Cal's Kops-Jones to Represent Bears at Omni National Indoors

Nov. 6, 2002

Farmers Branch, Texas - The 2002 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the second of three national championships for collegiate tennis this season, will be taking place in the Dallas area this week, November 7-10. Junior Raquel Kops-Jones will represent the University of California in singles, while she teams up with senior Christina Fusano in doubles competition.

In the first round, No. 18 Kops-Jones will face No. 17 Mira Radu of Mississippi at 10:00 a.m. (CST) in women's singles action. In doubles competition, the No. 6 duo of Kops-Jones/Fusano squares off against the No. 25-ranked pair of Delia Causevic and Emily Marker of Maryland at 3:00 p.m. (CST).

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournaments for Division I men and women, are presented by The Dallas Morning News and have been hosted by SMU at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch since 1994.

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from Omni Hotels Regional Championships held across the country during October, the Omni Hotels National Small College champions, the winners of the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the Omni Hotels Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978 and recent champions and finalists include up-and-coming professionals Bea Bielik (Wake Forest), James Blake (Harvard), Laura Granville (Stanford), Marissa Irvin (Stanford), Jeff Morrison (Florida) and Alex Kim (Stanford). Longtime pros Todd Martin (Northwestern) and Lisa Raymond (Florida) are also among the past singles champions.

Wake Forest's Bielik captured the 2001 Omni Hotels women's singles title and Minnesota's Harsh Mankad collected the men's singles title. Stanford's Gabriela Lastra and Lauren Kalvaria claimed the women's doubles title and San Diego State's Oliver Maiberger and Ryan Redondo took home the men's doubles title. Maiberger and Redondo will be back again to defend their title.

Complete draws can be found at


Thursday, November 7Women's Singles - First Round - Begins at 8:30 a.m.Followed byWomen's Doubles - First Round and Quarterfinals(players who lose in the first round will move to a consolation bracket)

Friday, November 8Women's Singles - Second Round and Quarterfinals - Begins at 8:30 a.m.Follow byMen's Doubles - SemifinalsWomen's Doubles - Semifinals

Saturday, November 9Women's Singles - Semifinals at 10 a.m.Women's Doubles - Final (following men's final)

Sunday, November 10Women's Singles - Final at Noon

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