No. 4 Bears (10-2) Extend Win Streak to Five, Edge No. 12 UNC, 4-3
March 13, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 4 California women's tennis team (10-2) extended its home non-conference winning streak to 32 on this breezy afternoon in Berkeley, Thursday, March 13, as the Bears edged the No. 12 North Carolina Tarheels, 4-3, at the Hellman Tennis Courts. The victory extended the Golden Bears' win streak to five and ended the Tarheels' streak at three.
The Golden Bears' doubles record in dual match play seems to be a sure indication of the final outcome. After claiming the doubles point against the Tarheels this afternoon, the Bears improved to 10-0 on the year when winning the doubles point, and 0-2 when faltering. On court No. 1, the 11th-ranked duo of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano posted their fourth consecutive victory - this time with a swift 8-2 victory over the 42nd ranked pair of Aniela Mojzis and Kendall Cline. The UNC tandem entered the match with a 5-0 record, and looked well on their way to their sixth consecutive victory after taking an early 2-0 lead. But, in typical dramatic fashion from Kops-Jones and Fusano, the Cal duo reeled of eight straight games to claim the easy 40-minute win and their 17th match of the year.
While Kops-Jones and Fusano were shaking hands with their opponents, courts two and three were in the thick of the action. On No. 3, Nicole Havlicek and Catherine Lynch were down 2-6 after falling into an early 0-4 hole as court two was beginning to look like the decider with Jieun Jacobs and Jody Scheldt in a dogfight, tied at 3-3. Havlicek and Lynch did in fact lose 8-4 to Marlene Mejia and Lee Bairos, but court No. 2 was still in progress as each squad rooted their teammates on.
The Tarheels' Kate Pinchbeck and Kendrick Bunn entered the match as North Carolina's most seasoned doubles squad with 12 matches (8-4) together under their belts and a No. 23 national ranking. But on the other side of the court, Cal's Jacobs and Scheldt came equipped with 19 matches of familiarity, plus a four-match winning streak. The Bear tandem's experience proved to be the difference in the end, as they broke from a 5-5 tie to claim the doubles point with an 8-5 victory.
As if the two squads weren't evenly matched enough, each team threw three Top 70 ranked singles players into the mix. The result ... a close match that went right down to the wire. In the top slot, No. 10 Kops-Jones and No. 11 Pinchbeck had a battle on their hands worthy of their rankings. The match went down to the wire with Kops-Jones pulling out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory to break her two-match losing streak. On court No. 2, North Carolina pulled out an upset with No. 42 Mejia defeating Fusano, 7-6, 6-3, and on No. 3, No. 67 Mojzis ended Lynch's three-match winning streak with a hard-fought 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win.
The 46th-ranked Jacobs continued her torrid month of March on court No. 4, winning her fifth straight to improve to 5-0 in March, defeating Cline, 6-0, 6-1. Havlicek improved to 8-2 in dual match play with her 7-5, 7-5 victory over Bairos on court No. 5. UNC grabbed its third point of the match on court No. 6 as Bunn handed Borisoff her eighth loss of the year in a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) decision.
Cal returns to action Saturday, March 15 when it hosts No. 13 Texas in a noon matchup at Hellman Tennis Courts in Berkeley.
RESULTNo. 4 California 4, No. 12 North Carolina 3
SINGLESNo. 1 - No. 10 Raquel Kops-Jones (CAL) d. No. 11 Kate Pinchbeck (UNC), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3No. 2 - No. 42 Marlene Mejia (UNC) d. No. 33 Christina Fusano (CAL), 7-6, 6-3No. 3 - No. 67 Aniela Mojzis (UNC) d. No. 102 Catherine Lynch (CAL), 5-7, 7-5, 6-3No. 4 - No. 46 Jieun Jacobs (CAL) d. Kendall Cline (UNC), 6-0, 6-1No. 5 - Nicole Havlicek (CAL) d. Lee Bairos (UNC), 7-5, 7-5No. 6 - Kendrick Bunn (UNC) d. Brooke Borisoff (CAL), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
DOUBLES (California wins point)No. 1 - No.11 Fusano/ Kops-Jones (CAL) d. No. 42 Mojzis/Cline (UNC), 8-2No. 2 - Jacobs/Scheldt (CAL) d. No. 23 Pinchbeck/Bunn (UNC), 8-5No. 3 - Bairos/Mejia (UNC) d. Havlicek/Lynch (CAL), 8-4
Records - No. 4 California 10-2, No. 12 North Carolina 9-4