No. 4 Bears Claim Tenth Consecutive Victory, Defeat WSU, 7-0

March 29, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 4 California women's tennis team (15-2, 3-0, Pac-10) extended its winning streak to 10 with a 7-0 sweep of Pac-10 rival Washington State this afternoon, March 29, at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley. The Golden Bears have compiled a 10-0 record at home in 2003 and remain undefeated in conference play (3-0).

Exactly one year ago to the day, a 9-4 Cal squad went into Pullman with an undefeated all-time record against the Cougars and suffered a tough 5-2 loss, setting off a 3-5 stretch to end the regular season. That was last year and this is now, as a maturer California squad hit the courts today, determined to send a message to its friends up North.

For the fourth consecutive match, Cal's doubles teams claimed victories on all three courts. The hottest of the Bear tandems, No. 5 Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano, won their eighth decision in a row to improve to 21-7 on the year when teamed up together. Nicole Havlicek and Catherine Lynch had their own four-match streak going entering today's match, and the Cal duo extended that to five with an 8-4 victory over Nora Gaal and Zsofia Fodor on court No. 3. Jieun Jacobs and Jody Scheldt completed the sweep with a commanding 8-1 romp of Orsolya Sallai and Annabelle Stefanchuk on court two.

It didn't get any better for the Cougars in singles play, as they were simply outmatched on all six courts. The Golden Bears jumped out to first set victories on all six courts and proceeded to sweep Washington State without dropping a single set in the match. On court six, Scheldt walked off the courts first with her eighth consecutive victory - this time an easy 6-0, 6-2 stomping of Zsofia Fodor. On court No. 1, the ninth-ranked Kops-Jones squared off against the Cougars' top player, No. 107 Orsolya Sallai. Kops-Jones cruised to a 6-0 first set, stumbled a little in the second, but ultimately came out on top of a 6-0, 6-3 decision for her team-leading 30th victory of the year.

With the 3-0 lead and all courts pointing in Cal's favor, things were moving along nicely for the Golden Bears. On court No. 3 it was fitting that Jacobs' ninth consecutive victory would be the match clincher. The 57th-ranked Jacobs took out Chris Martinez, 6-1, 6-1, and in the process improved to 5-0 in the third spot since taking over on March 15. Seconds later, No. 90 Lynch responded with an impressive showing after yesterday's loss, handily defeating Gaal, 6-2, 6-1. Havlicek followed with her second win of the weekend, defeating Stefanchuk on court five, 6-2, 6-3.

With the match long ago decided, Fusano and No. 95 Lorena Arias were in a battle of wits on court two. In typical 'Fusano-style,' the senior leader fell behind early, but rallied from two game deficits in both sets to claim the 6-3, 6-4 victory. She improves to 12-5 in dual match play and 18-9 overall.

Cal returns to action Friday, April 4 in a Pac-10 match-up against No. 12 UCLA. The Bears and Bruins will hit the courts at noon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center in Los Angeles.

RESULTNo. 4 California 7, No. 45 Washington State 0

SINGLESNo. 1 - No. 9 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) d. No. 107 Orsolya Sallai (WSU), 6-0, 6-3No. 2 - No. 36 Christina Fusano (Cal) d. No. 95 Lorena Arias (WSU), 6-3, 6-4No. 3 - No. 57 Jieun Jacobs (Cal) d. Chris Martinez (WSU), 6-1, 6-1*No. 4 - No. 90 Catherine Lynch (Cal) d. Nora Gaal (WSU), 6-2, 6-1No. 5 - Nicole Havlicek (Cal) d. Anna Stefanchuk (WSU), 6-2, 6-3No. 6 - Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. Zsofia Fodor (WSU), 6-0, 6-2*Clinched Match

DOUBLES (California wins point)No. 1 - No. 5 Fusano/Kops-Jones (Cal) d. Arias/Martinez (WSU), 8-3No. 2 - Jacobs/Scheldt (Cal) d. Sallai/Stefanchuk (WSU), 8-1No. 3 - Havlicek/Lynch (Cal) d. Fodor/Gaal (WSU), 8-4

Records - No. 4 California 15-2 (3-0, Pac-10), No. 45 Washington State 7-6 (0-2 Pac-10)

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