No. 5 Bears Travel to San Diego
Feb. 5, 2001
BEARS SPLIT DUAL HOME OPENER: The Bears kicked off the dual match season at No. 54-ranked Oregon, Jan. 21, where Cal grabbed a convincing 6-1 victory. Next, the Bears fell to the No. 26-ranked Washington Huskies, 4-3, on Jan. 26, in their dual home opener, before defeating No. 62-ranked Washington State, 5-2, on Jan. 27, at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Against Washington, the Bears won only three singles points, yet rebounded against Washington State, winning all three doubles matches and four singles points.
A LOOK AT SAN DIEGO STATE: First up for the Bears this week are the No. 27-ranked San Diego State Aztecs. The Aztecs opened up dual match play at home against Pacific, Jan. 27, where they notched a 7-0 shutout. Next, San Diego State defeated Rice at home, Jan. 28, with another 7-0 shutout. Last year, the Bears capped off a five game winning streak at San Diego State, March 24, where Cal grabbed a 7-2 victory, improving its record to 12-3 (3-0 in the Pac-10).
A LOOK AT USD: The University of San Diego Toreros (No. 74) host the Bears after going 2-1 to open the 2001 season. The Toreros opened up dual match play with a 6-0 victory over the U.S. International Team, Jan. 18. USD split its next two road contests, losing Jan. 20, at No. 7-ranked Arizona State, 7-0, before grabbing a 4-3 victory over No. 55-ranked UNLV, Jan. 27. The Toreros host UC Riverside at home, Feb. 6, before meeting with the Bears at the USD West Tennis Courts.
WASHINGTON IN REVIEW: Cal lost a close match, 4-3, to Washington, Jan. 26. In singles, Cal managed three points as Christina Fusano grabbed the No. 2 point, freshman Jieun Jacobs took charge at the No. 3 spot and freshman Sekita Grant held down the No. 6 spot. The No. 1 player, freshman Raquel Kops-Jones, could not keep her rhythm going after winning the first set over Kristina Kraszewski, as Kops-Jones dropped the next two sets. In doubles, the Bears could not grab a point, as they dropped all three matches.
WASHINGTON STATE IN REVIEW: Cal grabbed a 5-2 victory over No. 62-ranked Washington, Jan. 27, at Hellman Tennis Courts. The Bears gained an early boost of confidence as all three doubles tandems walked away with victories. In singles, Nicole Havlicek and Sekita Grant made quick work of their opponents at the No. 5 and 6 spots, respectively. Jieun Jacobs won at No. 3, defeating Zovana Rogovovic in a tough two-set match, 7-5, 6-3. Co-captain Christina Fusano, rallied for a victory over Ana Moura at the No. 2 spot, while Raquel Kops-Jones fell in her second singles match of the weekend at No. 1.
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.