No. 10 Bears Defeat No. 9 Pepperdine, 4-2
March 2, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 10-ranked women's tennis team defeated No. 9 Pepperdine at the Hellman Tennis Courts, improving its record to 5-2 (2-2 in Pac-10).
Cal made significant lineup changes in singles, moving sophomore co-captain Christina Fusano into the top spot for the first time, matching her up with No. 14-ranked Ipek Senoglu of Pepperdine. Fusano wore Senoglu down, forcing her to make unforced errors and fall behind early in the match. Fusano took every advantage, downing Senoglu in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, and took the first singles point of the afternoon, setting the tone for the Bears.
Raquel Kops-Jones played at the No. 2 spot for the Bears for the first time, yet Kops-Jones could not top Pepperdine's Paola Palencia. Kops-Jones rallied to overcome a 6-1 first set loss, going up 6-1 in the second, however, Palencia defeated her with an identical 6-1 third set.
Senior Anita Kurimay made her first appearance at the No. 3 spot for the Bears, in this her second singles match of the season. Kurimay struggled in the second set, yet rebounded to knock out Cintia Tortorella, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Jieun Jacobs and Catherine Lynch tallied wins at No. 4 and 5, while Nicole Havlicek dropped a point at the No. 6 spot. Havlicek won the first set, 6-2, however, fell behind in identical 6-3 second and third sets to Anh Nguyen.
Both teams opted to forego the doubles competition, utilizing the break in the storm to play singles.
No. 1 Christina Fusano def. Ipek Senoglu, 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 Paola Palencia def. Raquel Kops-Jones, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
No. 3 Anita Kurimay def. Cintia Tortorella, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Jieun Jacobs def. Monika Horvath, 7-5, 7-6
No. 5 Catherine Lynch def. Charlotte Vernaz, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
No. 6 Anh Nguyen def. Nicole Havlicek, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.