Kops-Jones, Fruttero Lead USA to Wins in Japan
June 16, 2003
TOKYO - Led by Cal's Raquel Kops-Jones and John Paul Fruttero, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association-USA All-Star Team picked up two victories in weekend matches against Waseda University and the Japan Collegiate All-Star Team in Ariake Coliseum.
|Cal's Raquel Kops-Jones (far left) and John Paul Fruttero (far right) helped the USA-ITA All-Stars sweep their matches in Japan.|
On Sunday, June 15, the ITA-USA All-Stars came from behind to beat the Japan All-Stars 4-3, and they edged Waseda 4-3 on Saturday, June 14. The ITA-USA All-Stars were taking part in the Centennial Celebration of Waseda's men's and women's varsity tennis programs (the matches were played on one court and used a co-ed format similar to World Team Tennis, consisting of men's and women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles).
Kops-Jones, this year's NCAA women's doubles champion, was instrumental in both wins. In Sunday's match against the Japan All-Stars, she notched wins in women's singles and doubles. She topped Eri Nozawa 6-0 in singles and teamed with Stanford's Keiko Tokuda to beat Juri Namigata and Masayo Hosokawa 7-5 in doubles (matches consisted of one 6-game set).
ITA-USA was still trailing 3-2 after Kops-Jones and Tokuda's doubles win, but pulled out the last two matches. Fruttero and Amer Delic, this year's NCAA men's singles champ from Illinois, picked up a win in men's doubles, then Fruttero teamed with Tokuda in mixed doubles, beating Atsushi Kanayama and Eri Omi 7-5 to clinch the victory.
Kops-Jones and Fruttero also paved the way to Saturday's win against Waseda. Kops-Jones supplied wins in singles and doubles (with Stanford's Tokuda). Delic and Fruttero notched a win in men's doubles and Delic beat Waseda senior George Miyao 7-6 (5) to close out the ITA-USA victory.
The ITA-USA All-Star Team was coached by Bob Bayliss of Notre Dame and Ann Lebedeff of Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) Colleges. It included 10 men and women from all the ITA's divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College): Adam Davidson of Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Delic of Illinois, Ryan Dunne of Florida Southern, Fruttero of California, Mary Ellen Gordon of Emory (Ga.), Kops-Jones of California, Amber Liu of Stanford, Leslie Stewart of Tyler (Texas) Junior College, Tokuda of Stanford and Todd Widom of Miami (Fla.). Tokuda, a 2002 Stanford graduate who played on three NCAA title teams, was a wild card addition to the team.
Waseda was the top-ranked team in Japan last year. The Japan All-Star Team consisted of the top players in the country from the following universities: Keio, Hosei, Tsukuba, Asia and Waseda.
June 14 (Match 1)
ITA-USA All-Stars 4, Waseda University 3
(matches listed in same order as they were played; U.S. players listed with school name)
Women's Singles - Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. Nozomi Arakawa (Waseda), 7-6 (6)
Men's Singles - Atsushi Kanayama (Waseda) def. Todd Widom (Miami), 7-5
Mixed Doubles - Yuka Fukui/Hiroshi Edo (Waseda) def. Kops-Jones/John Paul Fruttero (Cal/Cal), 6-4
Men's Doubles - Amer Delic/Fruttero (Illinois/Cal) def. Yamato Dono/Hiroki Sakai (Waseda), 6-4
Women's Doubles - Kops-Jones/Tokuda (Cal/Stanford) def. Eri Omi/Mao Tamanaka (Waseda), 6-2
Women's Singles - Juri Namigata (Waseda) def. Amber Liu (Stanford), 7-6 (3)
Men's Singles - Delic (Illinois) def. George Miao (Waseda), 7-6 (5)
June 15 (Match 2)
ITA-USA All-Stars 4, Japan All-Stars 3
Women's Singles - Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. Eri Nozawa (Japan), 6-0
Men's Singles - Masato Hatanaka (Japan) def. Todd Widom (Miami), 6-3
Women's Singles - Komugi Matsui (Japan) def. Amber Liu (Stanford), 7-6 (4)
Men's Singles - Masatoshi Miyazaki (Japan) def. Amer Delic (Illinois), 7-5
Women's Doubles - Kops-Jones/Keiko Tokuda (Cal/Stanford) def. Juri Namigata/Masayo Hosokawa (Japan), 7-5
Men's Doubles - Delic/John Paul Fruttero (Illinois/Cal) def. George Miyao/Yasuo Miyazaki (Japan), 6-3
Mixed Doubles - Fruttero/Tokuda (Cal/Stanford) def. Atsushi Kanayama/Eri Omi (Japan), 7-5