No. 5 Cal (19-4, 6-1) Defeats No. 15 UCLA, 6-1
April 19, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The fifth-ranked California women's tennis team completed its first season sweep over UCLA since 1999 this afternoon, April 19, with a commanding 6-1 victory over the #15 Bruins at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. With the victory the Bears improve to 6-1 in the Pac-10 while UCLA falls to 4-4 in conference play.
After dropping the doubles point to the Bruins on April 4 in Los Angeles, Cal returned the favor by claiming the point today in Berkeley. The nation's third-ranked pair of Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones posted their 13th win in the last 14 attempts with a tidy 8-3 victory over Feriel Esseghir and Laura Gordon on court one. Catherine Lynch and Jessica Shu rebounded from yesterday's loss with an 8-6 decision over Anya Loncaric and Shilpa Joshi on court No. 3 to claim the point. Jieun Jacobs and Jody Scheldt dropped a 9-7 heartbreaker to Sarah Gregg and Susi Wild on court two.
On April 4, the Bears swept the six singles matches for the 6-1 victory, but today took five out of the six. #7 Kops-Jones defeated #71 Wild on court one, #31 Fusano edged Esseghir on court No. 2 and #53 Jacobs cruised past Gordon on court four.
#97 Lynch was also a winner this afternoon, claiming a 6-3, 6-0 upset win over #77 Gregg on court three. In her second consecutive match at singles No. 6, redshirt freshman Brooke Borisoff took out Joshi, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Jody Scheldt recorded the only Cal blemish of the afternoon, proving that unlucky #13 is not just a superstition. The junior from San Diego entered today's contest on a 13-match win streak, but finally faltered in a nailbiter - a 3-6, 7-5, 13-11 loss to Loncaric on court No. 5.
Cal concludes its regular season competition Tuesday April 22 at 1:30 p.m., in a Pac-10 matchup with #1 Stanford at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley.
FINALRESULT#5 California 6, #15 UCLA 1
SINGLESNo. 1 - #7 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) d. #71 Susi Wild (UCLA), 7-5, 6-3No. 2 - #31 Christina Fusano (Cal) d. Feriel Esseghir (UCLA), 6-7, 6-4, 10-4No. 3 - #97 Catherine Lynch (Cal) d. #77 Sarah Gregg (UCLA), 6-3, 6-0No. 4 - #53 Jieun Jacobs (Cal) d. Laura Gordon (UCLA), 6-0, 6-3No. 5 - Anya Loncaric (UCLA) d. Jody Scheldt (Cal), 3-6, 7-5, 13-11No. 6 - Brooke Borisoff (Cal) d. Shilpa Joshi (UCLA), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
DOUBLES (California wins point)No. 1 - #3 Fusano/Kops-Jones (Cal) d. Esseghir/Gordon (UCLA), 8-3No. 2 - Gregg/Wild (UCLA) d. Jacobs/Scheldt (Cal), 9-7No. 3 - Lynch/Shu (Cal) d. Loncaric/Joshi (UCLA), 8-6
Records - #4 California 19-4 (6-1, Pac-10), #15 UCLA 13-10 (4-4, Pac-10)