No. 6 Bears Travel to No. 1 Stanford
Feb. 20, 2001
BEARS SEASON IN REVIEW: Starting off dual competition in January, the No. 6-ranked California women's tennis team (4-1, 2-1 in Pac-10) started their dual season in Oregon, where the Bears handed the ducks a 6-1 loss. Coming home, Jan. 26-27 to host Washington and Washington State, Cal split their dual home opener. In their matchup with the Huskies, the Bears fell, 4-3, despite having a more powerful squad. Cal, which boasts perennially powerful doubles tandems, could not grab the doubles point against Washington. Against the Cougars, the Bears rebounded with a 5-2 victory at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Cal traveled to San Diego State and the University of San Diego two weeks later, Feb. 9-10. The Bears lost only one singles point in both contests, grabbing 6-1 victories in both matches. In San Diego, not one winning singles player dropped a set to their opponent. Apart from co-captains senior Anita Kurimay and sophomore Christina Fusano, the Bears have taken advantage of their strong freshman class, rotating five freshmen in singles and doubles during the last four contests.
BEARS SWEEP IN SAN DIEGO: The Bears defeated San Diego State, 6-1, Feb. 9, before traveling to USD (3-2) and winning a convincing 6-1 victory. The two matches over the weekend were very similar, with Cal losing only one singles point, while not dropping a set to their competition in all winning singles matches for both contests. Against USD in doubles, the Bears lost at the No. 1 spot, yet managed to grab the doubles point. Senior Anita Kurimay teamed with freshman Raquel Kops-Jones, yet the duo was handed an 8-5 loss. In singles, Raquel Kops-Jones held down the No. 1 spot, downing Katarina Valkyora (6-2, 6-0), while four other singles players won without dropping a set to USD opponents. The only loss of the day came at No. 4, where freshman Catherine Lynch fell to Anja Tragardh.
A LOOK AT NO. 1 STANFORD: The No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal (10-0) edged second-ranked Georgia (5-1) 4-3 to capture the title at the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Tennis Championships on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the University of Wisconsin's A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The win also avenged Stanford's 4-3 loss to Georgia in the 2000 NCAA Championship Match. The Cardinal has now won 58 of its last 59 matches dating back to 1999. The loss toGeorgia in last year's NCAA final snapped a 48-match win streak. At No. 1 singles, the No. 3-ranked singles player Laura Granville lost to Georgia's Venkatesan, snapping Granville's 58-match win streak. On Saturday, Feb. 17, Granville broke Stanford's Patty Fendick-McCain's NCAA Division I record with her 58th straight win. After hosting Cal, Feb. 24, Stanford will host four more matches at home through March 10.
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.