Jan. 10, 2002
Despite having a team that included seven freshmen and only two seniors, Cal opened the season with high expectations, being ranked No. 5 in the country by the ITA. The team jumped out of the gate early, riding a nine game winning streak en route to a 13-2 record. Closing out the season with a 16-7 record and a No. 7 ranking, Cal entered the NCAA championships by thrashing Loyola College and North Carolina by a combined mark of 11-1, sweeping the board against the Greyhounds and dropping only two doubles matches to the Tarheels. In the round of 16, the Bears were then upset by No. 11 Arizona State.
Freshman Raquel Kops-Jones and senior Anita Kurimay led the charge for the Bears throughout the season, both being named All-Americans and to the second team All-Pac-10 for their efforts. Kops-Jones, in her freshman year, spent most of her time on the third court, amassing an 11-4 record there and advancing to the second round of the NCAA championships. Despite her lack of collegiate experience, Kops-Jones also spent time on the No. 1 court, splitting her slate, 3-3. She finished with a 30-16 overall singles record, leading the team. Kops-Jones was also named the ITA Regional Rookie of the Year, as well as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
Kurimay, Cal's most experienced player last season as a senior, went 8-5 on the No. 1 court, and competed in the NCAA championships. She also won the TENNIS Magazine/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the year. The award goes to the player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. Kurimay ended her career with the Bears with a lifetime singles record of 89-49, and a lifetime doubles record of 87-37.
Kops-Jones and Kurimay also teamed up to go 12-7 on the first doubles court. In all matches, the freshman/senior duo finished the season with a 15-9 mark, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA championships.
Head coach Jan Brogan continued her winning ways, finishing her 23rd season with the team, tallying a 433-171 (.717) record, making her the winningest active female women's tennis coach in the country. The Cal women's tennis team finished 2001 with a 16-7 record, 4-4 in the Pac-10.