No. 3 Cal (12-2, 1-0, Pac-10) Hosts Pac-10 Rivals Washington, WSU
March 25, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 3 California women's tennis team (12-2, 1-0, Pac-10) looks to continue its 34-match home non-conference winning streak this weekend as it hosts No. 24 Harvard Wednesday, March 26 at noon on the Hellman Tennis Courts. Cal will then open Pac-10 competition Friday, March 28 vs. No. 14 Washington at noon and Saturday, March 29 vs. Washington State at noon. The Bears are also in the midst of a seven-match winning streak that includes victories over No. 7 Arizona State, No. 12 North Carolina and No. 13 Texas.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Bears are in the midst of a seven-match winning streak. Not only has the squad claimed 34 consecutive non-conference home matches, but has also won ten straight at home dating back to last season. Junior All-American Raquel Kops-Jones leads the squad with a 27-10 overall record, while junior Jieun Jacobs tops dual match play with a 11-2 mark. Senior captain Christina Fusano (10-4) and junior Nicole Havlicek (10-2) have both topped the 10-win list in dual match play. Kops-Jones and Fusano have compiled a 10-3 record on No. 1 doubles to claim the team lead.
ABOUT HARVARD: The Crimson enter this week with a No. 24 national ranking and a 10-3 overall dual match record. Harvard has defeated some quality opponents, including No. 14 Washington and No. 18 Miami. No. 39 Courtney Bergman is the highest-ranking Crimson, while teammate Eva Wang is ranked No. 61. The Bears own a 6-0 head-to-head advantage over Harvard, with the last meeting an 8-1 Cal victory in 1998.
ABOUT WASHINGTON: Pac-10 opponent Washington checks in at No. 14 in the nation with an overall record of 11-1 and a nine-match winning streak. The Huskies have three players ranked in the Top 100, including No. 36 Claire Carter, No. 87 Dea Sumantri and No. 95 Darija Klaic. Carter and Klaic combine to form the No. 9 ranked team in doubles play. In fall tourney action, the Bears and Huskies squared off 11 times in singles play with Cal owning the 6-5 advantage, including Kops-Jones' 2-0 record. In doubles, Washington owns the 2-1 edge.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The No. 46 Cougars own a 7-5 record, but will face Stanford Friday, March 28 before heading to Berkeley on Saturday. Cal owns a 7-1 all-time advantage over the Cougars, with the lone loss coming last year in Pullman.
AGAINST PURDUE: On Saturday, the Bears came out strong, claiming the doubles point with a sweep on all three courts. With Kops-Jones sitting this one out, Fusano and freshman Jessica Shu teamed together for the first time and claimed their first victory on court No. 3. In singles action, only junior Catherine Lynch faltered, losing in a third set super tie-breaker to Amy Walgenbach on court two. Cal improved to 4-0 all-time against the Boilermakers.
SHE'S GOT IT COVERED: Junior Jieun Jacobs has provided leadership to the Bears' lineup this season, winning nine of her 11 matches on the No. 4 court and both matches on court three. She began by establishing herself in tournament play in the fall, where she posted an 11-4 record, including a visit to the semifinals of the prestigious Pac-10 Indoor Championships in January. In doubles play, the Valencia native has teamed with fellow junior Jody Scheldt as the hottest doubles tandem on the team. The Cal duo claimed the crown at the Thunderbirds Invitational in November 2002, kicking off a successful season with a current overall record of 16-6.
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