No. 3 Bears Defeat Boilermakers, 6-1, Extend Win Streak to Seven
March 22, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 3 California women's tennis team (12-2, 1-0, Pac-10) continued its dominance at the Hellman Tennis Courts this afternoon, winning it's 34th in a row at home against non-conference opponents, as the Bears cruised past the Purdue Boilermakers, 6-1. The Bears, who have now won seven straight, improve to 7-0 at home this season and 4-0 all-time vs. Purdue.
Cal jumped out to the early 1-0 lead, sweeping the three doubles contests to secure the initial point. Catherine Lynch and Nicole Havlicek polished off Melissa Woods and Melissa Iqbal, 8-2, on court No. 2 to set the wheels in motion. Thirty seconds later, senior captain Christina Fusano and partner Jessica Shu, playing in their first career match together claimed the doubles point for the Bears with their 8-5 victory over Lara Burgarello and Shawna Zuccarini on court No. 3. With junior All-American Raquel Kops-Jones sitting this one out, Cal's hottest tandem of Jieun Jacobs and Jody Scheldt took over the top doubles court. The Bear duo survived a 9-8, (7-3) victory over Gretchen Haynor and Missy Wright, to claim their 10th dual match victory of the season.
As the singles competition heated up, it was evident early that it was no longer about who would win the match, but who would enter the locker room first. On courts one and three, Fusano and Jacobs busted out to quick and decisive leads. Jacobs had little trouble with Zuccarini on Court No. 3, taking the 6-1, 6-2 decision for the 2-0 lead. In her first match in nearly two seasons on the top singles court, Fusano shined in her 2003 No. 1 spot debut. The senior captain used pinpoint accuracy to simply overmatch her opponent, Gretchen Haynor, 6-0, 6-0, in claiming her 10th dual victory of the year.
With the 3-0 lead, the Bears were in control of their own destiny. On court No. 5, Scheldt completed the California victory, taking the 6-2, 6-3 victory over Wright to improve to 9-2 in match play. On court No. 6, Brooke Borisoff gave the Bears a 5-0 lead in dramatic fashion with her 6-3, 5-5 (ret.) decision over Woods. After cruising to a 6-3 first set victory, Borisoff fell behind 2-5 in the second set. The redshirt freshman rallied to take the next three games to tie at 5-5 before Woods withdrew due to back spasms.
On courts two and four, battles were being waged. Though Havlicek was never seriously challenged, Burgarello made the Canadian work for her 6-3, 6-2 victory in what was beginning to look like a Cal sweep. But the Boilermakers' Amy Walgenbach had something to say about that. In a battle of the smarts on court two, Walgenbach gave Lynch fits by outsmarting her in a 4-6, 6-3, (10-8) victory to avoid the sweep. Walgenbach, a native of Carmel, won her ninth dual victory to lead the team.
Cal improves to 12-2 on the year while the Boilermakers fall to 5-7. The Bears improve to 4-0 all time vs. Purdue.
Cal returns to action Wednesday, March 26 when it hosts Harvard in a noon matchup at Hellman Tennis Courts in Berkeley.
RESULTNo. 3 California 6, No. 54 Purdue 1
SINGLESNo. 1 - No. 33 Christina Fusano (Cal) d. Gretchen Haynor (PUR), 6-0, 6-0No. 2 - No. 112 Amy Walgenbach (PUR) d. No. 102 Catherine Lynch (Cal), 6-4, 6-3, (10-8)No. 3 - No. 46 Jieun Jacobs (Cal) d. Shawna Zuccarini (PUR), 6-1, 6-2No. 4 - Nicole Havlicek (Cal) d. Lara Burgarello (PUR), 6-3, 6-2No. 5 - Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. Missy Wright (PUR), 6-2, 6-3*No. 6 - Brooke Borisoff (Cal) d. Melissa Woods (PUR), 6-3, 5-5 (ret.)*Clinched Match
DOUBLES (California wins point)No. 1 - Jacobs/Scheldt (Cal) d. Haynor/Wright (PUR), 9-8, (7-3)No. 2 - Havlicek/Lynch (Cal) d. Iqbal/Woods (PUR), 8-2No. 3 - Fusano/Shu (Cal) d. Burgarello/Zuccarini (PUR), 8-5
Records - No. 3 California 12-2, No. 54 Purdue 5-7