No. 12 Cal Hosts No. 18 USC and No. 29 UCLA
April 2, 2001
FRESNO STATE IN REVIEW: The No. 12-ranked California women's tennis team (12-2, 4-2 Pac-10) defeated No. 14 Fresno State, 6-1, on March 26, at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno. The Bulldogs only managed one singles point in their loss to the Bears, who now have solidified an undefeated record (8-0) during the month of March, including wins in eleven of their last twelve matches. The Bears snapped Fresno State's five match winning streak, while also handing them the first loss of the season at home. California recorded doubles victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots to claim the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead. Fresno State's No. 1 duo of Jardim and Niggemeyer (ranked No. 16) improved their overall record to 18-2 with an 8-3 win against California's team of Kurimay and Kops-Jones, who fall to 6-4 in dual match competition. The Golden Bears then proceeded to clinch the match, garnering wins at five of six singles spots. Each winning spot for the Bears was done so in straight sets, while the Bulldog's senior, Liesl Fichtbauer (ranked No. 41 nationally), notched the only win for the Bulldogs, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Fusano at the No. 2 spot. It was Fusano's second straight loss and only her third of the season at the No. 2 spot. Fresno State's all-american Kim Niggemeyer lost to Cal's all-american, Anita Kurimay at the No. 1 spot in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
A LOOK AT USC: The No. 18-ranked USC Trojans (13-5, 2-1 Pac-10) recently defeated UCLA, 6-1, at home, March 30. The Trojans swept the doubles point for the fifth time this season. Jewel Peterson holds down the No. 1 singles and doubles spots for the Trojans, and currently is ranked No. 27 by the ITA in singles. In their first meeting last year, April 7, Cal defeated then No. 10-ranked USC in Los Angeles, 5-4, behind three singles and two doubles points.
A LOOK AT UCLA: The No. 29-ranked UCLA Bruins (5-11, 2-1 Pac-10) recently fell to No. 17 Pepperdine, 4-3 at home on March 31, after losing to cross-town rival USC, 6-1, March 30. Sara Walker, is currently ranked No. 13 in singles by the ITA and holds down the No. 1 spot for the Bruins, however Walker failed to play in the match against Pepperdine due to injury. In other news, he Bruins tandem of Lauren Fisher and Petya Marinova are currently ranked No. 20 in doubles.
BEAR FACTS: The Golden Bears have solidified an undefeated record (8-0) in March. The Bears have won eight consecutive matches, including seven played at their own Hellman Tennis Courts. Cal defeated No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 23 Arizona, No. 67 Purdue, No. 5 Texas, No. 11 South Alabama, No. 12 Northwestern and No. 14 Fresno State. During the month of March, Cal played only one road match, in which they defeated Fresno State, 6-1. The Bears will continue their home court advantage when they host USC, UCLA and then Stanford. In addition, the Bears have won eleven of their last twelve matches overall.
NORTHWESTERN IN REVIEW: On March 24, Cal took their seventh win in a row by defeating No. 12-ranked Northwestern, 5-2. Cal took an early advantage, winning the doubles point to start the day. Kurimay teamed with Kops-Jones at No. 1, knocking out NW's tandem, 8-2. The Bears sealed the point when at No. 3, Fusano and Grant downed NW's Petrutiu and Barnes, 9-7, improving their dual match record to 8-1 as a tandem. In singles, Kops-Jones knocked out Piriou in straight sets at No. 3. Piriou had previously gone undefeated (14-0) in dual match competition. Northwestern and Cal traded the next three points as Jacobs fell in her first straight set loss since Stanford, Feb. 24. At No. 1, Kurimay defeated Cheng, rallying to overcome a first set loss. Fusano was the next to fall, as she lost to Lia Jackson at the No. 2 spot. Catherine Lynch and Sekita Grant were trying to seal the point for the Bears, as they played into the twilight knowing Cal had a 3-2 lead over the Wildcats. Grant sealed the win when she came back to defeat Ruth Barnes at No. 6 (1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4). Lynch then wore down Jessica Rush for a victory at 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.