No. 10 Cal Hosts No. 8 ASU and No. 23 Arizona
March 6, 2001
PEPPERDINE IN REVIEW: The Cal women's tennis team (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) made significant lineup changes in singles against No. 9 Pepperdine, Mar. 2, moving sophomore co-captain Christina Fusano into the top spot for the first time, matching her up with No. 20-ranked Ipek Senoglu. Fusano wore Senoglu down, forcing her to make unforced errors and fall behind early in the match. Fusano took every advantage, downing Senoglu in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, and took the first singles point of the afternoon, setting the tone for the Bears. Raquel Kops-Jones played at the No. 2 spot for the Bears, yet could not top Paola Palencia, losing 6-1, 1-6, 6-1. Senior Anita Kurimay made her first appearance at the No. 3 spot for the Bears, in this her second singles match of the season. Kurimay struggled in the second set, yet rebounded to knock out Cintia Tortorella, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Jieun Jacobs and Catherine Lynch tallied wins at No. 4 and 5, while Nicole Havlicek dropped a point at the No. 6 spot. Doubles were not played after Cal won four singles points.
A LOOK AT ASU: The No. 8-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (9-1, 3-1 Pac-10) are coming off a 7-0 shutout of Furman University at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center, March 1. The Sun Devils are 7-0 at home this year, and are led by No. 35-ranked sophomore Adria Engel and No. 45-ranked Megan Yeats, who leads the team with a 17-4 overall record. After visiting Berkeley, ASU will travel to Stanford, March 10.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA: The No. 23-ranked Arizona Wildcats (5-3, 1-3 Pac-10). No. 59-ranked Michelle Gough, who will hold down No. 1, has gone 4-3 in dual match play. Debbie Larocque has gone 6-1 at No. 2 and has compiled a 20-5 record this year. The Wildcats are coming off a recent homestand which saw them go 5-1 with wins against teams such as No. 54 Oregon and No. 48 New Mexico. Since 1985, Cal holds a 22-8 advantage over the Wildcats. Cal has won six in a row over the Cats. Arizona last defeated California on April 12, 1997, 5-1.
BEAR FACTS: This week against ASU and Arizona, the Bears will play their third match of a 7-game homestand that will last through March 24, when Cal will host Northwestern at 12 noon. The Bears started off the homestand with a 4-2 victory over No.9-ranked Pepperdine, March 2. Except for a match at Fresno State, March 26, the Bears will have played every match of the month at Hellman Tennis Courts.
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 competition 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.