No. 11 Cal Heads to No. 14 Fresno State

March 26, 2001

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NORTHWESTERN IN REVIEW: The No. 11-ranked women's tennis team (11-2, 4-2 Pac-10) took their seventh win in a row, Mar. 24, at the Hellman Tennis Courts, defeating No. 12-ranked Northwestern Wildcats, 5-2. Cal has gone undefeated in the month of March, winning all seven of their matches thus far. Cal took an early advantage, winning the doubles point to start the day. Anita Kurimay teamed with Raquel Kops-Jones at the No. 1 spot, knocking out NW's tandem, 8-2. The Bears sealed the point when the No. 3 tandem of Fusano and Grant downed NW's Petrutiu and Barnes, 9-7, improving their dual match record to 8-1 as a tandem. In singles, Kops-Jones knocked out Marine Piriou in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 3 spot. Piriou had previously gone undefeated (14-0) in dual match competition. After a one-hour rain delay, Northwestern and Cal traded the next three points as Jieun Jacobs fell in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5, in her first straight set loss since Stanford, Feb. 24. At No. 1, Kurimay defeated Colleen Cheng, rallying to overcome a first set loss, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Fusano was the next to fall, as she lost to Lia Jackson at the No. 2 spot, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. Catherine Lynch and Sekita Grant were trying to seal the point for the Bears, as they played into the twilight knowing Cal had a 3-2 lead over the Wildcats. Grant sealed the win when she came back to defeat Ruth Barnes, sister of Cal men's tennis player Adrian Barnes, at No. 6 (1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4). Lynch then wore down Jessica Rush for a victory at No. 5.

SOUTH ALABAMA IN REVIEW: The California women's tennis team 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 increased 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.

A LOOK AT FRESNO STATE: The No. 14-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs (12-2) hold a similar win streak with California. The Bulldogs recently defeated Boise State, 6-1, at home, Mar. 24. With the win, Fresno State increases its winning streak to five matches and like Cal, has won ten of its last eleven matches. No. 28-ranked junior Kim Niggemeyer currently holds down the No. 1 spot for the Bulldogs. She fell to her Boise State opponent, Mar. 24, suffering her first loss at the spot since Feb. 8.

BEAR FACTS: The Golden Bears have been undefeated thus far in March. The Bears have won seven 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, No. 11 South Alabama and No. 12 Northwestern. 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 ten of their last eleven 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.

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