May 12, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California women's tennis senior Jana Juricova headlined a group of four Golden Bears who received All-Pac-12 honors on Friday, May 11. The fourth-year Golden Bear became the first player in program history to earn four first-team all-conference selections. She was joined on the first team by freshman Zsofi Susanyi. Sophomore Anett Schutting was named to the second team and junior Annie Goransson received all-conference honorable mention.
Juricova becomes only the fourth Bear to receive all-conference honors in each of her four years on campus. She joins Susie Babos, who did it most recently (2005-08), Raquel Kops-Jones (2001-04), and head coach Amanda Augustus (1996-99). Juricova was previously part of a small group of five Cal players who had received Pac-12 first-team honors at least three times (Babos; Augustus; Karen Shin, 1987-89; and Pam Nelson, 1993-95), but is now the only player ever to be honored with first-team selections four times.
One of the most decorated players in Cal women's tennis history, Juricova was named the 2011 ITA National Player of the Year after winning the NCAA singles championship. She was also honored as the 2011 Honda Sports Award winner and has been selected for ITA All-America honors five times in her illustrious career; three times for singles and twice in doubles.
As a freshman, Juricova logged 39 singles wins and claimed the 2009 NCAA doubles championship with partner Mari Andersson. She was named the Pac-10's Freshman of the Year and was dubbed the ITA's Northwest Region Rookie of the Year. In her sophomore year, she became Cal's first-ever ITA indoor singles champion and was the NCAA singles runner-up. As a junior, she and Andersson teamed to win the Pac-10 doubles crown and were named the conference's Doubles Team of the Year.
Juricova is a two-time Pac-12 all-academic first-team honoree. Over her four-year career, she has amassed over 150 singles wins and 140 doubles victories for the Bears, and has held the top singles and doubles rankings for many weeks.
Susanyi is enjoying an impressive first year on campus and is tied for team-high honors with a 34-7 singles record. She has been ranked as high as No. 13 in singles and reached No. 15 in doubles with Juricova. In doubles play, she is 27-7. In the fall, she advanced to the singles round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championship and claimed the singles title at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.
Schutting is tied for the team lead with 34 singles wins with a 34-10 record, this year. She has also amassed 34 doubles victories. She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 30 after finishing as the Pac-12's runner-up for the singles crown. She is also 30-5 in doubles matches with Goransson. The pair is ranked fifth.
Goransson receives her first all-conference recognition tied with Susanyi for the team's best record at 34-7. She was a Pac-12 all-academic honoree as a sophomore and has logged over 100 singles wins and 90 doubles victories in her three-year career.
In a vote by the league's 11 head coaches, Stanford sophomore Nicole Gibbs was named the Pac-12's Singles Player of the Year. USC's team of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria was voted the conference's Doubles Team of the Year while UCLA's Robin Anderson was awarded Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. Washington State head coach Lisa Hart received Coach of the Year honors.