Kops-Jones/Fusano Win Second Consecutive Pac-10 Doubles Championship

April 27, 2003

Ojai, Calif. - The fourth-ranked doubles pairing of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano claimed their second consecutive Pac-10 doubles title in as many years this afternoon, April 27, with an 8-1 decision over #48 Maja Mlakar and Emilie Scribot of Arizona in the final round of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif.

The Cal duo only gave up eight games total to its four opponents, en route to their second Pac-10 doubles title in a row. Current assistant coach Amy Jensen and Amanda Augustas were the last Cal pairing to take two consecutive Pac-10 doubles titles in 1999 and 2000. Kops-Jones and Fusano are now 30-9 on the year and winners of 17 of the last 19.

In the singles main draw, Kops-Jones cruised through the first four rounds to advance to this morning's championship match, but ran into a red-hot #20 Daria Panova of Oregon, who defeated #37 Erin Burdette of Stanford, #49 Dianne Hollands of Arizona and #99 Erin Boisclair of Washington to advance to the finals. Kops-Jones and Panova engaged in a tightly contested first set, but the Oregon player cruised to an easy second set to win the championship title, 7-6(6), 6-2.

In the 'All-Cal' Invitational singles draw, Jody Scheldt cruised past her teammate Nicole Havlicek, 6-4, 6-2, to capture the 2003 Pac-10 Singles Invitational Championship title. Scheldt ran through the first three rounds of competition, completing all three matches in straight sets. Washington's Colleen Gray put up a fight in the semifinals, but was no match for Scheldt down the stretch as she posted a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 decision to advance to the championship match. Havlicek entered the finals with four consecutive straight set victories on her slate, but could not stop Scheldt from capturing the title.

Through all five rounds, the Bears singles record vs. Pac-10 opponents is as follows: 1-0 vs. UCLA, 0-1 vs. USC, 3-0 vs. Stanford, 3-0 vs. Washington, 2-1 vs. Washington State, 2-1 vs. Oregon, 1-2 vs. Arizona and 3-0 vs. Arizona State. In doubles, Cal finished 1-0 vs. Washington State, 3-0 vs. Arizona, 2-0 vs. Washington and 0-1 vs. USC.

The Bears return to action Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11 at the NCAA Regionals taking place at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley.

Complete tournament results can be found at www.tennisinformation.com or www.ojaitourney.org.


SINGLES: MAIN DRAWRound of 32 - Thursday, April 24, 2003#67 Maureen Diaz (USC) d. #84 Catherine Lynch (Cal), 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-1#7 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) d. Cindy Sureephong (ASU), 6-2, 6-1#6 Emilie Scribot (AZ) d. #33 Christina Fusano (Cal), 6-3, 6-4Round of 16 - Thursday, April 24, 2003#7 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) d. Ester Bak (UO), 6-2, 6-3Quarterfinals - Friday, April 25, 2003#7 Raquel Kops-Jones d. #8 Alice Barnes (STAN), 4-3 Ret (inj)Semifinals - Saturday, April 26, 2003#7 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) d. #39 Maja Mlakar (Arizona), 6-0, 6-4Finals - Sunday, April 27, 2003#20 Daria Panova (OR) d. #7 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal), 7-6(6), 6-2

SINGLES: INVITATIONAL DRAWRound of 32 Invitational - Thursday, April 24, 2003Nicole Havlicek (Cal) d. Natalie Dow (WSU), 6-0, 6-0Jessica Shu (Cal) d. Paulie Sabion (ASU), 6-1, 6-2Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. Jessica Leck (Stan), 6-3, 6-1Kristen Case (Cal) v. Amy Allen (UW), 6-0, 6-0Round of 16 Invitational - Thursday, April 24, 2003Nora Gaal (WSU) d. Jessica Shu (Cal), 6-1, 7-6Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. Zsofi Fodor (WSU), 6-3, 6-4Nicole Havlicek (Cal) d. Anna Leksinska (UO), 7-5, 6-0Kelly Perry (AZ) d. Kristen Case (Cal), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4Quarterfinals - Friday, April 25, 2003Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. Joslynn Burkett (ASU), 6-3, 6-3Nicole Havlicek (Cal) d. Nina Yaftali (UCLA), 7-5, 6-1Semifinals - Saturday, April 26, 2003Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. Colleen Gray (UW), 6-3, 1-6, 6-4Nicole Havlicek (Cal) d. Joanna Kao (Stan), 6-1, 6-2Finals - Sunday, April 27, 2003Jody Scheldt (Cal) d. Nicole Havlicek (Cal), 6-4, 6-2

DOUBLES: MAIN DRAWRound of 16 - Friday, April 25, 2003#4 Fusano/Kops-Jones (Cal) d. Sallai/Stepanchuk (WSU), 8-4Quarterfinals - Friday, April 25, 2003#4 Fusano/Kops-Jones (Cal) d. Larocque/Randono (AZ), 8-0Semifinals - Saturday, April 26, 2003#4 Fusano/Kops-Jones (Cal) d. Gray/Sumantri (UW), 8-3Finals - Sunday, April 27, 2003#4 Fusano/Kops-Jones (Cal) d. #48 Mlakar/Scribot (AZ), 8-1

DOUBLES: INVITATIONAL DRAWRound of 16 Invitational - Friday, April 25, 2003Case/Shu (Cal) v. byeQuarterfinals - Invitational - Friday, April 25, 2003Case/Shu (Cal) d. Boisclair/Hoe (UW), 6-3, 6-3 Ret (inj)Semifinals Invitational - Saturday, April 26, 2003Bayani/Esmero (USC) d. Case/Shu (Cal), 8-2
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