No. 4 Cal Hosts UNLV
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/10/2004

Feb. 10, 2004

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WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 4 California women's tennis team looks to rebound, as they take on No. 38 UNLV at the Hellman Tennis Complex, on the UC Berkeley campus at 10:00 a.m. The Bears hope to bounce back, after a tough loss to No. 3 Georgia last weekend, 4-1.

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE BEARS' OPPONENT: UNLV enters the week currently sitting at, 3-0, on the season. The Lady Rebels are coming off an impressive, 6-1, victory over a rapidly improving Weber State club. The Rebels are led by Gyorgyi Zsiros, who has played on court No. 1 in all the Rebels duel meets this season. Cal is 2-1 all-time against UNLV, with their last meeting coming in 1997, where the Bears defeated the Rebels 6-3.

LUCKY 12?: The Bears have four athletes tied for the team lead with 12 victories on the year. Raquel Kops-Jones, Catherine Lynch, Nicole Havlicek and Jody Scheldt have all reached the 12-victory plateau, thus far, this season. Kops-Jones has the highest winning percentage of the four (12-1, .923), but also has two contest not recorded due to stoppage of play. Lynch is the hottest of the of Cal's super seniors winning six in a row and eight of nine.

FORMIDABLE FRESHMEN: Monica Wiesener has become a steady cog in Coach Brogan's machine early in her career. In just her first 10 matches as a collegiate, Wiesener has won eight matches and holds the second-best winning percentage (.800) of all the Bears. Flying under the radar of freshman-phenom Sasha Podkolzina, Wiesener has been able to comfortably assert herself on court No. 6 as a valuable point-winner for the Bears.

PREVIOUSLY: Cal is coming off a disappointing weekend, which saw them advance to the prestigious ITA Team Indoor semifinal and lose to No. 3 Georgia. The Bears made quick work of their opening round opponent BYU, who they blank 7-0, behind Schedt's 6-2, 6-1 victory over Lu Oswald. Cal then downed Texas A&M in the quarterfinals, thanks to Kops-Jone's commanding, 6-3, 6-4 win over Jessica Roland.

FLIPFLOPPING POLL: The Golden Bears dropped one spot in the current poll (Feb. 10) to No. 4, as Georgia moved from the fourth position to a second place tie with former No. 1 Florida. Stanford takes over the top spot in the poll, with their victory over Georgia in the ITA Indoor Championship final.

RANKED BEARS: Kops-Jones sits at No. 2 in the country, followed by No. 18 Podkolzina, No. 60 Scheldt, No. 83 Lynch and No. 100 Havlicek. Jieun Jacobs who entered the season at No. 27 in the region looks to also break into the national rankings soon after starting out the season 10-3. Jacobs ended 2003 rated No. 53 nationally.

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.