Cal Women Down Oregon in Dual Opener

Jan. 21, 2001

EUGENE, OR - The Bears began dual match play in Eugene, as the No. 5-ranked Cal women's tennis team handily defeated the Oregon Ducks, 6-1, in the dual opener. Freshman standout Raquel Kops-Jones took the No. 1 spot for the Bears, defeating Jeannette Mattsson, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Kops-Jones will be holding down the top spot for Cal, as senior Anita Kurimay, returning all-american, is recovering from leg surgery and will likely compete in doubles in next week's match-up against Washington, Jan. 26.

In the No. 2 through No. 4 singles match-ups, the Bears defeated Oregon players in straight sets as sophomore Christina Fusano defeated Janice Nyland (6-1, 6-4), freshman Jieun Jacobs defeated Monika Gieczys (6-2, 6-3) and freshman Catherine Lynch downed Adeline Arnaud (6-2, 6-2), respectively. Freshman Sekita Grant grabbed her first dual win in a three set match, as Grant defeated Vickie Gunnarsson, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Cal recorded their only loss of the day at the No. 6 spot, as senior Lisa Swierniak fell to Davina Mendiburu, 6-2, 6-4.

The Bears three doubles tandems played solidly, as Oregon could not render a victory on the day. At the No. 1 spot, freshmen Nicole Havlicek and Jieun Jacobs defeated Monika Gieczys and Courtney Nagle in a 9-8 (8-6) tiebreaker match. At No. 2, Fusano teamed with Lynch to defeat Davina Mendiburu and Janice Nyland, 9-7, while Kops-Jones and Grant rounded off doubles with a victory at No. 3, over Adeline Arnaud and Jeannette Mattsson, 8-3.

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.

Final Results:

Singles1.Raquel Kops-Jones, Cal, def. Jeannette Mattsson, UO, 6-1, 3-6, 6-42. Chrisina Fusano, Cal, def. Janice Nyland, UO, 6-1, 6-43. Jieun Jacobs, Cal, def. Monika Gieczys, UO, 6-2, 6-34. Catherine Lynch, Cal, def. Adeline Arnaud, UO, 6-2, 6-25. Sekita Grant, Cal, def. Vickie Gunnarsson, UO, 6-2, 4-6, 6-06. Davina Mendiburu, UO, def. Lisa Swierkiak, Cal, 6-2, 6-4

Doubles1.Nicole Havlicek/Jacobs, Cal, def. Gieczys/Courtney Nagle, UO, 9-8 (8-6)2. Fusano/Lynch, Cal, def. Mendiburu/Nyland, UO, 9-73. Kops-Jones/Grant, Cal, def. Arnaud/Mattsson, UO, 8-3

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