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No. 6 Golden Bears Host NCAA Tennis Championships
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

May 11, 1999

Regionals Come to Cal
The University of California and the 6th-ranked Golden Bear women's tennis team were selected by the NCAA, last week, as one of 16 First-and Second-Round Regional hosts for the 1999 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. The Regional, which will be played at the Hellman Tennis Center on the Berkeley campus May 15-16, opens with Cal facing Army at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, followed by Marquette and San Diego State at 1 p.m. The winners of each match will advance to Sunday's 10 a.m. final with the regional champion earning a berth in the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Florida, May 20-28. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and will be available at the door.

New Format for '99
As part of the new 16-site Regional system implemented by the NCAA for the 1999 Women's Tennis Tournament, California will have to advance out of regional play in order to take a shot at this year's team title in Gainesville, Fla. The system is a departure from the championship procedure used last year, in which the Top 8 seeds received automatic berth in the round of 16 with the remaining eight slots being filled by the champions from each of eight regional sites.

A Quick Look at the Bears
California is making its 18th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament. Currently ranked No. 6 in the nation, the Golden Bears finished the regular season with a 16-4 dual match record (6-2 Pac-10, 2nd). It is Cal's best record since 1994, when the Bears finished the season 18-4 and reached the NCAA Final Four.

Army Up First
The Golden Bears will take on Patriot League champs Army (18-8) in their first round match. It is the first meeting ever between the two teams in women's tennis and also the Cadets first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Cadets are led by Annie Weber, who plays in Army's No. 1 position and posted a team-best 22 wins in this season. Senior Elizabeth Scherer has also been a key player for Army. She is the school record holder for career victories in both singles (84) and doubles (66). Army brings a 10-match winning streak to Cal, which ties for the fourth-longest run in school history and the longest since 1992-93. Army is unranked as a team and does not have individuals ranked in the ITA poll.

How They'll Match Up
Here's a look at the lineups and individual records for Saturday's 10 a.m. Cal vs. Army First-Round Match:

Singles

No. 1 Annie Weber (A)       22-14 vs. Amanda Augustus (C)    18-13
No. 2 Jennifer Blatty (A)   18-18 vs. Amy Jensen (C)         26-11
No. 3 Cheryl Hamilton (A)   11-14 vs. Anita Kurimay (C)      27-14
No. 4 Elizabeth Scherer (A) 18-12 vs. Claire Curran (C)      23-10
No. 5 Melissa Sentelle (A )  18-6 vs. Francesca La'O (C)      24-8
No. 6 Lillian Lien (A)      14-14 vs. Karoline Borgersen (C) 21-12
Doubles
No. 1 Weber/Hamilton (A)      9-6 vs. Augustus/Jensen (C)      21-6
No. 2 Blatty/Betsy Evans (A)  2-1 vs. Curran/Kurimay (C)      20-10
No. 3 Lien/Scherer (A)       21-8 vs. Borgensen/Jenny Lee (C)  19-3
Should Cal get past Army, the Bears would face either No. 25 Marquette (18-5) or No. 30 San Diego State (16-9) in Sunday's 10 a.m. regional final.

Marquette is the Conference USA Champion and making its third-consecutive appearance in the NCAAs. MU enters NCAA play having won its last nine matches, one shy of the school record. Senior Ana Fernandez leads the Golden Eagles with a 37-6 record and was named Conference USA MVP. Head coach Jody Bronson was the conference's Coach of the Year. Cal has never played Marquette.

Cal defeated San Diego State, 6-3, March 20 in San Diego to improve 9-0 all-time versus the Aztecs. SDSU is led by three-time All-Western Athletic Conference first team selections, seniors Maggie Cole and Sarah Donovan, who also rank No. 26 in the nation in doubles with a 25-7 overall record. They are the highest ranked doubles team in the WAC. In singles, Donovan, who owns a 23-11 overall record on the year, is ranked No. 72.

Pac-10 Praise
Cal claimed four spots on the 1999 Pac-10 All-Conference team in a vote of conference coaches, announced May 4. Senior Amanda Augustus (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) headed the list with her third-consecutive first team selection, while junior Amy Jensen (Brisbane, Australia) and sophomore Anita Kurimay (Budapest, Hungary) were second team honorees. Junior Claire Curran (Dublin, Ireland) was tabbed as an honorable mention choice.

Four Bears to Vie for NCAA Singles and Doubles Titles
In addition to the NCAA team competition, four Golden Bears will compete in the Individual Championships, May 24-28, at the University of Florida. Amanda Augustus, Amy Jensen, Anita Kurimay and Francesca La'O received berths in the singles draw, with defending NCAA doubles champs, Augustus and Jensen, receiving the lone doubles bid. Kurimay and partner Claire Curran were selected as doubles alternates and could see action if one of the 32-team field is unable to participate.

Cal has Most Ranked
With six individuals ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 100 and three doubles teams in the Top 50 for a total of nine, the Golden Bears have more ranking than any other team in the country. In fact, Cal's entire starting lineup is ranked. Cal's highest ranked singles player is Amanda Augustus, who checks in at No. 17. Augustus also teams with Amy Jensen to form the nation's No. 4 doubles squad. Here's a look at Golden Bears in the rankings:

Singles

17. Amanda Augustus, Sr.
26. Anita Kurimay, So.
35. Amy Jensen, Jr.
64. Karoline Borgersen, Jr.
77. Francesca La'O, Sr.
98. Claire Curran, Jr.
Doubles
 4. Augustus/Jensen
33. Curran/Kurimay
50. La'O/Jenny Lee
This is How We Do it
The secret to Cal's No. 6 national ranking and 16-4 record this season ... balance. The Golden Bears boast five 20-match winners on this years club, led by No. 26th-ranked Anita Kurimay, who posted a team-and career-best 27 victories. The Bears top performer in terms of winning percentage, however, is Francesca La'O, who at 24-8 this season owns a winning percentage of .750.

Double Tough
Cal has put on a clinic in doubles this season, and it's been a big part of the Golden Bears success. Cal, which has won at least two of the three doubles positions in every match, is a combined 39-9 (.813) in dual doubles action. The Bears have owned the No. 3 spot, with three teams combining for a perfect 16-0 mark in that position. Cal has also been solid at the top, winning 12-of-16, and at No. 2, 11-5. Karoline Borgersen and Jenny Lee sport the Bears best dual record at 14-0, followed by Francesca La'O and Emeka Mayes at 6-0 and Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen at 10-4.

The Bears registered five sweeps on the season, including four teams that earned berths in the NCAA field of 64. Cal's first victim was Oregon, which the Bears bageled on Feb. 1. The next day, Bay Area rival Santa Clara fell in the same fashion. Cal produced another back-to-back blanking March 5-6, when the Bears zeroed then-No. 12 Arizona State and then-No. 24 Arizona, in Berkeley. Cal's final shutout of the year came on April 16, in a 6-0 whitewash of then-No. 4 UCLA. The Bears also came close to producing shutouts on four other occasions when Cal surrendered just one point.

Streaking with the Bears
Cal opened the 1999 dual match season on absolute fire, winning its first 10 straight. And though the Bears had a slight mid-season stumble, dropping two of three in southern California to San Diego and Pepperdine, Cal did finish strong, winning five of its last seven. And when the Bears did fall, they didn't lose by much, as three of Cal's four losses were by scores of 5-4.

Conference of Champions
As if any more proof was needed that the Pacific-10 Conference is the premiere league for women's tennis, all doubts were removed last week when the NCAA gave berths to all nine teams. Pac-10 schools will also host five of the 16 regionals. In addition to Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Arizona State were selected to host. In the rankings, Pac-10 school account for nearly one-half of the Top 10, four, and eight of the Top 35 teams in the nation.

1999 California Women's Tennis
Individual Results as of 4/26/99

Singles             No. 1 No. 2  No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6 Dual Tourn.   All
Amanda Augustus      10-8   1-1                          11-9    7-4 18-13
Anita Kurimay         0-2   5-4    4-1   1-1             10-6   17-6 27-14
Amy Jensen                  6-3    4-2               1-0 11-5   15-6 26-11
Francesca La'O                     6-2   5-1  5-0        16-3    8-5  24-8
Claire Curran                            7-1  6-2    1-0 14-3    9-7 23-10
Karoline Borgersen                 1-0   2-1  4-1    4-3 11-5   10-7 21-12
Jenny Lee                                     1-0    3-4  4-4    6-3  10-7
Lisa Swierniak                                       1-0  1-0    9-5  10-5
Emeka Mayes                                               0-0    5-4   5-4
Stephanie Tibbits*                            1-0    2-0  3-0    6-1   9-1

Doubles No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 Dual Tourn. All Augustus/Jensen 10-4 10-4 11-2 21-6 Curran/Kurimay 2-0 6-5 8-5 12-5 20-10 Borgersen/Lee 4-0 10-0 14-0 5-3 19-3 La'O/Mayes 1-0 5-0 6-0 7-3 13-3 Lee/Swierniak 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 Borgersen/Jensen 0-0 3-1 3-1 Borgersen/La'O 0-0 0-1 0-1 La'O/Lee 0-0 1-1 1-1 Mayes/Swierniak 0-0 0-1 0-1

* = Stephanie Tibbits left the team in February due to personal reasons.

May 11 Women's Rankings
  Rk. Team                          Avg.
   1  Florida (26-1)              72.97
   2  Stanford (23-2)             64.12
   3  Georgia (21-3)              60.00
   4  Duke (23-3)                 55.90
   5  Mississippi (21-4)          54.87
   6  California (16-4)           54.82
   7  UCLA (17-7)                 49.91
   8  Pepperdine (23-4)           42.67
   9  Texas (20-6)                41.39
  10  Southern California (18-8)  39.96
  11  Arizona State (12-7)        34.07
  12  Notre Dame (22-6)           33.87
  13  Vanderbilt (18-8)           33.04
  14  William & Mary (20-6)       31.27
  15  South Carolina (16-7)       29.91
  16  Tennessee (16-7)            29.41
  17  Wake Forest (15-10)         28.31
  18  Arkansas (15-10)            23.22
  19  Florida State (21-6)        20.78
 T20  Kentucky (14-9)             19.83
 T20  Fresno State (22-6)         19.83
  22  Northwestern (18-4)         18.07
  23  Miami (FL) (18-9)           16.36
  24  New Mexico (21-5)           13.72
  25  Marquette (18-5)            13.43

1999 Pacific-10 Conference

Women's Tennis Final Standings

                     W L   PCT
1. Stanford          8 0 1.000
2. USC               7 1  .875
3. CALIFORNIA        6 2  .750
4. UCLA              5 3  .625
5. Arizona State     4 4  .500
6. Arizona           3 5  .375
7. Washington State  2 6  .250
8. Washington        1 7  .125
9. Oregon            0 8  .000
1999 Pacific-10 Conference
Women's Tennis All-Conference First and Second Team

First Team

Amanda Augustus      Cal
Teryn Ashley         Stanford
Marissa Irvin        Stanford
Annica Cooper        UCLA
Ditta Huber          USC
Kristina Kraszewski  Washington
Second Team
Amy Jensen           Cal
Anita Kurimay        Cal
Allison Bradshaw     Arizona State
Gabriela Lastra      Stanford
Erica Perkins        Washington State
Kara Warkentin       USC
1998-99 California Roster
Name                   Yr. Hometown/Last School
Amanda Augustus        Sr. Palos Verdes Estates/Palos Verdes Peninsula HS
Karoline Borgersen     Jr. Oslo, Norway/Pepperdine University
Claire Curran          Jr. Dublin, Ireland/Teresian HS
Amy Jensen            5Jr. Brisbane, Australia/Wake Forest
Anita Kurimay          So. Budapest, Hungary/Szilagyi Erzsebet Gymnasium
Francesca La'O         Sr. Manila, Philippines/De La Salle Zobel
Jenny Lee              Jr. San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS
Emeka Mayes            So. Montreal, Canada/Ecole Secondaire Jen XXIII
Lisa Swierniak         So. Belmont/Carlmont HS

Head Coach: Jan Brogan (21st Year) Assistant Coach: Kathy Toon Volunteer Assistant Coach: Melissa Gurney

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.


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