No. 2 Cal Travels to the Desert to Face Arizona State, Arizona
April 8, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 2 California women's tennis team (16-3, 3-0, Pac-10) continues its four match road trip with a pair of contests in the desert vs. No. 12 Arizona State Friday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. and Arizona Saturday, April 12 at noon. The Bears are looking for a season sweep of the Arizona schools, as Cal claimed both matches in Berkeley in early March. Both contests will count towards conference records.
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: Top-ranked USC snapped the Bears' 11-match win streak, it's longest since the 1993 squad claimed 15 straight, Saturday, April 5 in Los Angeles. The 16-3 record to start the season is the team's best since 1999 when the squad also went 16-3 to start the season, ending the year with a 20-5 overall record and a NCAA Semifinal appearance. This 2003 squad is turning heads, especially on the doubles courts where the Bears have compiled a 71-27 (.724) overall record while claiming 16 of 19 possible doubles points. The fifth-ranked tandem of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano lead the pack with a 22-7 overall record and a 10-match winning streak. In singles play, Cal has compiled a 177-79 (.691) overall record, and an 80-30 (.727) mark through 19 dual matches. Ninth-ranked Kops-Jones leads the charge in singles action with a 31-11 overall record - besting 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. Top-ranked USC leads the pack while Cal and Stanford check in tied at No. 2, UCLA at No. 7 and Washington at No. 9. 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).
LAST WEEK vs. UCLA/USC: The Bears kicked off the weekend in style, completing a tidy 6-1 victory over No. 7 UCLA. The Bruins claimed two of three doubles contests for their only point of the day, while ending the Bears' winning doubles streak at 10. In singles play, Cal swept the six contests as No. 36 Fusano upset No. 23 Jackie Carleton and No. 90 Catherine Lynch upset No. 79 Sarah Gregg. On Saturday vs. No. 1 USC, Cal regained its doubles form and swept the three matches to earn the early point. The Bears then jumped out to a 3-0 lead after Lynch and Jody Scheldt won their respective matches. But it was not meant to be as the Trojans won the next four singles matches to edge Cal, 4-3, ending the Bears' 11-match win streak in the process.
ABOUT ASU: The Sun Devils (9-6, 2-3, Pac-10) enter this week as the 12th-ranked team in the nation led by No. 14 Adria Engel. Engel leads the squad in dual wins (11-4) and overall wins (21-10) while posting a 3-2 record in Pac-10 dual play. Engel combines with Lauren Colalillo as the 29th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation with a 6-8 dual match record.
ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats are 6-10 overall (1-4, Pac-10) with a No. 45 national ranking. Arizona places three singles players in the nation's Top 75 led by #20 Emilie Scribot. Dianne Hollands checks in at #45 while Maja Mlakar holds the #75 spot.
COURT FOUR: No. 4 singles has been the mainstay of the 2003 singles success, as Lynch (4-1), Jacobs (9-2) and Havlicek (3-0) have totaled a 16-3 (.842) mark