April 26, 2002
OJAI, Calif. - Last weekend, 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Raquel Kops-Jones took down the ITA's No. 6 ranked player in Jewel Peterson, who hails from USC. Tomorrow, Peterson will get not one, but two, chances to exact revenge on the Bear women's top player in the Pac-10 Championships' Final Four.
Kops-Jones advanced to the semifinals by slam-dunking Stanford's Lauren Barnikow, 6-3, 6-1 in her second singles match of the day to earn the right to face Peterson at 12:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., Kops-Jones will stare across the court at Peterson once again, this time with doubles running-mate Christina Fusano at her side. Kops-Jones and Fusano advanced to the doubles final four Friday with an impressive 8-5 win over UCLA's Petya Marinova and Sara Walker.
On the men's side of the competition, with all the singles entries eliminated, the Bears were left to completely focus on doubles, with excellent results. Men's team captain John Paul Fruttero and partner Robert Kowalczyk took down Washington's duo of Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby, 8-2, to advance to the men's doubles final four. Fruttero and Kowalczyk will take on Marcin Matkowski and Julien Rojer of UCLA at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
In the invitational competition, teammates Balazs Veress and Patrick Briaud had similar success in their draw, advancing to their own semifinal competition by dropping Washington State's Christolf Palmanshofer and Peter Schaeler in an extended 9-7 set. Veress and Briaud move on to face Oregon's Kyle Halberg and Johan Paalberg, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
The women's invitational singles bracket saw a Bear match, with Nicole Havlicek facing off against teammate Carla Arguelles in the quarterfinals. Havlicek defeated Arguelles, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the final four of that bracket. She will take on Washington's Andrea Coulter tommorrow at 9:30 a.m. for the right to advance to the draw's final match.
Complete results can be found at www.ojaitourney.com.