Bears Notch Wins in Fresno

Oct. 27-29, 2000

FRESNO, CA - The Cal women sent just two competitors to this weekend's Fresno State Bulldog Classic which was host 10 different schools in the 64 player tournament. Participating in the sixth annual Wathen/Hancock Classic were Loyola Marymount, Cal Poly, Pacific, Arizona, Nevada, Sacramento State, California, Santa Clara, St. Mary's, and San Jose State.

Cal freshman Raquel Kops-Jones and sophomore Morisa Yang competed in singles competition and teamed up to represent Cal in doubles. Both were seeded in singles and in doubles. Kops-Jones earned a No. 4 seed and Yang received a No. 7 seed in singles. In doubles, the tandem was seeded No. 3 in the 32-team bracket.

Together the duo reached the semifinals in doubles before losing to the eventual champions, Fresno State's Kim Niggemeyer and Simone Jardim 8-4. The two received a bye during the first round of 32 and faced LMU's Holli Freudenberg and Penka Fileva in the second round, who were knocked off 8-3. Arizona's Lindsay Blau and Perrine Pernin fell to the duo next 8-0 in the quarterfinals.

In singles competition, the two Cal players both grabbed some wins as Yang fell before reaching the quarterfinals, while Kops-Jones reached the semifinals of the Bulldog Classic.

No. 7 seeded Morisa Yang defeated LMU's Beatrice Sagaria-Rossi in the first round of singles competition 6-0, 6-1. Cal Poly's Angie Bagheri fell next to the sophomore 6-2, 6-1. Fresno State's Liesl Fichtbauer proved too much for Yang as she fell to the tournament finalist 6-2, 6-1 before reaching the quarterfinals.

Freshman Raquel Kops-Jones received a bye during the first round of singles competition as the No. 4 seed played her first match against Fresno State's Kelly Ramirez who fell to Kops-Jones 6-3, 6-0. Sophie Regnier (Arizona) and Ewa Grusiecka (Fresno State) were next to fall as Kops-Jones advanced to the semifinals defeating them 7-5, 7-5, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1, respectively. Falling short of a berth in the finals, she lost to Fresno State's Fichtbauer (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) who defeated Yang two rounds earlier.

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