May 17, 2012
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its regional postseason awards on Tuesday, May 15, and honored three California women's tennis players and the Golden Bears' associate head coach. Senior Jana Juricova was selected as the Northwest Region's Senior Player of the Year; the eighth Cal player to receive the honor.
Juricova is the first player to earn the award since Susie Babos received it in 2008. Sophomore Anett Schutting was honored as the region's Player to Watch and follows on the heels of Cal All-American Mari Andersson who won it in 2009. Schutting is the fourth Bear to receive the Player to Watch honor.
Freshman Zsofi Susanyi received regional Rookie of the Year honors and became the sixth Cal player to be so dubbed. Juricova was the regional Rookie of the Year in 2009 and Babos earned it in 2005. Associate Head Coach Cordell Ho earned Cal's fifth regional Assistant Coach of the Year award; the first since Amy Jensen earned it in 2004 and 2006. All award winners are now eligible to be selected for national recognition.
Juricova is currently the eighth-ranked singles player in the country and is the defending NCAA singles champion. She has collected 26 solo wins, this season, and is poised for another deep run into the NCAA championships.
Schutting and Susanyi share the team lead with 35 singles wins. Schutting is currently ranked No. 30 and Susanyi is No. 13. Both players have been instrumental in Cal's successes in duals, this year and are each part of highly-ranked doubles teams.
In his 15th season with the Cal tennis programs, Ho has been instrumental as the team's associate head coach in guiding two of the most successful squads in Bear history; 2008 and 2009. He was the on-court coach for Babos when she earned Cal's first-ever NCAA singles title in 2006 and also played an integral role as Juricova and Andersson claimed the 2009 NCAA doubles championship.
The ninth-seeded Bears (19-6) face No. 26 Georgia Tech (16-11) in the round of 16 of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Thursday, May 17, at 6 a.m. PT (9 a.m. local). Please visit www.NCAA.com for more information.