No. 8 Women's Tennis Hosts No. 8 Northwestern
March 20, 2001
SOUTH ALABAMA IN REVIEW: Last week, the No. 8-ranked women's tennis team (10-2, 4-2 Pac-10) finished a three-match series at home, coming away with three victories, including a shutout of Purdue, 7-0, on March 14, a 5-2 victory over No. 5-ranked Texas on March 16, and a 5-2 victory over the No. 11-ranked South Alabama Jaguars on March 18. Cal increases its win streak to six with the victory. Against the Jaguars, Cal was led in singles by Anita Kurimay, who recovered from a straight-set loss against Texas, and defeated Silvia Sosnarova, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot for the Bears. Christina Fusano, who has been on fire lately, going 9-1 at the No. 2 spot for Cal, defeated Iva Puflerova, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. Freshman Jieun Jacobs, who faltered at No. 4 on Friday to Texas, bounced back with a strong, 6-2, 6-3 victory at the spot by defeating South Alabama's Nienke Scheltens. Cal won at all three spots in doubles, grabbing the point for the Bears. Anita Kurimay and Raquel Kops-Jones, bounced back from an 8-6 loss to Texas at No. 1, defeating USA's tandem of Sosnarova and Viktoria Stoklasova, 8-6, at the spot.
TEXAS IN REVIEW: California upset No. 5-ranked Texas, 5-2, on March 16 at the Hellman Tennis Courts. The Bears grabbed their fifth-straight victory, while the Longhorns fell to 9-2. Junior Vladka Uhlirova, who is nationally-ranked No. 90 in singles, downed senior Anita Kurimay (6-1, 6-2), giving Kurimay her first loss of the season in dual match competition. In other singles action, Christina Fusano, who held down the No. 2 spot for the Bears, defeated Rebekah Forney in a tough three-set match, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6. In doubles action, Cal grabbed the point when the No. 2 and No. 3 tandems walked away with 9-7 and 8-4 victories, respectively. At No. 2, Nicole Havlicek teamed with Jieun Jacobs, while co-captain Christina Fusano and Sekita grant teamed at No. 3. The Longhorns were highlighted by the duo of Uhlirova and Ziva Grasic who pulled past Raquel Kops-Jones and Kurimay, 8-6.
PURDUE IN REVIEW: The then No. 10-ranked women's team grabbed its second consecutive shutout and its fourth win in a row after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers, 7-0, at home, March 14. After capturing the doubles point by winning all three matches, Cal went on to defeat each Purdue opponent in straight sets, except at the No. 5 spot, where freshman Catherine Lynch went on to defeat Haynor in a third set tiebreaker, grabbing the final point for the Bears, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8. Senior co-captain Anita Kurimay held down the No. 1 spot for the Bears, defeating Erika Quebe in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. Since her return from leg surgery Kurimay was 5-0 in dual match play in singles competition after her match with Purdue. Sophomore Christina Fusano played at No. 2, knocking out Melissa Iqbal in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN: The No.8-ranked Northwestern Wildcats (13-2, 5-0 Big Ten) are currently tied at the No. 8 spot with California according to the ITA. Northwestern defeated Indiana, 7-0, March 11, increasing their number of shutout victories to eight. Marine Piriou, who has played at No. 4 for the Wildcats, is currently undefeated at 13-0 in dual match competition. Playing at the No. 1 spot is Colleen Cheng, who is currently ranked No. 42 in singles by the ITA, followed closely by Lia Jackson, who is ranked No. 53. The Wildcats will visit Fresno State, March 21 before visiting Berkeley to take on the Bears, March 24.
BEAR FACTS: The Golden Bears have been undefeated thus far in March. The Bears have won six consecutive home matches played at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Cal defeated No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 23 Arizona, No. 67 Purdue, No. 5 Texas and No. 11 South Alabama. During the month of March, Cal will only play one road match. The Bears will have a home court advantage in seven of their eight matches this month, and have won nine of their last ten matches overall.
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.