Cal Women Head to Seattle for Pac-10 Indoor Championships
Jan. 11, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The Cal women's team opens the 2001 season in Seattle, Washington for the Pac-10 Indoor championships. The tournament, which takes place Jan. 12-14, will prove extremely competitive, as four Pac-10 schools (Cal, Stanford, ASU and UCLA) rank in the top 10 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Senior Anita Kurimay will lead the Bears into 2001 as she has recovered from minor shin splints which forced her to sit out a majority of the fall campaign. Only able to compete in a few doubles matches during the fall, the all-american from Budapest, Hungary, intends on getting the Bears past their semifinal appearance at the NCAA championships last year.
Cal's team is also boosted by freshman, Raquel Kops-Jones. The No. 38-ranked singles player by the ITA, Kops-Jones, will make an immediate impact on the team. In the fall, Kops-Jones teamed up with sophomore Morisa Yang, as the duo reached the semifinals of the Fresno State Invitational. Kops-Jones saw more action in singles competition as she advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.
In doubles, the tandem of freshmen Nicole Havlicek and Jieun Jacobs advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Regionals in November, establishing themselves as the No. 17-ranked duo by the ITA. Sophomore Morisa Yang and freshman Sekita Grant will add depth in doubles as the No. 42-ranked duo won the doubles championship at the Saint Mary's Invitational in October.
Last year at the Pac-10 Indoors, senior Karoline Borgersen advanced to the Flight I consolation championship, only to fall to Sara Walker of UCLA, 7-5, 6-2.
Cal opens up dual match play at No. 54 Oregon, Jan. 19 (1:30 p.m.), before hosting No. 26 Washington and No. 62 Washington State at the Hellman Tennis Courts, Jan. 26-27.