No. 10 Cal Defeats No. 8 Arizona State, 4-3
March 9, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 10-ranked women's tennis team (6-2, 3-2 Pac-10) defeated a talented Sun Devil team (9-2, 3-2 Pac-10) today at the Hellman Tennis Courts, 4-3.
Cal started off the day on a positive note after two doubles tandems captured the doubles point for the Bears. Senior Anita Kurimay and freshman Raquel Kops-Jones sealed the point at No. 1 by knocking off ASU's tandem of Celena McCoury and Mhairi Brown, 8-4.
Cal changed its singles lineup, placing Kurimay at the No. 2 spot for the Bears in this her third match of the year. She had previously gone 2-0 in dual competition at the No. 3 and No. 6 spots for Cal. Kurimay showed her veteran abilities, knocking off ASU's Karin Palme in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Sophomore co-captain Christina Fusano played at the No. 1 spot for the Bears for the second time this year, however Fusano fell to Adria Engel, 7-5, 6-2.
Cal faltered at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, as freshmen Catherine Lynch and Sekita Grant could not get past their opponents. Freshman Raquel Kops-Jones, who had played six matches at No. 1, played at the No. 3 spot for the first time this year, handily defeating ASU's Meagan Yeats in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The third singles point for the Bears came at No. 4, where freshman Jieun Jacobs knocked out ASU's Faye DeVera, 6-4, 7-6(3).
Cal will host the No. 23-ranked Arizona Wildcats tomorrow at 12 noon at the Hellman Tennis Courts.
Arizona State: 3
No. 1 Adria Engel (ASU) def. Christina Fusano (Cal), 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 Anita Kurimay (Cal) def. Karin Palme (ASU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. Meagan Yeats (ASU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Jieun Jacobs (Cal) def. Faye DeVera (ASU), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
No. 5 Mhairi Brown (ASU) def. Catherine Lynch (Cal), 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 (tie breaker set)
No. 6 Cindy Sureephong (ASU) def. Sekita Grant (Cal), 6-4, 6-3
No. 1 Raquel Kops-Jones/Anita Kurimay (Cal) def. Celena McCoury/Mhairi Brown (ASU), 8-4
No. 2 Adria Engel/Karin Palme (ASU) def. Jieun Jacobs/Nicole Havlicek (Cal), 8-4
No. 3 Christina Fusano/Sekita Grant (Cal) def. Meagan Yeats/Cindy Sureephong (ASU), 8-1