No. 4 Cal Travels to Pac-10 Championships in Ojai

April 23, 2003

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WHAT'S ON TAP: The #4 California women's tennis team (19-5, 6-2, Pac-10), immersed in its best 24-match record since a 20-4 record in 1999, travels to Ojai Thursday through Sunday, April 24-27, to take part in the annual Pac-10 Championships. The Bears finished the regular season with a second-place finish in the Pac-10 - its highest finish since a second place showing (6-2) in 2000.

ABOUT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pac-10's nine women's teams and eight men's teams head to Ojai, Calif., Thurs., April 24 through Sun., April 27, to decide the league's singles and doubles champions. The 32-player women's singles draw shall consist of three players from each of the nine schools that sponsor women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participants record. The 16-team doubles draw will have one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee based upon the participants' record. Cal's #4 Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones are vying for their second consecutive doubles title after defeating UCLA's Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher in last year's title match.

PAC-10 PLAY: In dual match conference play, the Bears own a 49-22 (.690) mark in singles competition and a 25-11 (.694) ledger in doubles play. Juniors #52 Jieun Jacobs (9-3) and Jody Scheldt (9-2) lead the squad in conference dual play, each with nine wins. Kops-Jones and Fusano are currently 9-3 in Pac-10 Conference action.

WHAT & WHERE: Competition will be held in conjunction with the 103rd annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. The women will play at the Ojai Valley Tennis Center Thursday, April 24 and at Libbey Park on Friday, April 25. All semifinal and final matches on Saturday and Sunday are at Libbey Park. Matches begin at 8 a.m., with two rounds of singles on opening day. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played on Friday. Semifinals and finals will be held at a time to be determined.

THE DRAWS ARE IN: In the Top 4 singles draw, the Bears entered #84 Catherine Lynch, #7 Kops-Jones, #52 Jacobs and #33 Fusano. Kops-Jones will square off with ASU's Cindy Sureephong at 8 a.m. on Thursday in the Round of 32 while Jacobs will face #10 Jewel Peterson of USC at 9:30 a.m., Lynch will take on USC's Maureen Diaz at 11 a.m. and Fusano will see Arizona's #6 Emilie Scribot at 12:30 p.m. Fusano and Scribot are the only players to face each other this season, with the Cal senior coming out on top of a 6-4, 6-3 victory March 7. In the Invitational draw, Nicole Havlicek, Jessica Shu, Jody Scheldt, Kristen Case and Brooke Borisoff will all be playing. In the Round of 16 doubles on Friday, #4 Fusano and Kops-Jones will square off against Orsi Sallai and Annabelle Stepanchuk of Washington State at 12:30 p.m. and the Jacobs/Scheldt duo will face the Cougar's tandem of Lorena Arias and Chris Martinez also at 12:30 p.m. The Borisoff/Shu combination and Havlicek/Lynch will both play in the Invitational draw, also on Friday.

YESTERDAY vs. STANFORD: It came down to the last match, but the top-ranked Cardinal claimed the outright Pac-10 title with a 4-3 victory over the Bears. Cal had its chances, however, as it was tied 1-1 in doubles while Jacobs and Scheldt held a 7-4 lead over their opponents on court two. But, the Stanford duo of Amber Liu and Alice Barnes rallied to take five straight games for the 9-7 victory and the early 1-0 lead. The two squads split the singles competition, 3-3, but Erin Burdette's victory over Catherine Lynch on court three sealed the deal for the Cardinal.

LAST WEEK vs. USC/UCLA: Cal opened the weekend with a masterful performance against #4 USC, defeating the Trojans, 6-1. The Bears set the tone early, escaping with the doubles point after falling down on all three courts at one point. The team carried that energy on to the singles courts, winning five of six, and four of the five in straight sets. On Saturday, it was the same result against #15 UCLA, but the match was a lot closer than the final score. The Bears claimed the doubles point once again, but faced a tougher time in singles action. Though the team took five of six matches, three of them were extended to third sets. With the victory, Cal completed its first season sweep over the Bruins since 1999. Redshirt freshman Brooke Borisoff returned to the lineup for the two matches and went 2-0 to improve to 13-8 on the year.

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