No. 20 California Back in the Bay Area
April 1, 2002
BACK TO THE BAY: After having several matches on the road, the Bears will return to Hellman Tennis Complex on Friday to open up a four-match homestand, which will also mark Cal's last home competition of the 2002 season. All four matches will be against Pac-10 teams, providing for tough competition for the home squad. However, the road home goes through Stanford, as the Bears will face the arch-rival Cardinal on Wednesday. Cal returned to action after a 10-day layoff last week, spending spring break traveling to Austin, Pullman and Seattle, and coming home with a victory.
ABOUT STANFORD: No. 6 Stanford has won eight in a row en route to a 13-1 record (4-0 Pac-10). The Cardinal is led by Lauren Kalvaria, who is 11th-ranked by the ITA, and has posted a 7-1 record since returning from injury. Also among Stanford's four ranked singles players is Gariela Lastra, who boasts a 9-3 dual record and is ranked 16th in the nation. The last time that Cal took on Stanford, the Cardinal swept the Bears in a rain-delayed tough match at home. Stanford owns the edge in the season series, having won 47 of 52 matches against Cal.
ABOUT UCLA: Eighth-ranked UCLA enters the week with a 12-2 record (2-1 Pac-10). The Bruins are led by freshman Megan Bradley, who most recently defeated Arizona State's Adria Engel, 6-4, 6-4 to help her team to a 6-1 victory over the Sun Devils. The last time that Cal and UCLA faced each other, the Bruins came away with a 4-3 upset over the Bears in Los Angeles. UCLA holds the all-time advantage, with a 24-21 record against Cal.
ABOUT USC: The Trojans are ranked 16th, and boast a 14-4 record entering their Bay Area tour. Jewel Peterson highlights USC's efforts on the court, having posted a 14-3 record on the top singles court. Peterson also teams with Tiffany Brymer at the No. 1 doubles spot (13-4 record). The last time that the Bears faced the Trojans, USC won, 5-2, increasing their record against Cal to 21-19.
LAST WEEK AGAINST TEXAS: On March 26, the Bears lost a 5-2 decision to Texas. In doubles action, Christina Fusano and Jieun Jacobs got the better of Longhorn duo Kaysie Smashey and Lindsay Blau on the second court, doubling up the Texas combo 8-4. Texas dominated the singles portion of the afternoon, with three Bears defeated in straight sets. Catherine Lynch and Jacobs were the bright spots for Cal, both winning in straight sets. Lynch has performed particularly well in the first half of the season, having lost only one match on the fourth court.
LAST WEEK AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE: Lynch continued to shine for Cal, despite a close 5-2 loss to Washington State. In singles, Lynch improved her record to a team-best 9-1 on the season in duals. On Friday, the No. 113 player moved to the third court for the first time, dominating Washington State's Sallai 6-0, 6-2. Lynch also combined with Carla Arguelles to play on the third doubles court, winning 8-5 there.
LAST WEEK AGAINST WASHINGTON: The Bears rebounded from tough losses earlier in the week to upset higher-seeded Washington on Saturday. In the singles matches, Ilona Kordonskaya lost to Jacobs 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the No.2 position. In the No. 3 position, Lynch dropped Colleen Gray 7-5, 6-4. In No. 4 singles, Fusano defeated Dea Sumatri, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. Finally in No. 5 singles Arguelles defeated Andrea Coulter 7-6(1), 6-1. The Bears clinched the team victory in No, 2 doubles with Fusano and Jacobs defeating Carter and Hoe 8-6. In other doubles No. 44 Raquel Kops-Jones and Jody Scheldt defeated the duo of Gray and Dea 8-3. Coulter and Kordonskaya also fell losing to Arguelles and Lynch 8-4.