No. 9 Women's Tennis Travels to SoCal for Last Two Matches

April 16, 2001

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ARIZONA STATE IN REVIEW: The No. 9-ranked women's tennis team (14-4, 4-3 Pac-10) prepare for their matchups with the Los Angeles schools this week, returning from their road trip after falling to No. 14 ASU, Saturday, April 14, at the Whiteman Tennis Center, 4-3. ASU won the doubles point by taking two of the three needed matches. On the No. 3 court, the Devils' Engel teamed up with DeVera for an 8-5 victory over Christina Fusano and Sekita Grant. ASU sealed the team point after Cindy Sureephong and Megan Yeats defeated Cal's No. 16 duo of Jieun Jacobs and Nicole Havlicek minutes later on the No. 2 court, 8-6. In a doubles match that took nearly two hours, the Bears' No. 22 tandem of Anita Kurimay and Raquel Kops-Jones rallied after being down, 5-2, to beat ASU's No. 28-ranked Celena McCoury and Mhairi Brown on the No. 1 court, 8-6. In singles action, the Devils got help from the No. 1, 4, and 6 courts to sneak by the Golden Bears. ASU's No. 12 Adria Engel disposed of Cal's Anita Kurimay on the No. 1 court, 7-5, 6-4, and freshman Cindy Sureephong defeated Sekita Grant on the No. 6 court, 6-1, 6-2. After losing the first set, 4-6, ASU's Faye DeVera notched the other Devil win on the fourth court by stealing the last two sets of her match over Cal's Jieun Jacobs, 6-1, 6-1.

ARIZONA IN REVIEW: The University of Arizona women's tennis fell to the No. 9 University of California, 6-1, Friday, April 13, at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Arizona claimed the doubles point, when No. 2 Debbie Larocque and Laresa Marino defeated Cal's Jieun Jacobs and Nicole Havlicek, 8-6. Arizona's Perrine Pernin and Jo Buczkowska added a victory at the No. 3 doubles spot, over Christina Fusano and Sekita Grant, 8-4. UA fell in every singles match..

A LOOK AT UCLA: The No. 38-ranked UCLA Bruins (5-16, 2-5 Pac-10) were recently swept by Washington and WSU this past weekend, fall to the Cougars for the first time in school history, 4-3. The Bruins are on a five-match losing streak and have not won a match since defeating Loyola Marymount, 6-1, on March 27. In their last meeting, the Bears handed UCLA a 5-2 defeat at the Hellman Tennis Courts. Cal won all three doubles matches, and all four of Cal's wins in singles came in straight sets, with Anita Kurimay sealing the win at the No. 1 court.

A LOOK AT USC: The No. 19-ranked USC Trojans (16-6, 4-2 Pac-10) are coming a recent sweep of the Washington schools up north, including a big 4-3 victory over No. 13-ranked Washington, April 14. USC's 12th-ranked duo of Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson, have been playing well, giving the Trojans a solid boost in doubles play. The last meeting with USC was cancelled due to rain, thus this will be the first meeting between the two schools and it will be considered a Pac-10 contest, although Cal's matchup with UCLA will not.

BEAR FACTS: The Golden Bears solidified an undefeated record (8-0) in March. From March 2 to April 7, the Bears won nine 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, No. 14 Fresno State and No. 29 UCLA. During the month of March, Cal played only one road match, in which they defeated Fresno State, 6-1. The Bears then continued their home-court mastery when they defeated UCLA, 5-2. In addition, Cal has won thirteen of its last sixteen matches, falling twice within four days to No. 1 Stanford and No. 14 Arizona State.

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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