No. 7 Bears Host No. 10 Pepperdine
Feb. 26, 2001
STANFORD IN REVIEW: On Feb. 25, the No. 1 Cardinal hosted No. 7-ranked Cal (4-2, 2-2 in Pac-10) at the Taube Family Tennis Center. Stanford began the match by sweeping the doubles matches for the first point of the competition. Each of the three Stanford wins came by identical 8-4 scores. In singles action, Laura Granville, the third-ranked player in the nation, cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over No. 47-ranked freshman Kops-Jones at No. 1 spot. At No. 3, Gabriela Lastra defeated freshman Jieun Jacobs, 6-0, 6-2, while Keiko Tokuda defeated freshman Sekita Grant at No. 5 (6-3, 6-3). Sophomore Christina Fusano who was flawless in dual match competition, fell to Lauren Kalvaria in a tough three set match, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Cal's lone point of the match came at No. 6 singles, where Kurimay defeated Stanford's Emilia Anderson, 6-1, 6-3. This was Kurimay's first appearance in the singles lineup since last season.
BEARS SEASON IN REVIEW: Starting off dual competition in January, the No. 6-ranked California women's tennis team started their dual season in Oregon, where the Bears handed the ducks a 6-1 loss. Coming home, Jan. 26-27 to host Washington and Washington State, Cal split their dual home opener. In their matchup with the Huskies, the Bears fell, 4-3, despite having a more powerful squad. Cal, which boasts perennially powerful doubles tandems, could not grab the doubles point against Washington. Against the Cougars, the Bears rebounded with a 5-2 victory at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Cal traveled to San Diego State and the University of San Diego two weeks later, Feb. 9-10. The Bears lost only one singles point in both contests, grabbing 6-1 victories in both matches. In San Diego, not one winning singles player dropped a set to their opponent. Apart from co-captains senior Anita Kurimay and sophomore Christina Fusano, the Bears have taken advantage of their strong freshman class, rotating five freshmen in singles and doubles during the last four contests.
A LOOK AT NO. 10 PEPPERDINE: The No. 10-ranked Pepperdine Waves (5-3) have strength in No. 14-ranked senior Ipek Senoglu. Senoglu has been holding down the No. 1 spot for the Waves, going 4-4 in singles. In doubles, Senoglu teams with Paola Palencia at No. 1, and the duo is currently ranked by the ITA as the No. 4 team in the country. .A strong win for Pepperdine came when they defeated the No. 18-ranked UCLA Bruins, 5-2, on Feb. 10 in Malibu, CA. The waves will travel to take on UCLA again on Feb. 27 at the Los Angeles Tennis center in Westwood, CA before traveling north to take on the Bears, March 2.
FALL 2000 IN REVIEW: The Bears saw early progress in the freshmen, as Nicole Havlicek won the back draw championship at the Thunderbird Invite, while Raquel Kops-Jones advanced to the back draw semifinals of the ITA All-American championships and the semifinals of the Fresno State Invite. At the St. Mary's Invitational, freshman Sekita Grant won the back draw championship, and teaming up with Morisa Yang, saw another championship as the duo won the doubles title. The ITA Regional Championships were last on the fall schedule, as Havlicek and freshman Jieun Jacobs defeated a Washington team in the quarters before falling to the No. 2 duo from Stanford. In singles. Kops-Jones earned a No. 38 ranking at the end of the fall, while senior Anita Kurimay, the team's No. 1 singles player, sat out a majority of fall cometition due to severe shin splints, playing in her first match at the ITA Regional Championships in doubles. The Bears finished the fall ranked No. 5.
HEAD COACH JAN BROGAN: Jan Brogan is in her 23rd season at the helm of the California women's tennis team. The most successful coach in Cal tennis history and the winningest female coach in NCAA tennis history, Brogan surpassed the 400-win plateau this last year and has established a career dual match record of 417-165 (.716) during her tenure with the Bears. The U.S. women's head coach at the 1995 World University Games and National Coach of the Year in 1990, Brogan has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country, guiding the Bears to 19 NCAA appearances and 17 Top 10 finishes since 1982. Brogan has also produced a pair of national champion doubles teams, 47 All-Americans, 14 first team All-Pac-10 selections and three conference player of the year honorees during her career.
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