No. 4 California Heads South to Face No. 12 UCLA, No. 3 USC
April 1, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 4 California women's tennis team (15-2, 3-0, Pac-10) looks to extend its 10-match winning streak this weekend as it travels to Los Angeles to tackle a pair of Pac-10 Conference foes in No. 12 UCLA Friday, April 4 at noon and No. 3 USC Saturday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. The two matches will not count towards Pac-10 records, as the Bears' host the conference matches with the LA schools April 18 (USC) and April 19 (UCLA).
THE LAST TIME: The Bears enter this week as the No. 4-ranked team in the nation, while the men's squad checks in at No. 7 in the country. The last time that both the men's and women's teams were simultaneously ranked in the Top 10 of the USTA/ITA rankings was Sept. 18, 1991.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Bears' 10-match winning streak is its longest since the 1999 squad claimed ten straight to open the season en route to a 20-5 record and a NCAA Semifinal appearance. The 15-2 record to start the season is the team's best since 1987 when the squad went 16-1 to start the season, ending the year with a 25-4 overall record and a NCAA Quarterfinal appearance. This 2003 squad is turning heads, especially on the doubles courts where the Bears have compiled a 67-25 (.728) overall record while claiming the last 10 consecutive doubles points in dual match play. No. 5 Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano lead the pack with a 21-7 overall record and an eight-match winning streak. In singles play, Cal has recorded a 169-75 (.693) overall record, and a 72-26 (.735) mark through 17 dual matches. Ninth-ranked Kops-Jones leads the charge in singles action with a 30-10 overall record - tying her career-best freshman year in total wins (30-17).
IN THE PAC-10: Including the Bears' No. 4 national ranking, the Pacific-10 Conference boasts five teams in the nation's elite Top 10. Stanford checks in at No. 2, USC at No. 3, Arizona State at No. 8 and Washington at No. 10. Versus the Pac-10 in 2003, Cal is a perfect 3-0 with a 4-3 victory over No. 27 Oregon (3/2), 5-2 decision over No. 10 Washington (3/28) and a 7-0 sweep of Washington State (3/29).
ABOUT UCLA: The No. 12 Bruins claim four players ranked in the Top 80 and enter this week with a 12-5 overall record and 3-1 in conference play. UCLA features No. 10 Sara Walker, No. 23 Jackie Carleton, No. 58 Susi Wild and No. 79 Sarah Gregg. The Bruins' total of four players in the Top 80 ties them for third most nationally (Stanford - 4, Duke - 5, Florida - 6).
ABOUT USC: The No. 3 Trojans hold a 17-1 overall record and remain undefeated in conference play at 4-0. No. 6-ranked Jewel Peterson highlights a 2003 squad that includes five players in the nation's Top 120. Freshman Carine Vermeulen leads the team in dual victories with a 16-1 record, while Peterson leads the squad in overall wins with a 23-9 record.
SOLID PRESENCE: After transferring from the University of Iowa prior to last year's spring season, junior Jody Scheldt has been a solid contributor in both the singles and doubles lineups. Already eclipsing her single season career mark in singles wins, Scheldt has accumulated an 18-6 overall record and 12-2 in dual match play. Teamed up with Jacobs, the duo has been rock solid with a 19-6 record, taking the Thunderbird Invitational doubles crown in early November 2002.
AT HOME: Cal extended its home non-conference winning streak to 35 last week as it defeated Purdue and No. 18 Harvard on the Hellman Tennis Courts.