Kops-Jones Loses in First Round at Indoor Championships

Nov. 7, 2002

Farmers Branch, Texas - Junior Raquel Kops-Jones, the lone representative for the Golden Bears in singles competition, dropped her first round match today, falling in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(4), to Mississippi's No. 17 Mira Radu at the at the Omni Hotels Indoor Championships in Farmers Branch, Texas.

In doubles competition, the No. 6 duo of Kops-Jones/Fusano fared better, defeating the No. 25-ranked pair of Delia Causevic and Emily Marker of Maryland in the first round. In the quarterfinals, Kops-Jones and Fusano dropped the fourth-seeded tandem of Alexis Gordon and Julia Scaringe of Florida, 8-3, to advance to the semifinals. The win sets up a meeting with Washington's Claire Carter and Darija Klaic tomorrow afternoon for the right to play for the championship. If the Bear duo should win, they would face the winner between Urska Juric/Katka Sevcikova of Missouri and Jenny Kuhn/Julie Smekodub of Tulane.

Kops-Jones moves on to the singles consolation bracket, where she will face Florida's Julie Rotondi at 8:30 a.m. (CST) on Friday, Nov. 8. Rotondi was a first round loser, dropping her match to Tulane's Julie Smekodub in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

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.

Complete match results can be found at www.itatennis.com.


Thursday, Nov. 7 - Women's Singles (First Round)Mira Radu, Mississippi def. Raquel Kops-Jones, Cal, 6-4, 7-6(4)Thursday, Nov. 7 - Women's Doubles (First Round)Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones, California def. Delia Causevic/Emily Marker, Maryland, 8-5Thursday, Nov. 7 - Women's Doubles (Quarterfinals)Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones, California, def. No. 4 Alexis Gordon/Julia Scaringe, Florida, 8-3Friday, Nov. 8 - Women's Doubles (Semifinals)Claire Carter/Darija Klaic, Washington vs. Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones, CaliforniaFriday, Nov. 8 - Women's Singles Consolation (First Round)Raquel Kops-Jones, Cal vs. Julie Rotondi, Florida, 8:30 a.m.
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