No. 4 Cal Hosts No. 16 Fresno State, No. 12 UNC & No. 13 Texas
March 11, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 4 California women's tennis team (8-2) looks to continue its 30-match home non-conference winning streak as it hosts No. 16 Fresno State Wednesday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m., No. 12 North Carolina Thursday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 13 Texas Saturday, March 15 at noon.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Bears enter a seven-match home streak this week, first with five non-conference matchups, followed by the first two Pac-10 matches of the season. No. 56 Jieun Jacobs paces the team in dual match play with an 8-2 record while No. 13 Raquel Kops-Jones and No. 45 Christina Fusano both are 7-3. On the doubles front, the No. 13 Kops-Jones/Fusano pair and the Jacobs/Jody Scheldt tandem both lead the squad with 7-3 records.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: Cal has never lost to Fresno State in 30 previous meetings. Last season, Cal defeated the Bulldogs twice, with the last being a 4-1 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs enter this match ranked No. 16 in the nation, and have opened 2003 with a 5-4 record. No. 11 Chloe Carlotti leads Fresno State on the top court with an 8-1 dual match record.
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA: Cal and North Carolina have only met once before, with the Bears scoring a 4-1 victory May 13, 2001 in the NCAA Round of 32. The Tarheels enter this weekend as the No. 12 team in the nation with an overall record of 9-3. Anjela Mojzis leads the squad in dual victories with a 10-2 record, including 9-1 on singles No. 3.
ABOUT TEXAS: Cal and Texas are deadlocked in an 11-11 all-time tie, with the Longhorns claiming a 5-2 victory in the teams' last meeting March 26, 2002 in Austin. Texas enters this week as the No. 13 ranked team in the country with a 4-3 overall record. No. 105 Kendra Strohn leads the squad on court No. 1 with a 6-1 dual match record.
AGAINST THE ARIZONA SCHOOLS: The Bears completed a home sweep of the Arizona schools last weekend for the first time since 2001. Against the No. 26 Wildcats, Cal cruised to a 6-1 victory, losing only one doubles and one singles match. Versus the Sun Devils, the Golden Bears swept doubles play and took four of the six singles matches for the 5-2 victory.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Bears' 4-0 sweep of the visiting Waves of Pepperdine on Feb. 21 marked the team's 30th-consecutive win over a non-Pac-10 opponent at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. The last time that a non-conference opponent defeated the Bears at home was on March 8, 1996 when No. 10 Pepperdine upended Cal by a 5-4 score. This year there will be five more challengers to this impressive streak (Fresno State, North Carolina, Texas, Purdue and Harvard).
IN DRAMATIC FASHION: Senior captain Christina Fusano has recorded three consecutive 25-plus win seasons in her time here at Cal and is well on her way to a fourth. But the success comes with a flair for the dramatic. Out of her 20 matches this season, eight have gone to three sets, and of those eight, she has won six. Recently in a 4-3 victory over No. 39 Oregon, Fusano claimed the all-important fourth point for the Bears in a stirring come from behind three set win.
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