No. 2 Cal (16-3, 3-0) falls to Top-Ranked USC, End Win Streak at 11
April 5, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - The top-ranked USC Trojans snapped the Bears' 11-match win streak this afternoon, April 5, with a 4-3 decision over California (16-3, 3-0, Pac-10) at the Marks Tennis Center in Los Angeles. The Golden Bears swept the doubles competition, but lost four of the six singles matches in the loss.
A day after falling 7-0 to the nation's other No. 2-ranked team, Stanford, the top-ranked Trojans came out on a mission, but it wasn't immediate success. After dropping the doubles point to UCLA yesterday for the first time since a Feb. 22 meeting with Stanford, Cal swept the three doubles matches to earn the all-important point and the 1-0 lead. The fifth-ranked tandem of Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones continued their torrid play with their 10th win in a row - this time defeating No. 18 Jewel Peterson and Tiffany Brymer, 9-7, on court one. On court two, the 41st-ranked pair of Jieun Jacobs and Jody Scheldt joined the 20-win club with their 8-6 decision over Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola. Nicole Havlicek and Catherine Lynch completed the sweep on court three, taking an 8-5 decision over Melissa Esmero and Carine Vermeulen to improve to 13-4 on the season.
With the 1-0 lead in hand, things got even better for the Bears. No. 90 Lynch put Cal up 2-0 with her 6-1, 6-3 straight set victory over Loyola on court four while Scheldt was taking care of business on No. 6 with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over No. 99 Esmero. The Bears seemed to have things in hand with the early 3-0 lead, but the Trojans were on the warpath.
No. 9 Kops-Jones was the first Cal player to fall, losing a 6-3, 6-4 decision to No. 6 Peterson on the top court, ending her win streak at six. No. 57 Jacobs, who hadn't suffered a defeat since Feb. 22 for 10 in a row, finally tasted the losing end of things with a 6-3, 7-6 loss to No. 84 Maureen Diaz on court three. USC was climbing back into the match, only down 3-2.
Things only got worse for the Golden Bears as Fusano failed to officially make it a 20-win year with a disheartening loss on court two, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, to No. 34 Magnani. With things tied at 3-3, it was up to Havlicek and Brymer on court five to decide the outcome of the match. After taking the first set, 7-5, Havlicek lost a hard-fought second set, 7-6, and eventually the match, 7-5, 6-7, 6-0, propelling the Trojans to their 18th victory of the season.
Cal continues its four match road trip with a trip to the desert to challenge No. 12 Arizona State Friday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. and Arizona Saturday, April 12 at noon.
RESULTNo. 2 California 3, No. 1 USC 4
SINGLESNo. 1 - #6 Jewel Peterson (USC) d. #9 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal), 6-3, 6-4No. 2 - #34 Luana Magnani (USC) d. #36 Christina Fusano (Cal), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3No. 3 - #84 Maureen Diaz (USC) d. #57 Jieun Jacobs (Cal), 6-3, 7-6No. 4 - #90 Catherine Lynch (Cal) d. Anita Loyola (USC), 6-1, 6-3No. 5 - Tiffany Brymer (USC) d. Nicole Havlicek (Cal), 7-5, 6-7, 6-0*No. 6 - Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. #99 Melissa Esmero (USC), 6-3, 6-4ORDER OF FINISH: 4, 6, 1, 3, 2, 5*Clinched the match
DOUBLES (California wins point)No. 1 - #5 Fusano/Kops-Jones (Cal) d. #18 Peterson/Brymer (USC), 9-7No. 2 - #41 Jacobs/Scheldt (Cal) d. Magnani/Loyola (USC), 8-6No. 3 - Havlicek/Lynch (Cal) d. Vermeulen/Esmero (USC), 8-5
Records - No. 2 California 16-3 (3-0, Pac-10), No. 1 USC 18-2