No. 7 Women's Tennis Hosts NCAA Regional Championships
April 30, 2001
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REVIEW: The No. 7-ranked Cal women's tennis team (14-6, 4-4 Pac-10) traveled to Ojai, CA for the Pac-10 Championships, April 26-29, for a chance at team as well as individual titles. Cal entered eight singles players and four doubles teams in the weekend's two tournament brackets: the Pac-10 Championship Tournament draw and the Invitational Tournament draw. In the Pac-10 Tournament, Cal's three singles players had their hands full in the tournament's lofty competition. Freshman Jieun Jacobs advanced to the second round of the 32-player draw, yet fell to USC's Maureen Diaz in the Round of 16. Sophomore co-captain Christina Fusano tallied two wins and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to ASU's Adria Engel, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Freshman Raquel Kops-Jones advanced the furthest, making her way to the Pac-10 singles championship match against Engel on Sunday, April 29. After knocking out four opponents in straight sets, Kops-Jones could not grab a set from Engel, who won the championship, 7-5, 6-2. In doubles, Cal's only duo in the Pac-10 championship draw was the duo of Nicole Havlicek and Jieun Jacobs. Havlicek and Jacobs won their first round match, 8-4, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 16-team draw, yet the duo fell to ASU's Brown and McCoury, 9-8.
INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN REVIEW: Cal's five singles players and three doubles teams represented the Bears in the Pac-10 Invitational tournament draw. In singles competition, two of five Bears were knocked out during the first round of competition, including freshmen Sekita Grant and Kristen Case. Sophomore Morisa Yang defeated UCLA's Chelsea Godbey in the first round, yet was knocked out by USC's Krissy Hamilton, 6-1, 6-4, in the Round of 16. Cal's freshman sparkplug Catherine Lynch advanced to the quarterfinals with two solid straight-set victories, however, Lynch surrendered to UW's Erin Hoe, 6-1, 6-2. One of the biggest surprises came when freshman Nicole Havlicek grabbed three victories and made her way to the Invitational's semifinal match. Havlicek, who only played in seven dual matches this season fought her way to the semifinals with three victories, two coming in hard-fought three-set battles. Havlicek was finally taken down by USC's Melissa Esmero, 6-2, 6-1. In doubles, two of Cal's three tandems advanced to the semifinals of the tournament. Cal's duo of Kristen Case and Morisa Yang made it to the semis with an 8-5 victory and a bye, only to meet up with the Bear's other duo of Christina Fusano and Catherine Lynch. Lynch and Fusano tallied two solid victories in the first two rounds before taking down Case and Lynch in the semi's, 8-1. The duo would grab the Bears only championship of the weekend, with a 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Washington's duo of Erin Boisclair and Erin Hoe for the Invitational Tournament championship. The No. 7-Bears will now prepare for the NCAA Regional championships which Cal will host, May 12-13 at the Hellman Tennis Courts.
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 eight 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, April 7, when they defeated UCLA, 5-2.
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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