Women's Tennis Opens Dual Season at Oregon.
Jan. 16, 2001
BEARS OPEN DUAL MATCH SEASON: With the fall season under its belt, the No. 5-ranked Cal women's tennis team takes to the courts this weekend to continue their quest for a national championship. The Bears kick off the dual match season at the University of Oregon, Sunday, Jan. 21, at 1:30 p.m. Next week, the Bears host the No. 26-ranked Washington Huskies, Friday, Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m., before playing Washington State on Saturday, Jan. 27, in a 12 noon matchup at the Hellman Tennis Courts.
A LOOK AT OREGON: First up for the Bears this week are the No. 54-ranked Oregon Ducks. Last year, the Bears opened dual match play at the Hellman Tennis Courts against the Ducks and grabbed their first win with a 7-2 victory. The Ducks open up dual match play this week against Stanford, Saturday, Jan. 20, after making an appearance at the Pac-10 Indoor championships this past weekend. Sophomore Monika Gieczys leads the Ducks, as the Sopot, Poland, native advanced to the round of 16 of the ITA Regional championships in November.
PAC-10 INDOORS IN REVIEW: The Bears started off 2001 at the Pac-10 Indoor championships in Seattle. Sophomore Christina Fusano won the Flight II title by defeating players from Washington, Washington State, Oregon and UCLA. After losing in the first round of the Flight III bracket, freshman Catherine Lynch went on to defeat players from Oregon and Washington to capture the back draw championship. In doubles, freshmen Sekita Grant and Raquel Kops-Jones teamed to win three matches before falling in the Flight II title match to a duo from Washington State.
1999-2000 SEASON IN REVIEW: Advancing to their second consecutive appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA women's tennis championships, the Bears finished the season with a No. 4 ranking and a 21-7 record. Senior Amy Jensen went down in history as the only player ever to win three consecutive doubles championships. Jensen teamed with senior Claire Curran to capture the prestigious ITA Rolex Indoor crown in February, and they were ranked the nation's top doubles duo during the month of February. Junior Anita Kurimay ranked a season-high No. 18 in the nation at the end of the year, and her 17-5 dual match record was tops on the team. The Bears notched the highest number of wins in 10 years with 21. The Bears rounded out the regular season 17-6 overall and 6-2 in Pac-10 play, good enough for second in the conference.
FALL 2000 IN REVIEW: The Bears saw early progress in the freshmen, as Nicole Havlicek won the back draw championship at the Thunderbird Invite, while Raquel Kops-Jones advanced to the back draw semifinals of the ITA All-American championships and the semifinals of the Fresno State Invite. At the St. Mary's Invitational, freshman Sekita Grant won the back draw championship, and teaming up with Morisa Yang, saw another championship as the duo won the doubles title. The ITA Regional Championships were last on the fall schedule, as Havlicek and freshman Jieun Jacobs defeated a Washington team in the quarters before falling to the No. 2 duo from Stanford. In singles. Kops-Jones earned a No. 38 ranking at the end of the fall, while senior Anita Kurimay, the team's No. 1 singles player, sat out a majority of fall cometition due to severe shin splints, playing in her first match at the ITA Regional Championships in doubles. The Bears finished the fall ranked No. 5.
HEAD COACH JAN BROGAN: Jan Brogan is in her 23rd season at the helm of the California women's tennis team. The most successful coach in Cal tennis history and the winningest female coach in NCAA tennis history, Brogan surpassed the 400-win plateau this last year and has established a career dual match record of 417-165 (.716) during her tenure with the Bears. The U.S. women's head coach at the 1995 World University Games and National Coach of the Year in 1990, Brogan has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country, guiding the Bears to 19 NCAA appearances and 17 Top 10 finishes since 1982. Brogan has also produced a pair of national champion doubles teams, 47 All-Americans, 14 first team All-Pac-10 selections and three conference player of the year honorees during her career.