Kops-Jones Drops Title Match of Bulldog Classic
Sept. 29, 2002
Fresno, Calif. - Top-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones breezed her way through the first four rounds of action this weekend, only to drop the title match 6-0, 7-5, to Fresno State's No. 2-seed Chloe Carlotti in the Bulldog Classic title match at the Spalding D. Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno.
The 18th-ranked Kops-Jones decimated the competition enroute to the championship match, only losing 12 games in the process. She defeated Fresno State's Vlatka Jovanovic 6-2, 6-0 before dropping Natalia Kostenko of Pacific 6-2, 6-1 in advancing to the quarterfinals. Kops-Jones then cruised by fourth-seed Edit Pakay of Loyola Marymount 6-0, 6-3 before running into a red hot No. 24-ranked Carlotti in the finals. Carlotti blanked Kops-Jones in the first set before the Fresno native, Kops-Jones, took a 4-3 lead in the second set. But Carlotti rebounded to take the next three games to win the match.
Cal's third-seeded and 33rd-ranked Catherine Lynch had a noteable performance as well, coasting through the first three rounds before facing teammate Nicole Havlicek in the quarterfinals. Havlicek made a match of it by winning the first set 6-4, but Lynch pulled it out by winning the next two sets 6-2, 6-2 to claim the victory. Lynch gave Carlotti a test in semifinal action, but eventually dropped a hard-fought match 7-6 (4), 6-4 to Carlotti in a match that lasted more than two hours. Havlicek advanced to the semis by defeating San Jose State's Ana Lukner and Sacramento State's Roberta Fessenko.
The top-seeded combination of Kops-Jones and Lynch moved into the title match of doubles competition after winning their semifinal match against Sacramento State's fourth-seeded duo of Margarita Karnaukhova and Italina Kirkinas. Kops-Jones and Lynch then proceeded to lose the doubles title match to No. 2-seeded and 34th-ranked Carlotti and Julia Tallo of Fresno State 8-4.
As the host of the Bulldog Classic, Fresno State won the singles and doubles titles, both coming at the hands of the Golden Bears.
SEMIFINALS -- SINGLES(1) Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. (4) Edit Pakay (LMU) 6-0, 6-3(2) Chloe Carlotti (FS) def. (3) Catherine Lynch (Cal) 7-6 (4), 6-4FINALS -- SINGLES(2) Carlotti (FS) def. (1) Kops-Jones (Cal) 6-0, 7-5SEMIFINALS - DOUBLES(1) Kops-Jones/Lynch (Cal) def. (4) Karnaukhova/Kirknis (Sac St) 8-3(2) Carlotti/Tallo (FS) def. (3) Arguelles/Havlicek (Cal) 8-4FINALS - SINGLES(2) Carlotti/Tallo (FS) def. (1) Kops-Jones/Lynch (Cal) 8-4SEMIFINALS - SINGLES CONSOLATIONCarla Arguelles (Cal) def. Kate Harden (SMC) 6-0, 6-1Jessica Shu (Cal) def. Vlatka Jovanovic (FS) 4-6, 6-0, 10-8** tiebreaker played for third setFINALS - SINGLES CONSOLATIONNot playedSEMIFINALS - ROUND OF 16 CONSOLATIONNatalia Kostenko (Pacific) def. Diana Vinis (LMU) 6-3, 6-2Katherin Winterhalter (FS) def. Biljana Trpeska (Nevada) 6-3, 6-1FINALS - ROUND OF 16 CONSOLATIONKostenko (Pacific) def. Winterhalter (FS) 6-1, 6-0FINALS - QUARTERFINAL CONSOLATIONMargarita Karnaukhova (Sac St) def. Lucia Tallo (FS) 6-0, 6-2