No. 4 Cal (6-2) Hosts No. 26 Arizona, No. 7 Arizona State
March 4, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 4 California women's tennis team (6-2) returns home this weekend for the first of two matches in a string of nine consecutive home contests, as the Bears host Pac-10 foes No. 26 Arizona Friday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 7 Arizona State Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. Cal owns a 36-10 all-time edge over the Wildcats and a 25-12 advantage over the Sun Devils.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Bears enter this weekend with a record of 6-2 after defeating No. 37 Oregon, 4-3, Sunday, March 2. No. 13 Raquel Kops-Jones and No. 56 Jieun Jacobs, both juniors, are tied for the team lead in dual wins with 6-2 records. Junior Nicole Havlicek is a perfect 3-0 on court No. 5 and has compiled a 5-1 overall dual match record. On the doubles front, Havlicek and junior Catherine Lynch lead the squad with a 5-1 dual record while the No. 11-ranked duo of Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano have lost two straight to fall to 5-3 on the season.
ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats, ranked No. 26 in the nation, have opened 2003 with a 4-3 record. No. 46 Emilie Scribot leads Arizona on the top court.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils enter this weekend as the No. 7 team in the nation with an overall record of 6-1. Senior and three-time All-American Adria Engel leads the squad with a 16-7 overall record and holds a career record of 117-40 (.745).
WEEKEND RESULTS: The Bears edged the Ducks, 4-3, but did not do so without some major upsets. The 13th-ranked Kops-Jones lost to the red-hot No. 16 Daria Panova in the top slot while the 38th-ranked tandem of Panova and Courtney Nagle upset the 11th-ranked pair of Kops-Jones and Fusano. Cal did claim the doubles point, however, as Jacobs and Jody Scheldt improved to 10-6 on the season and Havlicek/Lynch improved to 5-1 on court No. 3. In singles, the Golden Bears claimed the match victory by winning three of the six matches. Fusano dropped No. 89 Monika Gieczys, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6, Jacobs defeated Jamie Marshall in straight sets on court No. 4 and Havlicek cruised past Julie Merle, 6-0, 6-1 on court No. 5. In her first dual match of the season, redshirt freshman Brooke Borisoff took the loss on court six, 6-4, 7-5, to Anna Leksinka.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: In addition to the No. 4 national team ranking, three singles players and one doubles tandem have also garnered national attention. The second of nine individual ITA rankings came out Feb. 26 and Kops-Jones leads the team at No. 13. Senior captain Fusano is No. 45 and Jieun Jacobs claims No. 56. Defending Pac-10 doubles champions, Kops-Jones and Fusano, check in at No. 11.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Bears' 4-0 sweep of the visiting Waves of Pepperdine on Feb. 21 marked the team's 30th-consecutive win over a non-Pac-10 opponent at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. The last time that a non-conference opponent defeated the Bears at home was on March 8, 1996 when No. 10 Pepperdine upended Cal by a 5-4 score. This year there will be five more challengers to this impressive streak (Fresno State, North Carolina, Texas, Purdue and Harvard).
SOLID AS A ROCK: Appropriately nicknamed 'The Roc' by her coaches and teammates, 13th-ranked Raquel Kops-Jones has proved that she is just that. Through eight dual matches, the Fresno native has compiled a 6-2 record on the top court, including back-to-back wins over Stanford's then-No. 17 Amber Liu. Her 24-8 overall record is tops on the team, as she has posted an 18-6 tourney record, including the ITA Northwest Regional crown.
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