No. 4 Cal Takes on Boilermakers Before Road Trip
March 15, 1999
LAST HOME GAME BEFORE CAL HITS THE ROAD: The fourth-ranked California women's tennis team (9-0, 6-0 Pac-10) hosts No. 47 Purdue (4-4) in the first meeting between the Bears and the Boilermakers, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. After much home success, Cal will be tested on the road, as the team travels to southern California to visit No. 37 San Diego (9-6) and No. 27 San Diego State (10-4) in back-to-back matches. San Diego's key weapon is Zuzana Lesenarova, the No. 1 player in the country. The Bears lead the series with both schools, 20-2 over San Diego and 22-7 ahead of the Aztecs. Cal then heads to Malibu to face No. 12 Pepperdine next Tuesday during the Bears spring break
CAL ON A ROLL: The Bears have dominated the courts this season, with four sweeps including shutouts over No. 12 Arizona State and No. 24 Arizona, 9-0. Against Arizona, the Bears clinched five of the singles matches in straight-sets.
MARCH 9 RANKINGS: Cal held its No. 4 team ranking in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, with Florida, Duke and Georgia still respectively in the lead. Individually, the Bears made progress, with team leader Anita Kurimay jumping 11 spots up to No. 14. The team still boasts five Top 100 singles players and three doubles tandems in the Top 50. Amy Jensen improved 12 spaces to No. 39, having now returned to dual play. Karoline Borgersen also bettered her ranking to No. 56, up from No. 64. Amanda Augustus and Francesca La'O both lost ground, but Augustus fell by only three to No. 35 and La'O is now at No. 43 instead of No. 36. Cal also has three doubles tandems currently ranked on the ITA charts: No. 3 Augustus/Jensen; No. 23 Curran/Kurimay, who took a drop from No. 14, and Borgersen/Lee, whose standings leapt 13 positions to No. 36.
TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Amy Jensen recently recovered from illness, has returned to singles play after over a month. She takes over the No. 2 spot, vacated by an injured Anita Kurimay. Jensen took both her Arizona matches in straight-sets playing at No. 2. Head coach Jan Brogan has seen outstanding progress in walk-on player Jenny Lee. "She's the unsung hero," Brogan said after Lee hung on to a tight win at the No. 6 spot against Arizona and also took the win with teammate Karoline Borgersen in the No. 2 doubles match. Recently earning a singles position, Lee has won three of her four matches and is undefeated with Borgersen in doubles. Senior Francesca La'O boasts the best dual record on the team, with a perfect 9-0 mark.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: With just one loss in 27 matches, the Bears double teams are a force to be reckoned with. As of March 9, all three teams are ranked in the ITA Top 50. Defending NCAA champions Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen scored a major victory at Stanford, defeating national No. 2 team Teryn Ashley and Marissa Irvin. The No. 3-ranked duo won their second tournament title of the season Jan. 17 in the doubles final of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic.
THE COACHES: In her 21st season as the Bears head coach, Jan Brogan's dual match record of 385-153 (.716) 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.