Jan. 17, 2008
BEAR NOTES: The No. 6-ranked University of California women's tennis team will host the 2008 Cal Winter Invitational this Friday through Sunday (Jan. 18-20) at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Courts. In addition to the Golden Bears, the three-day event includes No. 14 Fresno State, No. 57 St. Mary's, and No. 66 Nevada.
Eight players playing in the Winter Invitational are ranked by the ITA singles preseason rankings, with the Bears' No. 10 Susie Babos holding the highest ranking. The other seven players include No. 11 Anastasia Petukhova (Fresno State), No. 31 Bojana Bobusic (California), No. 39 Melanie Gloria (Fresno State), No. 48 Maria Mizyuk (Nevada), No. 52 Marion Ravelojaona (California), No. 54 Cristina Visco (California), and No. 94 Renata Kucerkova (Fresno State).
Babos compiled a 12-3 record in fall tournaments on her way to claiming her second consecutive Riviera All-American Championship title. Babos became only the fourth player to win back-to-back All-American Championship crowns and ran her national championship total to three including her 2006 NCAA singles title.
Junior Bojana Bobusic's No. 31 ranking is a career-high in the polls for her after nabbing a team-high 14 wins in tournament play during the fall. Seniors Marion Ravelojaona and Cristina Visico are ranked No. 52 and No. 54 respectively heading into dual match play. Visico reached the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship final and compiled a 7-5 overall record in the fall. Among doubles teams, seniors Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano hold the No. 36 national ranking.
Following the Winter Invitational, the Bears will open dual-match play on the road at Long Beach State (Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m.) and at Pepperdine (Jan. 27, 12 p.m.). Cal's first home dual matches will be on Sunday, Feb. 3 against San Francisco at 10 a.m. followed by UC Davis at 2 p.m.
FALL 2007 TOURNAMENTS: The Golden Bears enjoyed a successful fall individual tournament season, going 71-38 in singles play and emerging with a 22-17 doubles record. Senior Susie Babos entered the fall ranked No. 4 nationally and claimed her second consecutive All-American Championship crown. Senior Cristina Visico advanced to the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship singles final and freshman Marina Cossou won the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational.
HOLDING COURT - NO. 14 FRESNO STATE: The Bears are not unfamiliar with this weekends' opponents having faced No. 14 Fresno State 34 times, emerging from those encounters with a 31-3 overall dual record. The last time the two teams met in 2006 however, the Bulldogs took one of those three victories with a 4-3 score. The Bears have also met the Bulldogs on an individual basis throughout fall tournaments, including several key matches at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship. Cal also hosted Fresno State in its fall Invitational tournament sponsored by Nike.
The Bulldogs are led into spring play by No. 11-ranked sophomore Anastasia Petukhova. Petukhova won the 2007 Fresno State Bulldog Classic singles title and defeated then No. 4 ranked Susie Babos at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship on her way to a 13-2 fall tournament singles record. The Bears have also faced No. 39 Melanie Gloria, No. 42 Tinesta Rowe and No. 94 Renata Kucerkova in fall tournaments, coming away with a 6-3 record in singles play against the Bulldogs. Fresno State's roster also holds the nation's top ITA doubles team in Tinesta Rowe and Melanie Gloria.
HOLDING COURT - NO. 57 ST. MARY'S: Cal has faced St. Mary's five times and hold a perfect 5-0 all-time record against the Gaels. In 2006, the last meeting between the two schools, the Bears took a 7-0 win in dual play. As guests at the 2007 St. Mary's Invitational, the Bears also faced many Gaels in individual tournament matches this fall. Facing Marah Calvo, Jessica Hoath, Stef Ordoveza, Erin Young, Bears took a 4-2 record out of the fall against Gaels.
HOLDING COURT - NO. 66 NEVADA: The Bears have only faced Nevada twice but own victories in both of those meetings, most recently claiming a 6-1 win in a 2002 dual match. The Wolfpack is led by a freshman phenom in No. 48 Maria Mizyuk, who compiled a 10-3 singles record in fall tournaments. Mizyuk is also one half of the No. 32 ranked doubles team when she joins junior Caroline Bailly on the court. Facing Bailly, Auddrey Bardot and Alice Hall in fall tournaments, the Bears went 3-0 in singles matches against players from Nevada.
HEAD COACH Amanda Augustus: As one of Cal tennis' most successful players, Amanda Augustus returned to her alma mater in July of 2007 to succeed her college coach Jan Brogan, who announced her retirement, after 29 years at the helm. Augustus came to the Bears from Michigan where she guided her team to a 17-8 overall record in 2006-07. The Wolverines reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, completing its season with a No. 22 national ranking. A four-time All-American at Cal from 1996-99, Augustus played professionally on the Women's Tennis Association tour for several years before turning her efforts to coaching. As a player for the Bears, she earned All-Pac-10 honors each of her four years, including first-team recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior. She teamed with Amy Jensen to capture the NCAA doubles titles in both 1998 and 1999 to become the first tandem ever to win back-to-back championships.
2006-07 SEASON RECAP: The Golden Bears completed the 2006-07 dual campaign with a flurry of postseason victories to advance to the national semifinal match at the NCAA Championships, falling to eventual NCAA Champion Georgia Tech. Cal finished with a No. 5 ranking after posting a 23-7 overall record, going 5-3 in Pac-10 Conference play, tied for fourth place with Arizona State. At one point, the Bears ripped off an 11-match winning streak that included victories over No. 9 Northwestern, No. 18 Pepperdine and No. 19 Arizona State. As a junior, Susie Babos earned her second All-American honors in both singles and doubles along with senior Zsuzsanna Fodor. Babos and Fodor were also each selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team and named the 2007 Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year. Freshman Nina Henkel was selected as an All-American in singles and also received All-Pac-10 Second Team honors.
Schedule of Play
Each day will feature eight singles matches followed by eight doubles matches and finish with eight more singles matches.
FRIDAY, JAN. 18
8:30 a.m. - Warm-up courts available at Hellman Complex Cal (courts 1, 2, and 3), Nevada (courts 4, 5, and 6)
9:30 a.m. - Singles: Cal vs. Nevada (6 matches at Hellman, 2 at Channing)
9:30 a.m. - Warm-up courts available at Channing Fresno State (courts 4, 5, and 6), St. Mary's (courts 7, 8, and 9)
11:45 a.m. - Doubles: Cal vs. St. Mary's at Hellman Complex (4 matches) Nevada vs. Fresno State at Channing Courts (4 matches)
1:15 p.m. - Singles: St. Mary's vs. Fresno State (6 matches at Hellman, 2 at Channing)
SATURDAY, JAN. 19
9:30 a.m. - Singles: St. Mary's vs. Nevada
11:45 a.m. - Doubles: Cal vs. Nevada at Hellman, St. Mary's vs. Fresno State at Channing
1:15 p.m. - Singles: Cal vs. Fresno State
SUNDAY, JAN. 20
9:30 a.m. - Singles: Fresno State vs. Nevada
11:45 a.m. - Doubles: Cal vs. Fresno State at Hellman, Nevada vs. St. Mary's at Channing
1:15 p.m. - Singles: Cal vs. St. Mary's
Warm-up schedule and court assignments follow the same Friday structure on Saturday and Sunday.
Format of Play
Each team will play three rounds of doubles and three rounds of singles. There will be eight flights in singles and four flights in doubles. Each day will consist of eight doubles matches and 16 singles matches. The third set will be played to completion in singles matches. Points will be allotted for each win based on the following decreasing point value ladder to determine a singles and doubles champion at the end of the weekend.
Win at No. 1 position -- 8 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 7 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 6 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 5 points
Win at No. 5 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 6 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 7 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 8 position -- 1 point
Results will be posted on TennisInformation.com under tournament #5179877 following each day of completed competition. Participating SID's and interested media members may also have results e-mailed to them by contacting California media relations director Jeremy Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 643-2938.