April 16, 2012
BERKELEY - The 10th-ranked California women's tennis team (16-5, 8-1 Pac-12) welcomes No. 53 Fresno State to the Hellman Tennis Complex for its final regular-season home dual on Tuesday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. PT. The Golden Bears will honor the careers of seniors Stephany Chang, Jana Juricova, and Catalina Visico in pre-match Senior Day ceremonies.
Though Cal had its incredible 10-match winning streak snapped over the weekend, the Bears are in prime position to claim at least a share of the first-ever Pac-12 championship. Cal, UCLA, and USC are each tied for the top spot in the league standings with 8-1 records. Stanford is 7-1 and will have to face Washington State to help determine the conference's champion.
The Bears toppled No. 1-ranked UCLA and put the only blemish on the Bruins' record with a 4-3 victory on Friday afternoon. A tough USC squad came in, the next day, and fought back after Cal claimed the doubles point to force the Bears to stumble in a 4-3 loss.
Cal's lineup is chock full of ranked players topped by No. 8 Juricova. Freshman Zsofi Susanyi leads the team with 31 singles wins, this season, and is ranked No. 12 in the nation. No. 55-ranked junior Tayler Davis is the team's captain, and is one of seven Bears with over 20 singles wins. Sophomore Anett Schutting ranks 81st in the country and is followed by 99th-ranked junior Annie Goransson who holds the squads longest current singles winning streak at 11 consecutive matches.
In doubles, Goransson and Schutting are ranked No. 17 as a pair and have won 10 straight matches dating back to March 3. At the top court, the Bears' 43rd-ranked team of Juricova and Susanyi are undefeated in nine matches. They are 15-1 overall and have won 12 straight matches.
The Bulldogs opened the year with three straight losses, and went 2-5 in their first seven outings, but went on a six-match win streak and won eight of their next nine duals. Fresno State is coming off a 4-3 win over Florida International on April 6. The Dogs were supposed to face Pacific on Friday (April 13), but the match was cancelled due to rain.
39th-ranked sophomore Marianne Jodoin leads the Bulldogs into action. She has received the Western Athletic Conference's Player of the Week award seven times, this season; nine times in her career. In fact, a Fresno State player has been named Player of the Week on 12 out of the 14 weeks, this year.
The Bears are 6-4 in their last 10 matches against the Bulldogs, but Fresno State has won three of those four matches at Hellman Tennis Complex where it has experienced recent success.
Following the Tuesday-afternoon matinee against the Bulldogs, Cal will head to Stanford for its regular-season finale on Saturday, April 21. The Bears and the Cardinal will take the courts at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium for a noon PT dual. Please visit CalBears.com for more information.