Bears Begin Road Two-Step Today in Texas

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While the No. 7 Cal women's tennis team (9-2, 2-0 in the Pac-10) has proven its successful streak in home matches, the same cannot be said for matches on the road.

Last Saturday, the Bears fell to No. 13 Stanford at the Taube Family Tennis Center. But Cal was quick to comeback, beating No. 5 Baylor at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley.

Today, the Cal women's tennis team will try to snatch a win in Austin, Texas, where the Bears face the Longhorns (5-4, 1-0 in the Big 12) at 1:30 p.m at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. From there, Cal heads to Tempe, Ariz., where it will match up against No. 14 Arizona State (8-1, 3-0) in an 11 a.m. match on Sunday, March 15.

"I think it will be a challenge this weekend against Texas and ASU," coach Amanda Augustus said. "They are both well-coached teams. It will be good for us to see some different opponents to see how we're doing."

The Bears will be coming off a victorious weekend against the Lady Bears. While Cal got off to a rough start by surrendering the doubles point, it was quick to bounce back to snatch the match point in singles.

"We will have a practice to work on doubles and hopefully we will have it right for (today)," Augustus said.

The injured top-ranked sophomore Marina Cossou is still out with a hurt foot, though she seems to be getting better as time progresses.

"Marina is improving still," Augustus said. "It is unlikely she'll play this weekend, but she is doing more and more each day."

Since Cossou has been in recovery, freshman Stephany Chang has clinched two matches, including the Baylor one last week.

Augustus hopes the Bears will continue pushing themselves even when they fall behind like last Tuesday against the Lady Bears.

"(On Tuesday) the team took a big step forward," Augustus said. "This is a pretty motivated group. It will be good to be pushed this weekend."


Contact Lauren Bachelis at [email protected]

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