently recovered from the flu, entered her first singles match since Feb. 1 with an easy straight-set win at the No. 6 spot against Stanford.
ITA-RANKED PLAYERS: As of Feb. 6, Cal has five players ranked in the ITA's Top 100, three of which are in the Top 50. The Bears highest ranked player is Anita Kurimay, No. 25 after reaching the quarterfinals of the individual ITA Indoors Championships. Amanda Augustus holds her position at No. 32, while Francesca La'O is just behind at No. 36. Cal also has three doubles tandems currently ranked on the ITA charts: No. 3 Augustus/Jensen, up from No. 6; No. 14 Curran/Kurimay and No. 49 Borgersen/Lee.
HONOR ROLL: Among Cal's 10-player roster, the Bears boast three singles All-Americans and four doubles All-Americans. Amanda Augustus earned her first singles All-America honor last season and is a three-time doubles All-American. A 1997 singles All-American, Amy Jensen turned the trick on the doubles side last season when she teamed with Augustus to win the 1998 NCAA doubles crown. Francesca La'O earned singles All-America accolades in 1997 and doubles honors with Augustus in '96. Claire Curran was a doubles All-American as a freshman in 1997, also with Augustus.
THE COACHES: In her 21st season as the Bears head coach, Jan Brogan's dual match record of 383-153 (.715) makes her the most successful coach in Cal history. Assistant coach Kathy Toon enters her 9th season with the Bears, and Melissa Gurney starts her Cal coaching career as a volunteer assistant.