No. 12 California to Host NCAA Regional Action Friday and Saturday
May 6, 2002
BEARS HOST NCAA REGIONAL ACTION: This week, the team (12-9, 3-5) returns to action for the first time in three weeks, challenging BYU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Fresno State and Washington State will also be duking it out in Berkeley for the right to face the winner of the Cal/BYU match.
MATCH ONE: FIRST ROUND
Friday, 11:00 a.m.
No. 12 California vs. No. 45 BYU
MATCH TWO: FIRST ROUND
Friday, 2:00 p.m.
No. 25 Fresno State vs. No. 27 Washington State
MATCH THREE: SECOND ROUND
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
WINNER OF MATCH ONE vs. WINNER OF MATCH TWO
THREE BEARS TO COMPETE FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Sophomores Raquel Kops-Jones (No. 22, 26-16) and Catherine Lynch (No. 45, 25-9) were selected to compete for the NCAA Singles Championship. In addition, junior Christina Fusano (No. 52, 24-9) was selected as the fourth-alternate. In doubles, Kops-Jones will join with Jody Scheldt (No. 20, 10-11) in pursuit of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
THE SKINNY ON THE NCAA TEAM POST-SEASON: The first two rounds of the 64-team draw are held at various campuses around the country. The team that wins its regional action will then advance to the NCAA Championship, which kicks off with the Round of 16 next Thursday at Stanford University.
ABOUT BYU: Brigham Young University (10-13) is currently ranked No. 45 in the nation by the ITA. The Cougars feature one ranked doubles tandem in senior Brooke Beverly and Dominique Reynolds, who are ranked 43rd with a 10-6 dual record. Cal boasts a 6-3 all-time advantage over the Cougars, who they have not faced since 1990. The Bears beat up on BYU, 5-2, in that match.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: California State University, Fresno (15-5), ranked 25th, features a trio of ranked singles players, along with one doubles team. No. 41 Chloe Carlotti (18-7 dual), No. 42 Kim Niggemeyer (14-9) and No. 123 Simone Jardim (18-5) lead the way for the Bulldogs. Niggemeyer and Jardim are also the ITA's 10th-ranked pair with an 18-4 dual record. BYU has never beaten the Bears in 29 tries. Most recently, Cal dropped the Bulldogs, 6-1 at Hellman on March 16 of this year.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: No. 27 Washington State University (11-10) features a pair of ranked singles players and one doubles tandem. No. 50 Erica Perkins (11-9) and No. 80 Stacy McKenna (12-9) are ranked No. 12 together in doubles, where they hold down the top court for the Cougars. Cal holds the all-time edge on WSU with a 7-1 record. The last time that the Bears and the Cougars met, Washington State came away with a 5-2 upset over Cal in Pullman on March 29.
KOPS-JONES AND FUSANO CLAIM PAC-10 DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP, LEAP TO 22ND IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Sophomore Raquel Kops-Jones and junior team captain Christina Fusano had never played doubles together before, but that didn't stop the pair from claiming the Pac-10 doubles championship. In their quest for the conference crown, Kops-Jones and Fusano faced the ITA's No. 11, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 5 tandems. For their efforts, the Bear pair was ranked No. 22 in the nation.
KOPS-JONES AND FUSANO'S PATH TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
def. No. 11 Engel/Brown (ASU), 8-2Quarterfinalsdef. No. 4 Marinova/Walker (UCLA), 8-5Semifinalsdef. No. 6 Brymer/Peterson (USC), 9-7
def. No. 5 Bradley/Fisher (UCLA), 8-6