No. 12 California Travels to NCAA Championship
May 14, 2002
TIME:11:00 a.m., Taube Tennis Center, Stanford, Calif.
BEARS TRAVEL TO STANFORD, OPEN IN ROUND OF 16: Cal (14-9, 3-5) advanced to the NCAA championships last weekend by winning its regional action in Berkeley. The team defeated No. 45 Brigham Young, 4-0, and No. 25 Fresno State, 4-1. In the Round of 16, which opens on Thursday, the 15th-seeded (but 12th-ranked) Bears will face stiff competition against No. 2 University of Georgia.
CAL AT THE NCAA'S: Cal has competed in the last 21 consecutive NCAA Championships, with its highest finish coming in 1985, 1999 and 2000, when the Bears advanced to the semifinal round. Cal also boasts 18 consecutive seasons in which at least one Bear has competed for a singles or doubles title. In 1998-2000, now-5th-year assistant coach Amy Jensen joined with two different partners to be crowned NCAA Champions in doubles in three straight seasons.
THREE BEARS TO COMPETE FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Sophomores Raquel Kops-Jones (No. 22, 26-16) and Catherine Lynch (No. 45, 25-9) were selected to compete for the NCAA singles championship. Junior Christina Fusano (No. 52, 24-9) was selected as the fourth-alternate. In doubles, Kops-Jones will join with Jody Scheldt (No. 20, 10-11) in pursuit of the NCAA doubles title.
ABOUT GEORGIA: No. 3 Georgia (24-1) is seeded at the second spot in the NCAA championships. The Bulldogs are led by No. 7 Agata Cioroch (38-5), and by No. 15 Cioroch and Lori Gray in doubles. Georgia squeaked by unseeded South Alabama, 4-3, to advance to the championships. Cal is 4-6 against Georgia, and 1-2 in NCAA championship meetings. Most recently, the Bears dropped the Bulldogs, 5-4, at the 1999 NCAA's.
LAST WEEKEND AGAINST BYU: Kops-Jones and Fusano got things started for the Bears in doubles, winning 8-4 in Cal's 4-0 win. In singles, the Bears won all three of its completed matches in straight sets. Jieun Jacobs clinched the match for Cal, winning in a pair of 6-2 sets. Nicole Havlicek blew by her opponent on the fifth court, winning in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Kristen Case saw her first ever post-season action on court six.
LAST WEEKEND AGAINST FRESNO STATE: With the 4-1 win, Cal improved to 30-0 against Fresno State. In doubles, Kops-Jones and Fusano remained undefeated with a dominating win over FSU's Kim Niggemeyer and Simone Jardim, improving to 6-0 on the season. On the singles courts, Fusano charged back into her match after losing her first seven games to Chloe Carlotti, and took a 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory, clinching Cal's win.