Feb. 13, 2002
FIRST ROAD TRIP: The undefeated Cal women's tennis team returns to action this week after decimating its two early opponents by a combined score of 13-1, extending its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to 25 matches. However, the 12th-ranked Bears will hit the road this weekend for their first matches away from Hellman Tennis Complex in 2002. Cal will take on Loyola Marymount on Saturday, and then join the men's team over in Malibu to challenge the Pepperdine Waves.
NEW TRANSFER MAKES GOOD: The performance of sophomore Jody Scheldt has stood out most for the Bears in this young season. Scheldt, a transfer from Iowa, joined the team last month just in time for the Pac-10 Indoor Championship. Entered in the fourth flight, Scheldt advanced all the way to the final, earning herself a 3-1 singles record. She has also won both of her dual matches this season, giving her a 5-1 overall record. In addition, Scheldt was immediately placed on the top doubles court with doubles All-American and 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Raquel Kops-Jones, and the duo has been impressive, winning both their matches against Santa Clara and Nevada.
ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Loyola Marymount has opened the season 2-3, including a 7-0 loss to No. 16 UCLA. The Lions, who were raked 66th overall by the ITA last month, are led by senior Andrea Lord. Lord, a transfer from Mississippi State, has held down the top court for LMU this season, posting a 3-2 record in dual play.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: The Waves have opened up this season with a 2-4 record. Despite the numbers, however, the No. 27 Waves' four losses all came against Top 15 teams, including No. 8 Arizona State and top-ranked Stanford. The schedule doesn't get any easier for Pepperdine, as the Waves take on UC Irvine and No. 15 UCLA before Cal visits on Sunday. Pepperdine is led this season by sophomore Charlotte Vernaz, who has seen the most time on the No. 1 court this season. Vernaz has posted an overall record of 2-4, with a 1-2 mark in the top spot. The featured court has been problimatic for the Waves this season, as they have tried three different players there and only collected two wins.
LAST WEEK AGAINST NEVADA: The Bears continued their dominance over non-Pac 10 schools last weekend, winning their 25th consecutive non-conference home match at Hellman Tennis Complex on Saturday over No. 75 Nevada (2-3), 6-1. Two Cal women made their season debuts on the courts, sophomores Jieun Jacobs and Catherine Lynch, and both began their season with wins. Lynch played on the fourth court against Ana Bittler and won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Jacobs, who held down the second court, dropped Vania Apodaca in a pair of 6-1 sets.
INSIDE THE RANKINGS: The team entered this season ranked No. 13 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and jumped up to the 12th spot the day before its first match. In addition to the team ranking, four singles players and two doubles tandems also garnered national attention. Kops-Jones enters the season ranked No. 28 overall, while Fusano is No. 44 and sophomore Catherine Lynch is No. 49. The trio is expected to hold down the top half of the singles lineup this season. Sophomore Jieun Jacobs also claimed the No. 99 rank. Kops-Jones, who was also an All-American in doubles last season, and freshman Carla Arguelles took the 21st spot. Fusano and Havlicek checked in at the No. 43 spot.