No. 4 Bears Breexe Past No. 33 Pepperdine in Home Opener

Feb. 21, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 4 California women's tennis team (5-1) christened its 2003 home slate with an easy 4-0 victory over No. 33 Pepperdine this afternoon, Feb. 21 at Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. The Bears won both doubles matches and all four singles matches played.

In doubles action, Cal claimed the doubles point rather quickly, taking care of courts one and two with 8-1 victories. The fourth-ranked pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano, the defending 2002 Pac-10 doubles champs, defeated Charlotte Vernaz and Merve Asimgil to improve to 5-1 in dual action and 13-5 overall. Jieun Jacobs and Jody Scheldt, the winners of the Thunderbirds Invitational, evened their record to 3-3 in dual action with an 8-1 slashing of Karin Schlapbach and Anna Andersson to give Cal the 1-0 lead.

The Bears would never look back, taking victories on courts one through four, alleviating the need for Scheldt and Nicole Havlicek to finish matches on courts No. 5 and 6. The twelfth-ranked Kops-Jones skipped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set before her opponent Charlotte Vernaz retired due to injury. With the victory, Kops-Jones improves to 5-1 in dual action and an impressive 23-7 on the year. No. 46 Catherine Lynch tallied her first victory on court No. 2, taking out Asiimgil in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. No. 34 Fusano dropped Schlapbach, 6-1, 7-5, on court No. 3 while No. 54 Jacobs improved to 5-1 with her 6-0, 6-1 dismantling of Anna Andersson.

Cal returns to the courts tomorrow, Feb. 22 in a rematch with No. 5 Stanford at the Taube Family Tennis Center at noon in Stanford. The Bears defeated then-No. 1 Stanford, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 7, 2003.

RESULTNo. 4 California (5-1) 4, No. 33 Pepperdine (5-5) 0

SINGLES1. No. 12 Raquel Kops-Jones (CAL) def. Charlotte Vernaz (PEP), 3-0, default2. No. 46 Catherine Lynch (CAL) def. Merve Asimgil (PEP), 6-2, 6-23. No. 34 Christina Fusano (CAL) def. Karin Schlapbach (PEP), 6-1, 7-54. No. 54 Jieun Jacobs (CAL) def.  Anna Andersson (PEP), 6-0, 6-15. Jody Scheldt (CAL), DNF6. Nicole Havlicke (CAL), DNF

DOUBLES1. No. 4 Kops-Jones/ Fusano (CAL), def Vernaz/Asimgil (PEP), 8-12. Jacobs/Scheldt (CAL) def. Schlapbach/Andersson (PEP), 8-13. Lynch/Havlicek (CAL), DNF

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