No. 9 Women's Tennis Prepares for Pac-10 Championships
April 23, 2001
USC IN REVIEW: The No. 9-ranked Cal women's tennis team (14-6, 4-4 Pac-10) closed out the regular season with a 5-2 loss to No. 15-ranked USC at the Marks Tennis Stadium in Los Angeles. The last meeting between the schools was cancelled due to rain, which made this final match of the regular season a Pac-10 contest. USC opened the afternoon by winning two of three doubles matches. Despite losing at center court, the Trojans' Melissa Esmero and Anita Loyola captured an 8-4 win at No. 2 against Christina Fusano and Sekita Grant. USC's Maureen Diaz and Bernadette Bayani followed with an 8-6 win at No. 3, defeating Nicole Havlicek and Catherine Lynch. With the doubles point in hand, the USC earned the next two points with two-set victories at courts five and six. Cal responded with a 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 win by Raquel Kops-Jones over Loyola at No. 2 to bring the score to 3-1. At No. 4, USC's Tiffany Brymer clinched the match for the Trojans by adding the fourth point with a third-set tiebreaker victory (6-2, 3-6, 7-6) over the Bears Jieun Jacobs. Cal added its final point as Christina Fusano defeated Jewel Peterson 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, while USC's Diaz won the final match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Catherine Lynch.
UCLA IN REVIEW: Catherine Hawley defeated Calï¿½s Christina Fusano, 7-6(5), 6-4 at No. 2 singles, lifting the UCLA women's tennis team to a 4-3 upset victory over the No. 9 Golden Bears at the Los Angeles Tennis Center Friday, April 20. With the win, UCLA snapped its six-match losing streak. The Bruins started the afternoon strong, winning two of three doubles matches to take the doubles point. Lauren Fisher and Petya Marinova won 8-6 at No. 1 doubles and Mariko Fritz-Krockow teamed with Sara Walker, cruising to an 8-0 victory in the No. 2 slot. With a 1-0 lead heading into singles play, the Bruins needed to win just three of six singles matches to pull off the upset. UCLA did just that, receiving victories from Walker, Fisher and eventually Hawley to clinch the 4-3 upset win. Sekita Grant and Catherine Lynch salvaged their matches at the No. 5 and 6 spots, respectively, both winning in straight sets. Raquel Kops-Jones grabbed the only other point for the Bears in singles, defeating Petya Marinova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
BEAR FACTS: The Golden Bears solidified an undefeated record (8-0) in March. From March 2 to April 7, the Bears won nine consecutive matches, including eight played at their own 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, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 14 Fresno State and No. 29 UCLA. During the month of March, Cal played only one road match, in which they defeated Fresno State, 6-1. The Bears then continued their home-court mastery, April 7, when they defeated UCLA, 5-2.
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.