No. 4 Cal Hosts No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 USC & No. 15 UCLA
April 15, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The #4 California women's tennis team (17-4, 4-1, Pac-10), off to its best 21-match start since 1999, winds down its regular season slate by hosting a trio of Top 15 conference matches. The Bears tackle top-ranked Stanford Wednesday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m., #2 USC Friday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. and #15 UCLA Saturday, April 19 at noon. All three matches will take place at Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley.
THE LAST TIME: The Bears enter this week as the #4-ranked team in the nation, while the men's squad checks in at #2 in the country. The last time that both the men's and women's teams were simultaneously ranked in the Top 5 of the USTA/ITA rankings was Sept. 18, 1991.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Bears dropped two of their past three matches after recording an 11-match win streak - the team's best since 1993. Overall, the team has compiled an impressive 184-84 (.687) record in singles and a 74-30 (.711) mark in doubles. Junior All-American #7 Raquel Kops-Jones leads the squad in victories with a career high in wins at 31-13 overall. Junior Jody Scheldt has also posted career numbers, entering this week on a 12-match win streak with a 22-6 overall record. In doubles competition, #3 Kops-Jones and senior Christina Fusano pace the squad with a 24-8 overall mark and 16-4 in dual match play.
PAC-10 PLAY: In one of the toughest conference's in the country, Cal has garnered a 4-1 Pac-10 record, with its only loss coming to Arizona (4/12), 4-3. In dual match conference play, the Bears own a 39-20 (.661) mark in singles competition and a 21-9 (.700) ledger in doubles play. Juniors #53 Jieun Jacobs and Nicole Havlicek lead the squad in conference dual play with 7-3 records, while all three top doubles combinations are also 7-3.
LAST WEEK vs. ASU/ARIZONA: The Bears kicked off the weekend with a 5-2 victory over #16 Arizona State, completing a season sweep of the Sun Devils for the first time since 1999. The Bears claimed the doubles point by winning two of three matches and finished up by taking four of six singles contests. On Saturday, Cal was shocked by #39 Arizona, 4-3, for its first conference defeat of the year. The Wildcats seized the doubles point by taking two of three, including an upset victory over #3 Fusano/Kops-Jones on court one. Arizona kept on rolling in singles play, recording upset victories on the top two courts over #7 Kops-Jones and #31 Fusano, respectively, en route to the victory.
ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal owns the #1 spot in the rankings, checking in this week with a 17-1 overall record and 5-0 in the Pac-10. In its five conference victories, Stanford has dropped just two matches overall. The Cardinal boast five players ranked in the Top 120, including three in the Top 15. #4 Amber Liu heads the list that includes: #9 Alice Barnes, #14 Lauren Barnikow, #35 Erin Burdette and #119 Emilia Anderson.
ABOUT USC: The Trojans, ranked #2 in the country, own a 19-3 overall record and 5-1 slate in Pac-10 play. #5 Jewel Peterson leads the Women of Troy with a 25-11 overall record, including 14-7 in dual match play. Three other players made the Top 120 as #30 Luana Magnani, #64 Maureen Diaz and #120 Melissa Esmero round out the list.
ABOUT UCLA: The Bruins hold a #15 national ranking with a 13-8 overall record, 4-2 in Pac-10 play. The Bears defeated UCLA, 6-1, in their last meeting in Los Angeles. #12 Sara Walker heads a list of four Top 80 players, with a 17-10 overall record and 8-6 in dual match play. #23 Jackie Carleton leads the squad in overall wins with a 23-11 mark, #71 Susi Wild paces the team in dual victories at 16-5 and Sarah Gregg checks in at #77.