No. 10 Cal Wins Battle of the Bay, Edges No. 1 Stanford 4-3
Feb. 7, 2003
Madison, Wis. - The 10th-ranked California women's tennis team completed one of its greatest victories ever, upsetting long time nemesis No. 1 Stanford, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships at A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. The win sets up a semifinal showdown with No. 4 Duke Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m.
With the victory the Bears reach the USTA/ITA semis for the third time ever, and defeated the cross-bay rival for only the sixth time in 54 all-time meetings with the Cardinal. Its last win over Stanford came on Feb. 27, 1999. Cal improves to 4-0 on the year while Stanford falls to 3-1, and more importantly suffers only its second defeat in the last 62 matches.
The Bears kicked it into gear early, claiming the doubles point with wins on courts No. 2 and 3. Catherine Lynch and Nicole Havlicek improved to 3-0 on the year with their 8-5 victory over Emilia Anderson and Story Tweedie-Yates on court No. 3. On the second court, Jieun Jacobs and Jody Scheldt turned in an 8-5 performance as well, defeating Alice Barnes and Amber Liu. In the battle of the Top 10s, the Bears fourth-ranked pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano took their first loss of the year with an 8-5 defeat at the hands of eighth-ranked Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette.
Cal carried the momentum onto the singles courts, taking a quick 2-0 lead as 12th-ranked Kops-Jones' made quick work of Stanford's top player No. 17 Amber Liu, 6-3, 6-2. The teams then traded victories until Stanford reeled off consecutive wins on courts two and four, tying the match at 3-3. Cal's No. 34 Fusano suffered her first loss of the year, falling 6-2, 6-2 to No. 25 Lauren Barnikow on court two. Jacobs followed suit with her first defeat as well, getting tripped-up by No. 13 Alice Barnes to tie the match. But the Bears persevered as Nicole Havlicek turned in a gritty performance on court No. 6 to hold off the Stanford rally, clinching the victory with her 7-5, 6-2 win over Tweedie-Yates.
The Bears return to action tomorrow, Feb. 8 in a semifinal matchup with No. 4 Duke at 1:30 p.m. Duke will be making its third straight USTA/ITA semifinal appearance and seventh in eight years.
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RESULTNo. 10 California (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) 4, No. 1 Stanford (3-1, 0-1 Pac-10) 3
SINGLES1. No. 12 Raquel Kops-Jones (CAL) df. No. 17 Amber Liu (STAN), 6-3, 6-22. No. 25 Lauren Barnikow (STAN) def. No. 34 Christina Fusano (CAL), 6-2, 6-23. No. 30 Erin Burdette (STAN) def. No. 46 Catherine Lynch (CAL), 5-7, 6-4, 6-34. No. 13 Alice Barnes (STAN) def. No. 54 Jieun Jacobs (CAL), 6-0, 6-45. Jody Scheldt (CAL) df. Emilia Anderson (STAN), 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-36. Nicole Havlicek (CAL) df. Story Tweedie-Yates (STAN), 7-5, 6-2ORDER OF FINISH (singles): 1, 3, 5, 2, 4, 6
DOUBLES1. No. 8 Barnikow/Burdette (STAN) def. No. 4 Kops-Jones / Fusano (CAL), 8-52. Jacobs/Scheldt (CAL) def. Barnes/Liu (STAN), 8-53. Lynch/Havlicek (CAL) df. Anderson/Tweedie-Yates (STAN), 8-5
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