Final Season Statistics
May 25, 2001
SWEET 16 IN REVIEW: The No. 7-ranked California women's tennis team (16-7, 4-4 Pac-10) suffered a major loss, when they fell in the NCAA Round of 16 to the No. 11-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, 4-2, in Stone Mountain, GA, May 17. The Bears met up with the Sun Devils for the third time this year, the first two coming in the regular season. Though Cal defeated ASU, Mar. 9, 4-3, the Sun Devils would take the next two, defeating the Bears, 4-3, in Tempe, Apr. 14, before knocking Cal out of the NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils opened the competition by winning the doubles point at the No. 2 and 3 spots. ASU would carry that momentum into singles, as they would grab three singles points for the victory at the No. 1, 3 and 6 spots. ASU's Adria Engel, who was named ITA Player of the Month for April downed senior Anita Kurimay at the No. 1 court in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. ASU's other two wins would come in straight sets as well, as Raquel Kops-Jones lost, 6-2, 7-6, while Sekita Grant lost, 6-3, 7-5. Cal's two points in singles came with wins from Christina Fusano and Jieun Jacobs at the No. 2 and 4 courts. Jacobs would tally a straight set victory over Faye DeVera, 6-2, 6-3, while Fusano would easily handle Karen Palme, 6-3, 6-3. In the three meetings this year between Cal and ASU, Fusano would be the only player on the Cal team to go undefeated in singles against her opponents.
NCAA SECOND ROUND IN REVIEW: In their second round matchup, the Bears struggled early, yet managed to pull off a tough 4-1 victory over the No. 20-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, May 13. The Bears got off to a sluggish start, losing the first doubles match at court No. 2, yet Cal evened the score when the duo of Christina Fusano and Catherine Lynch won, 8-4, on the No. 3 court. All eyes were on the No. 1 court, where Anita Kurimay and Raquel Kops-Jones traded points the entire match with UNC's Kendrick Bunn and Kate Pinchbeck. Neither team led by more than a point the entire match, before UNC took an 8-7 lead. UNC's duo would take the final game, and the first team point of the afternoon, defeating Cal, 9-7. Needing three singles victories to clinch the match, UNC gave the Bears a scare as singles competition got underway. The Tar Heels won the first set on three courts, forcing Cal to step up their level of play. Cal would find comfort in wins at courts No's. 5 and 6, as Sekita Grant would tally the first point for the Bears at No. 6, before Catherine Lynch tallied a 7-5, 6-2 victory at the No. 5 court. With a 2-1 lead, the Bears began to turn the tables. At No. 3, Raquel Kops-Jones fought back from a 5-7 loss in the first set, to take the next two, 6-1, 6-2. The Bears would win the final point and take the match from UNC when Jieun Jacobs came back from a 6-7(6) first set loss, to defeat UNC's Kristin Koenig in the final two stanzas, 6-3, 6-1.
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REVIEW: Cal traveled to Stone Mountain, Georgia, where Georgia State University played host to the final rounds of the NCAA championships, May 17-25. Teams participating played at the Lincoln Tennis Center. Despite a loss in the Sweet 16, three Bears competed in individual singles competition: Anita Kurimay, Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones. Cal's doubles team of Kurimay and Kops-Jones (13-8 overall) also competed in the doubles portion of the championships, which began May 22. Fusano and Kurimay both fell in the first round of singles competition, while Kops-Jones fell in the second round. The duo of Kurimay/Kops-Jones won their first match of the tournament, yet fell to UCLA's duo in the second round.
AWARD AND HONORS: The Cal women's tennis team produced two Pac-10 Second Team All-conference winners in freshman Raquel Kops-Jones and senior Anita Kurimay. Kops-Jones was also named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for 2001. Kops-Jones tallied a team-best 30-16 record in singles, and 22-12 overall in doubles. Kops-Jones was also named ITA Regional Rookie of the Year for the Northwest. 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. Kurimay ends her career with the Bears with a lifetime singles record of 89-49, and a lifetime doubles record of 87-37. Head coach Jan Brogan finishes her 23rd season with the Bears tallying a 433-172 (.716) record. Brogan is the winningest active female women's tennis coach in the country. The Cal women's tennis team finished the year at 16-7, 4-4 in the Pac-10.
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.