No. 5 Cal (17-4, 4-1) Upsets No. 4 USC (19-3, 5-1), 6-1
April 18, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The fifth-ranked California women's tennis team exacted revenge from the April 5 loss to the Trojans in Los Angeles with a 6-1 upset victory over #4 USC this afternoon, April 18, at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley. With the victory, the Bears take sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with a 5-1 record while the Trojans take third place at 5-2.
The Bears started out on the right foot, claiming the doubles point, but not without a fight. The Bears were down at point on all three courts, but rebounded to take two of the three matches. Catherine Lynch and freshman Jessica Shu paired together for only the fourth time this year, and first in dual action, on court three. The Cal duo fell down 2-4 early, but rallied to take a 6-5 lead. But USC's Melissa Esmero and Bernadette Bayani rebounded to take three straight games to walk of the court first with an 8-6 victory. With that match in hand, Cal had the 8-7 advantage on court No. 1 and it was tied at six apiece on court two. Jody Scheldt and Jiuen Jacobs looked down and out, facing a 6-3 deficit, but the pair showed a tremendous amount of guts to take five straight games and the 8-6 decision over Anita Loyola and Luana Magnani on court two. The battle for the doubles point boiled down court No. 1 that was in the midst of a 3-3 tiebreaker between #3 Raquel Kops-Jones/Christina Fusano and #19 Tiffany Brymer/Jewel Peterson.
The Cal duo recorded a number of unforced errors to hand the Trojans the 5-3 lead, but then rallied to force a deciding tiebreaker. Tied at 3-3 with the full attention on court one, the Bears outscored USC 4-1 in the next five points to claim the 9-8 (7-4) victory and the doubles point for the Bears.
Singles competition followed suit as Cal showcased its team depth, jumping out to huge leads on courts 3-6. In her only her fifth appearance of the year on court No. 5, Scheldt extended her win streak to 13, recording a 45-minute, 6-0, 6-0, sweep over #120 Esmero. With the 2-0 advantage things were looking good for the Bears as #53 Jacobs completed a masterful performance over Brymer on court four with a commanding 6-1, 6-2 victory. Redshirt freshman Brooke Borisoff sealed the deal as she served out a 6-0, 6-3 decision to Bayani to win the match for the Golden Bears.
Meanwhile, courts 1-3 were still engaged in heavy competition. #97 Lynch was the first and only Cal player to falter, losing a hard-fought decision to Loyola, 7-5, 6-3 to put the Trojans on the board. Senior captain #31 Fusano jumped out to quick leads in both sets en route to a 6-3, 6-5 victory over #64 Maureen Diaz on court two, putting the Bears up 5-1.
On the marquee court, #7 Kops-Jones and #5 Peterson were engaged in a heavy weight fight, power vs. power. The two Top 10 stars split the first two sets to force a tiebreaker, but Kops-Jones had the Peterson loss from two weeks ago fresh on her mind. The junior All-American Kops-Jones turned it on late, claiming a 10-4 decision in the tiebreaker to win the match, 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 10-4.
Cal concludes its regular season competition tomorrow, April 19 at noon, in a Pac-10 matchup with #15 UCLA at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley.
FINALRESULT#5 California 6, #4 USC 1
SINGLESNo. 1 - #7 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) vs. #5 Jewel Peterson (USC), 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 10-4 TBNo. 2 - #31 Christina Fusano (Cal) vs. #64 Maureen Diaz (USC), 6-3, 6-5No. 3 - Anita Loyola (USC) d. #97 Catherine Lynch (Cal), 7-5, 6-3No. 4 - #53 Jieun Jacobs (Cal) d. Tiffany Brymer (USC), 6-1, 6-2No. 5 - Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. #120 Melissa Esmero (USC), 6-0, 6-0No. 6 - Brooke Borisoff (Cal) d. Bernadette Bayani (USC), 6-0, 6-3**Clinched match
DOUBLES (California wins point)No. 1 - #3 Fusano/Kops-Jones (Cal) d. #19 Brymer/Peterson (USC), 9-8 (7-4)No. 2 - Jacobs/Scheldt (Cal) vs. Loyola/Magnani (USC), 8-6No. 3 - Bayani/Esmero (USC) d. Lynch/Shu (Cal), 8-6
Records - #4 California 18-4 (5-1, Pac-10), #4 USC 19-4 (5-2, Pac-10)
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