No. 4 Bears Beat Up on No. 13 Longhorns, 7-0, Extend Win Streak to Six
March 15, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 4 California women's tennis team (11-2, 1-0, Pac-10) not only won its sixth consecutive match over a Top 40 opponent this afternoon, but extended its home non-conference winning streak to 33 as the Bears cruised past the No. 13 Texas Longhorns, 7-0, at the Hellman Tennis Courts. The loss extended the Longhorns' losing stretch to five straight.
What a difference a year makes. Last season a 9-2 28th-ranked Bears squad traveled to Austin to take on the No. 16 Longhorns and left with a disappointing 5-2 defeat, setting off a streak in which Cal lost six of their next nine matches. While a similar scenario in 2003, the Bears used their 32-match non-conference winning streak at Hellman to their advantage and walked away with an easy 7-0 victory.
Cal kicked off the day by taking two of the three doubles contests to earn the all-important doubles point. On the top court, No. 11 Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano had a four-match win streak on the line against No. 21 Ziva Grasic and Kendra Strohm. While it was certainly not easy, the Cal duo escaped with their fifth straight in a tightly contested 8-7(8-6) victory. The hottest pairing of Jiuen Jacobs and Jody Scheldt had their own streak going on court No. 2, entering the match with a five-game win streak. But all good things must come to an end as Cal's No. 2 tandem faltered, 8-5, to Linday Blau and Kelly Baritot. That was the only statistical victory that the Longhorns secured this afternoon as Nicole Havlicek and Catherine Lynch rebounded from Friday's loss with an 8-1 drubbing of Michelle Krinke and Leigh Tucker.
On the singles courts, the Bears made things look easy, sweeping all six matches and three in straight sets. In the marquee match-up on court one, No. 10 Kops-Jones made quick work of No. 52 Kendra Strohm, 6-2, 6-1, to earn her ninth dual match victory of the year. Senior captain Fusano liked what she saw from her doubles partner as she cruised out to win the first seven games in a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Krinke on court No. 2. In her third appearance of the season on court six, redshirt freshman Brooke Borisoff earned her first dual victory of the year with a swift 6-2, 6-2 victory over Tucker. With the three wins, Cal claimed the match victory with three matches still being played.
With the match long ago decided, courts three, four and five were all mired in the thick of battle. All three matches went into third set super-tiebreakers, but the Bears persevered in the end. No. 102 Lynch gave the Bears a 5-0 advantage with her 21st victory of the season on court No. 3, enduring a 7-5, 2-6, (10-8) win. In her third match of the year on court five, Scheldt looked like a natural fifth-slot player with a 4-6, 6-1, (10-8) decision over Grasic.
The match of the day belonged to Havlicek and Blau on court No. 4. With teammates and coaches cheering them on, the two battled to the bitter end. After they traded the first two sets, the two entered into a third set super-tiebreaker. Blau took leads of 3-1 and 9-6 in the first to 10 tiebreaker, but Havlicek answered right back. Down triple-match point, 9-6, the native of Ontario, Canada rallied for five straight points to win the match and secure the 7-0 sweep for the team.
Cal returns to action one week from today, Saturday, March 22 when it hosts No. 57 Purdue in a noon matchup at Hellman Tennis Courts in Berkeley.
RESULTNo. 4 California 7, No. 13 Texas 0
SINGLESNo. 1 - No. 10 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) d. No. 52 Kendra Strohm (Texas), 6-2, 6-1No. 2 - No. 33 Christina Fusano (Cal) d. Michelle Krinke (Texas), 6-0, 6-3No. 3 - No. 102 Catherine Lynch (Cal) d. Kelly Baritot (Texas), 7-5, 2-6, (10-8)No. 4 - Nicole Havlicek (Cal) d. Lindsay Blau (Texas), 7-5, 2-6, (11-9)No. 5 - Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. Ziva Grasic (Texas), 4-6, 6-1, (10-8)No. 6 - Brooke Borisoff (Cal) d. Leigh Tucker (Texas), 6-2, 6-2
DOUBLES (California wins point)No. 1 - No.11 Fusano/ Kops-Jones (Cal) d. No. 21 Grasic/Strohm (Texas), 8-7, (8-6)No. 2 - Blau/Baritot (Texas) d. Jacobs/Scheldt (Cal), 8-5No. 3 - Havlicek/Lynch (Cal), d. Krinke/Tucker (Texas), 8-1
Records - No. 4 California 11-2, No. 13 Texas 4-6