Women's Tennis Hosts No. 10 USC, No. 6 UCLA
March 29, 1999
CAL FACES TOP TEAMS: The fourth-ranked California women's tennis team (11-2, 6-0 Pac-10) returns home this weekend to contend with Pac-10 opponents No. 10 USC and No. 6 UCLA. In Cal's matchup against USC Friday, April 2, both teams will battle to maintain perfect conference records. The Trojans (13-5, 3-0 Pac-10), who lead the series 19-16, have three ITA-ranked singles players, and the nation's No. 17 doubles pair. The Bears face another formidable opponent April 3 in their 40th meeting with UCLA (14-3, 2-1). The Bruins top threats are No. 11th-ranked Cristina Popescu and the No. 6-ranked tandem of Amanda Basica and Annica Cooper. UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal 22-17. Both matches will be played at Berkeley's Hellman Tennis Center.
ROAD TRIP BRINGS BEARS FIRST LOSSES: Cal lost its 10-game winning streak, as the team dropped its first dual matches of the season during Spring Break. The Bears suffered their first loss at San Diego March 19. The No. 37 Toreros 5-4 defeated of Cal was only the Bears third loss in 23 meetings vs. USD. Cal redeemed itself with a 6-3 win over No. 27 San Diego State the next day, but fell again versus No. 12 Pepperdine during its final match of the road trip. Leading 4-2 after winning the No. 1-4 spots of the singles portion, the Waves held off a Cal doubles sweep with a win at the No. 2 doubles position against Bears Anita Kurimay and Claire Curran.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Despite recent setbacks, the Bears maintain strong records. Senior Francesca La'O and junior Claire Curran have each won 10 of their total 13 and 11 respective matches. Curran, who has just one loss on the season, was the only Cal player to win all three of her matches on the last road trip. Junior Amy Jensen, 8-2, had a perfect dual record until a loss at the No. 2 spot against San Diego. She also fell at No. 3 to Pepperdine, although she did pick up a win versus San Diego State. Doubles pair Borgersen/Lee managed to maintain an untarnished 11-0 record through the weekend, while defending NCAA doubles champions Augustus/Jensen snapped out of a three-match losing streak with a win against Pepperdine's No. 12 ranked Lawrence/Senoglu.
CAL STEADY IN MARCH 23 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. The Bears currently boast five ranked singles players and three Top 50 doubles teams. Anita Kurimay leads the team with her No. 15 standing. Amanda Augustus improves three spots to No. 32, while Amy Jensen is just behind at No. 41. Francesca La'O just makes the Top 50 at No. 49, and Karoline Borgersen is still at No. 56. Bears top doubles duo Augustus/Jensen have slipped one slot to No. 4 after dropping recent matches, while Curran/Kurimay's remain No. 23 in the country. Cal earns its third ranking in the doubles field with No. 45 pair Borgersen/Lee.
THE COACHES: In her 21st season as the Bears head coach, Jan Brogan's dual match record of 387-155 (.714) 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 starts her Cal coaching career as a volunteer assistant.