Raquel Kops-Jones Earns ITA Regional Rookie of the Year

May 22, 2001

The Cal women's tennis team produced two Pac-10 Second Team All-conference members in freshman Raquel Kops-Jones and senior Anita Kurimay. Kops-Jones, a native of Fresno, who was also named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for 2001, was named ITA Regional Rookie of the Year for the Northwest. This season Kops-Jones has tallied a team-best 29-15 record in singles, and a 20-11 overall record in doubles. With the award, Kops-Jones will have an opportunity to be named ITA National Rookie of the Year, which will be announced at the end of individual competition, May 25. Kurimay joins Kops-Jones in earning national acclaim, as the Budapest, Hungary native was awarded the TENNIS Magazine/Arthur Ashe, Jr., Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The award goes to the player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

The Bears team fell in the Round of 16 to Arizona State, 4-2, yet have three players competing in the individual portion of the NCAA tournament, May 22-25. In singles, Raquel Kops-Jones, Christina Fusano and Anita Kurimay will compete for an individual title, while in doubles Kops-Jones will team up with Kurimay in an attempt to make it Cal's fourth consecutive NCAA double crown. The previous three came with volunteer assistant coach Amy Jensen in 1998-00. Jensen teamed with Amanda Agustus for the first two, and Claire Curran for last year's doubles title in 2000.

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