Women's Tennis Travels to Bulldog Classic

Sept. 24, 2002

THE TOURNAMENT: The Bulldog Classic, hosted by Fresno State University, will take place this weekend, Sept. 27-29, in Fresno, CA. A collegiate individual event, Cal is among a field of eight teams who will be represented. Fresno State will participate, as well as Nevada-Reno, Sacramento State, Pacific, Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount and San Jose State. For further information about the tournament, contact Kevin Epley, women's tennis coach at Fresno State, at (559) 278-4422. Tournament draws will be updated as the tournament progresses on www.gobulldogs.com.

ABOUT CAL: The Bears have a quartet of ranked singles players this season. Returning junior Raquel Kops-Jones will be expected to assume the leadership role after finishing with the highest national ranking of any Bear at No. 23. The No. 1 seed in the singles draw, Kops-Jones finished last season with a 27-17 overall record. Kops-Jones also emerged as the No. 1 doubles player for the Bears, teaming with Christina Fusano and Jody Scheldt, being twice ranked in doubles competition over the season. Kops-Jones and Fusano also claimed the Pac-10 doubles championship after defeating the ITA's No. 11, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 5 tandems. Fusano, returning for her senior year, is rated 48th in the country in 2002-03. She worked mostly out of the fifth slot last season and posted an overall 24-9 record. Scheldt is currently ranked 30th in the country after finishing last season with a 14-8 overall mark in singles competition. Also joining the Bears will be No. 47 and third seed in the tournament, Catherine Lynch, No. 73 Jieun Jacobs, sophomore Carla Arguelles, junior Kristen Case and junior Nicole Havlicek. Cal women's tennis finished last season at 14-9, ranked No. 13 in the nation.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE: After losing to Cal in the NCAA tournament last year, the Bulldogs have now dropped 30 consecutive decisions to the Bears. Chloe Carlotti is the No. 2 seed in the singles draw and currently ranked No. 35 in the nation. No. 44 Kim Niggemeyer, No. 103 Simone Jardim and the 6th seed in the tournament, Lucia Tallo, are the other noteable players for the Bulldogs. The doubles tandem of Carlotti and Tallo is ranked No. 50 in the nation and the second seed in the Bulldog Classic's doubles draw. Fresno State is ranked No. 25 in the nation after finishing last season with a 17-6 overall mark.

QUICK FACTS: The University of the Pacific's Susanne Bertel was named the Big West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year, finishing the season, tying the school record with 25 singles wins and tied for fourth on Pacific's career list with 76 all-time victories. The Tigers finished the season with an 8-11 overall record...Loyola Marymount finished the season 14-11 and a program best 7-1 in WCC play, including an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. In the tournament, LMU fell to No. 24 Washington 4-0 ... The Nevada women's tennis team was knocked out of the first round of the 2001-02 WAC Tennis Championships by Tulsa, 4-2. The Wolf Pack finished its season with 9-10 record ... Sacramento State appeared in its first ever NCAA tournament last season, losing to eventual NCAA champion Stanford. The Hornets finished the season with a 20-4 overall record, the best mark in program history ... Saint Mary's finished the 2001-02 campaign with a 4-9 overall mark ... San Jose State freshman Noelle Lee was named to the second-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2001-02, becoming just the second Spartan to receive all-conference honors in women 's tennis since the school joined the WAC in 1996-97.

SEEDED PLAYERS IN SINGLES/DOUBLES DRAWS:Singles:					Doubles:1) Raquel Kops-Jones, California (No. 23)	1) Kops-Jones/Lynch, California2) Chloe Carlotti, Fresno State (No. 35)	2) Carlotti/Tallo, FresnoState (No. 50)3) Catherine Lynch, California (No. 47)		3) Arguelles/Havlicek, California4) Edit Pakay, Loyola Marymount (No. 108)	4) Karnaukhova/ Kirknis, Sacramento State5) Margarita Karnaukhova, Sacramento State	5) Dinham/Pakay, Loyola Marymount
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