May 14, 2008
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2008 regional award winners this week. California women's tennis senior Susie Babos was named the 2008 ITA Northwest Region Senior Player of the Year. Babos becomes the sixth Golden Bear to receive regional senior player of the year honors and the first since Raquel Kops-Jones in 2004. Regional awards winners are eligible for national honors to be announced on Tuesday, May 20. Other Regional Senior Player of the Year honorees from Cal includes Jennifer Poulos (1995), Lisa Albano (1992), Karen Shin (1989) and Jennifer Prah (1988).
Babos is a three-time singles National Champion and has four All-American selections to her name; twice each for singles and doubles. She is one of only four players in collegiate women's tennis history to claim the All-American Championships singles title in back-to-back years and owns the distinction as Cal's only NCAA Singles Champion, taking the crown as a sophomore in 2006.
This season, Babos has helped lead the Bears to an unprecedented 27th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships as a team. She completed her senior dual season with an 11-10 record while facing the toughest players in the country on the top court for Cal and currently holds a 25-16 overall mark on the singles court as the No. 20-ranked player in the nation.
As a doubles player, Babos earned 2007 Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors with partner Zsuzsanna Fodor and is currently ranked No. 12 in the country with fellow senior Stephanie Kusano. Her career record on the singles court is a remarkable 127-51 for a winning percentage of .713 lifetime. Babos is also two doubles wins from reaching the 100-win mark.
Matching her achievements on the court with achievements in the classroom, Babos earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention status last season as a junior. As a senior, Babos was named one of the winners of the prestigious Pacific-10 Conference Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Babos will be making her fourth appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship and third in the Doubles Championship following the conclusion of the team championship and will complete her career at Cal as one of the most successful and decorated players in program history.
For a complete list of the 2008 ITA Regional Awards announced this week, please visit www.itatennis.com/awards