Bears Throttle Santa Clara in Season Opener

Jan. 31, 2002

BERKELEY - The Cal women's tennis team (1-0) opened up its season today at Hellman Tennis Complex in top form, throttling the visiting Santa Clara Broncos (2-2). When the smoke cleared, the Bear women had taken the day by a resounding 7-1 score.

Three Cal women made their regular season debut on Thursday. Sophomores Jody Scheldt and Kristin Case, along with freshman Rio Del Rosario. Scheldt played last season for the University of Iowa, and opened the day with Raquel Kops-Jones on the first doubles court, defeating the Bronco team of Kaloi and Zimbers by an 8-4 score. Scheldt performed well on the singles court as well, splitting the first two sets 7-5, 5-7 before SCU's Nicle McCord retired with Scheldt leading the third by 2-1.

Case was with the team last season, but did not compete in a dual meet during the 2001 campaign. She was selected, however, to play Bronco Pati Ruiz on the fifth court, and did not disappoint, winning in a pair of 6-2 sets.

Del Rosario, who was Case's partner in doubles, spent her day on the sixth court, also winning in a pair of straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

The team is back in action on Saturday, February 9, at Hellman agains Nevada.


Kops-Jones def. Limbers 6-2, 6-4
Fusano def. Kawakami, 6-0, 6-4
Havlicek def. Kaloi, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6
Scheldt def. McCord, 7-5, 5-7, 2-1 (ret)
Case def. Ruiz, 6-2, 6-2
Del Rosario def. Cochrane, 6-4, 6-4

Kops-Jones/Scheldt def. Kaloi/Zimbers 8-4
Fusano/Havlicek def. McCord/Kawakami 8-1
Cambell/Siegel def. Case/Del Rosario 8-6

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