WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 9 California women's tennis team takes on No. 24 Oregon and No. 1 Stanford at the Hellman Tennis Complex February 28-29. This weekend marks the beginning of Pac-10 action for the Bears, as they strive to bounce back from a tough, 4-2, loss to No. 14 Fresno State this past weekend.
A QUICK GLANCE AT THE BEARS' OPPONENT: Oregon enters this weekend after losing their first match of the season in a non-conference affair against the Washington Huskies. The Lady Ducks are 9-1 on the season and have already picked up two conference victories. Oregon is lead by Daria Panova who currently sits at No. 7 in the national rankings. The Ducks also have point-getter Dominika Dieskova at their disposal. Oregon has never beaten the Bears in 11 tries, including a narrow 4-3 victory by the Bears in 2003. Stanford is still; riding high off their ITA Team Indoor title earlier this month. They currently sit alone at No. 1 and have six athletes in the top-70 in the country. Their highest rated player is Erin Burdette, who is rated No. 12 nationally. Burdette is closely followed by Alice Barnes at No. 16, Lauren Barnikow at No. 24 and Theresa Logar at No. 26. Stanford has had their way with the Bears in the past, with a commanding 50-6 advantage, including a 4-1 victory in their last meeting.
LYNCH ON FIRE: Senior Catherine Lynch is making the most of her final season as a Bear. Lynch is in the midst of a nine-match winning streak and has won 11 of her last 12 matches. Overall she is 15-6, tied with Nicole Havlicek for the team lead in that department. The native of Dublin, Ireland is also leading the team in dual meet victories with nine.
MARQUEE MATCHES: Court No.1, this weekend, will be home to possibly two great matches, starting with a showdown between No. 2 Raquel Kops-Jones and No. 7 Daria Panova. Both athletes were featured in the February edition of Tennis Life Magazine as two of the top-5 players in the nation. Sunday will be headlined by an ITA All-American Final rematch between Kops-Jones and Erin Burdette. Kops-Jones defeated Burdette 6-3, 6-2 back on October 12, 2003 to claim the ITA All-American title - becoming the first African American women to win a major ITA singles title.
PREVIOUSLY: The Bears are coming off a disappointing loss to an up and coming Fresno State team, last Saturday, 4-2. Before that the Bears defeated San Diego St. easily, 5-1.
WOUNDED BEARS: Cal enters the week less than 100%. NCAA Doubles Champion Raquel Kops-Jones continues to work through an ailing lower back injury, while 2003 Team MVP Jody Scheldt rehabs a shoulder injury. Freshman phenom, Sasha Podkolzina hopes to be back soon after suffering through mononucleosis since the beginning of the calendar year.
RANKED BEARS: Kops-Jones sits at No. 2 in the country, followed by No. 21, No. 94 Scheldt, and No. 88 Lynch. Jieun Jacobs enters the month ranked No. 79 after starting the season unranked in January. Jacobs moves into the rankings after a 12-4 start on court No. 2 and after winning Flight II of the Pac-10 tournament, last month.
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.