No. 10 Cal Hosts Three Matches This Week
March 13, 2001
BERKELEY, CA -
ARIZONA IN REVIEW: The No. 10-ranked women's tennis team (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10) grabbed its first shutout of the season, in addition to a sweep of the Arizona schools, after downing the Wildcats, Mar. 10, at the Hellman Tennis Courts, 7-0. Cal started off the day, grabbing the doubles point after Kurimay/Kops Jones defeated Gough/ Regnier at the No. 1 spot (8-4), and Fusano/Grant defeated Taylor/Pernin at the No. 3 spot (8-1). In singles, all six players won in straight sets against their Arizona opponents. Senior all-american Anita Kurimay, who had been moving up the singles lineup the last three matches, held down the No. 1 spot for the Bears for the first time all season. Kurimay defeated No. 74-ranked Michell Gough of Arizona, 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Christina Fusano won at No. 2, defeating Debbie Larocque, 6-2, 6-4. At No. 5, freshman Catherine Lynch rebounded from a tough tie-breaker set loss to ASU's Mhairi Brown the day before, and had a strong outing against Arizona's Perrine Pernin, defeating her 6-4, 6-0.
ASU IN REVIEW: Cal grabbed a close 4-3 victory over No. 8-ranked ASU, Mar. 9, winning three singles points, but solidifying a point in doubles. Anita Kurimay and Raquel Kops-Jones sealed the point at No. 1 by knocking off ASU's tandem of Celena McCoury and Mhairi Brown, 8-4. Kurimay played at the No. 2 spot for the Bears in her third match of the year, knocking off ASU's Karin Palme in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Co-captain Christina Fusano played at the No. 1 spot for the Bears for the second time, however fell to Adria Engel, 7-5, 6-2. 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).
A LOOK AT PURDUE: The Purdue Boilermakers (3-8, 0-2 Big Ten) are coming off two losses to Northwester (7-0) and Illinois (6-1). Purdue's most recent win came Mar. 3, when they defeated SMU, 5-2. The Boilermaker's Erika Quebe defeated then No. 18-ranked Dee Dee Herring of SMU in a tough three set match, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
A LOOK AT TEXAS: The No. 9-ranked Texas Longhorns (9-1) recently defeated No. 11 Pepperdine, 4-3, on Mar. 12. Vladka Uhlirova held down the No. 1 spot for the Longhorns, defeating No. 21-ranked Ipek Senoglu of Pepperdine, 7-5, 6-3. Texas only loss of the season came, Mar. 4, against then No. 3-ranked Duke. The Longhorns lost to the Blue Devils, 4-3.
A LOOK AT SOUTH ALABAMA: The South Alabama Jaguars (13-1) recently defeated No. 11 Pepperdine, 6-1, on Mar. 9. The Jaguars head to Fresno State and Pacific before taking on the Bears at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Leading the Jaguars is Martina Ondrejkova, who is 10-0 at the No. 1 spot for South Alabama.
BEAR FACTS: The Golden Bears have been undefeated thus far in March. The Bears have won the first three of seven home matches to be played at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Cal defeated No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 8 Arizona State, and No. 23 Arizona. During the month of March, Cal will only play one road match. The Bears will have a home court advantage in seven of their eight matches this month.
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.