Kops-Jones, Fusano Win NCAA Doubles Title

May 24, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The California doubles tandem of junior Raquel Kops-Jones and senior Christina Fusano completed their run through the field Saturday, capturing the NCAA women's doubles title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kentucky's Sarah Witten and Amy Trefethen.

The win marks the fourth time in the past six years that a Cal duo has won the NCAA doubles crown. Amy Jensen and Amanda Augustus teamed for championships in 1998 and 1999, while Jensen and partner Claire Curran won in 2000.

'We came in thinking it was just another match to not have as many nerves as possible,' Fusano said. 'We were really confident heading into the final, because we had been playing well throughout the tournament. I didn't try to think of the score throughout the match. We just wanted to take it one moment at a time and just focus on what we needed to do next.'

Kops-Jones and Fusano were seeded 5-8 in the 32-team draw and did not drop a set in five NCAA matches.

'We have only played for a year, so we are relatively young as a group,' said Kops-Jones, who also reached the quarterfinals in singles. 'Christina is a senior and I wanted to win this so she could go out on top. It's been a great thrill playing with her. I've learned a lot from her. She is a great competitor.'

By winning the match, the Bears also earned a berth in this year's U.S. Open in New York.

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