No. 4 Cal (11-2, 1-0, Pac-10) Looks for Seventh Straight, Hosts Purdue
March 18, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 4 California women's tennis team (11-2, 1-0, Pac-10) looks to continue its 33-match home non-conference winning streak this weekend as it hosts Purdue Saturday, March 22 at noon on the Hellman Tennis Courts. The Bears are also in the midst of a six-match winning streak that includes victories over No. 7 Arizona State, No. 12 North Carolina and No. 13 Texas.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Bears are in the midst of a seven-match home slate this week, facing its next to last non-conference matchup of the season against Purdue on Saturday. Junior All-American Raquel Kops-Jones leads the squad with a 27-10 overall record, while junior Jieun Jacobs tops dual match play with a 10-2 mark. Kops-Jones and senior captain Christina Fusano have compiled a 10-3 record on No. 1 doubles to claim the team lead.
ABOUT PURDUE: Cal owns a perfect 3-0 all-time record over the Boilermakers, including a 7-0 sweep at home March 14, 2001. Purdue enters the match ranked No. 57 in the nation, and have opened 2003 with a 5-5 record, 0-2 in the Big-10. No. 112 Amy Walgenbach leads the Boilermakers with an 8-2 dual match record and 15-7 overall.
WEEKEND SWEEP: The Bears completed a sweep of Top 20 non-conference opponents this weekend, extending its home non-conference winning streak to 33. On Wednesday, Cal opened up with a 6-1 victory over No. 16 Fresno State. The Bears swept all three doubles contests and took five of the six singles matches to improve to 31-0 all-time against the Bulldogs. The following afternoon, Cal faced No. 12 North Carolina and squeaked out a 4-3 decision over the Tarheels, extending the Bears' dual match win streak to five in a row. Cal claimed two of the three doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead, but only managed to win half of the singles contests to walk away with the narrow 4-3 margin. Saturday, Cal swept No. 13 Texas in a lopsided match that saw the Bears sweep the singles competition and take two of the three doubles matches.
SHE'S GOT IT COVERED: Junior Jieun Jacobs has provided leadership to the Bears' lineup this season, winning nine of her 11 matches on the No. 4 court. She began by establishing herself in tournament play in the fall, where she posted an 11-4 record, including a visit to the semifinals of the prestigious Pac-10 Indoor Championships in January. In doubles play, the Valencia native has teamed with fellow junior Jody Scheldt as the hottest doubles tandem on the team. The Cal duo claimed the crown at the Thunderbirds Invitational in November 2002, kicking off a successful season with a current overall record of 15-6.
THE NUMBERS ARE IN: The third of nine individual USTA/ITA national rankings were released Wednesday, March 12, and three Bears climbed the charts. Previously ranked No. 13, Kops-Jones moved up three slots to No. 10. After spending the majority of the season at No. 45, Fusano made the largest leap to No. 33. Jacobs, a steady player on court four, advanced nine spots to No. 46.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Bears' weekend sweep over three non-conference opponents extended Cal's win streak to 33 over a non-Pac-10 opponents 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 5-4. This year there will be two more challengers to this impressive streak, as the Bears challenge Purdue this weekend and No. 26 Harvard March 26.
DID YOU KNOW: Cal's most consistent play this season has come from courts three and four, where the Bears are a combined 20-5 through 13 matches.
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