No. 4 Bears (9-2) Too Much for No. 16 Bulldogs, Win 6-1
March 12, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 4 California women's tennis team (9-2) extended its home non-conference winning streak to 31 straight this afternoon, March 12, as the Bears breezed past the No. 16 Fresno State Bulldogs, 6-1, at the Hellman Tennis Courts in Berkeley. The Bears have now improved to 31-0 all-time vs. Fresno State.
The two squads faced each other plenty in early season tournament action, with the Bulldogs entering today's match with a 4-3 edge in singles play and 3-2 advantage in doubles. But that all changed this afternoon in Berkeley, starting with the doubles competition. The Bears reversed the preseason trend by sweeping all three doubles matches to claim the early 1-0 lead. The 11th-ranked duo of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano faced No. 23 Chloe Carlotti and Lucia Tallo on doubles No. 1. Cal took the quick 2-0 lead in what looked to be a blowout, but the Bulldogs came storming back, winning three consecutive games to take the 3-2 edge. Kops-Jones and Fusano gathered themselves and responded with a four-game tear of their own to take a 6-3 lead and more importantly, return the momentum to their favor. That was all they needed as the Cal duo improved to 16-7 on the year with the 8-4 win.
On doubles No. 3, Nicole Havlicek and Catherine Lynch fell behind 0-1 early, only to win six straight games en route to an 8-2 victory over Lucia Sainz and Katherine Winterhalter, claiming the doubles point for the Bears. Jieun Jacobs and Jody Scheldt put together a nice streak of their own on court No. 2, busting out to a 6-0 lead and never looking back for the 8-2 victory and the second consecutive match doubles sweep (ASU - 3/8).
Even though seven singles tournament matches had been played between the two teams coming into the game, only Kops-Jones and Carlotti had faced each other this year with Carlotti stealing the 6-4, 7-6 victory in the finals of the Bulldog Classic. The same rang true this afternoon as Carlotti defeated Kops-Jones once again on the top court, but this time with an easier 6-1, 6-3 win for Fresno State's only point of the match.
On courts No. 2-5, Cal was making quick work of its opponents as all five matches were decided in two sets. On court two, the 33rd-ranked Fusano won her fourth straight match with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Lucia Tallo. The senior captain improves to 14-7 overall, and 8-3 in match play. Court No. 3 saw the most dominating match of the afternoon as Lynch only lost three games in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lucia Sainz as the native of Dublin, Ireland improved to 20-10 on the year.
The 46th-ranked Jacobs continued her torrid play on court No. 4 with her fourth consecutive win and team-leading ninth dual match victory. The junior completed a straight-set 6-2, 6-4 victory over Katherine Winterhalter, making it 18 straight matches without seeing a deciding third set. On court five, Havlicek rebounded from Saturday's loss at ASU with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Vlatka Jovanovic and Scheldt claimed a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kristy McRae.
Cal returns to action tomorrow, Thursday, March 13 when it hosts No. 12 North Carolina in a 1:30 p.m. matchup at Hellman Tennis Courts in Berkeley.
RESULTNo. 4 California 6, No. 16 Fresno State 1
SINGLESNo. 1 - No. 8 Chloe Carlotti (FS) d. No. 10 Raquel Kops-Jones (CAL), 6-1, 6-3No. 2 - No. 33 Christina Fusano (CAL) d. Lucia Tallo (FS), 6-3, 6-1No. 3 - No. 102 Catherine Lynch (CAL) d. Lucia Sainz (FS), 6-1, 6-2No. 4 - No. 46 Jieun Jacobs (CAL) d. Katherine Winterhalter (FS), 6-2, 6-4No. 5 - Nicole Havlicek (CAL) d. Vlatka Jovanovic (FS), 6-2, 6-2No. 6 - Jody Scheldt (CAL) d. Kristy McRae (FS), 6-4, 6-2
DOUBLES (California wins point)No. 1 - No.11 Fusano/ Kops-Jones (CAL) d. No. 23 Carlotti/Tallo (FS), 8-4No. 2 - Jacobs/Scheldt (CAL) d. Sainz/Winterhalter (FS), 8-2No. 3 - Havlicek/Lynch (CAL) d. Jovanovic/McRae (FS), 8-3
Records - No. 4 California 9-2, No. 16 Fresno State 6-5