April 17, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - After sweeping Arizona State and Arizona last week, the Californina women's tennis team (16-5 overall, 5-1 Pac-10), looks to close out their regular season this week by hosting No. 8 UCLA on Friday and No. 11 USC on Saturday.
A LOOK AT UCLA: This is the second meeting of the season between these two teams as the Bears crushed the Bruins, 6-3 on April 8th in Los Angeles. After pulling ahead 4-2 at the end of singles play, Cal clinched the match when the duo of Jenny Lee and Emeka Mayes defeated UCLA's Zana Zlebnik and Petya Marinova, 8-2 on court three. The Bruins come into this week's match 13-7 overall and 5-1 in Pac-10 play. They are led by seventh-ranked Anne Walker who simply demolished Washington's Kristina Kraszewski, the top-ranked player in the nation, 6-0, 6-1 last Friday in a 7-2 victory over the Huskies. UCLA holds the edge in the overall series, 22-20.
A LOOK AT USC: This is also the second meeting of the year for the Bears and Trojans as Cal narrowly escaped with a 5-4 win in their previous meeting on Apr. 7th in Los Angeles. The match was tied at four apiece before Cal's doubles tandem of Claire Curran and Amy Jensen defeated Jacqui Boyd and Anita Loyola, 8-4 to clinch the Cal victory. Heading into this week the Trojans are 15-6 overall and 4-2 in Pac-10 play. The Trojans hold the overall lead in the series, 20-18.
STANFORD MATCH IN REVIEW: The Bears could not quite pull off the big one last Tuesday as they took top-ranked Stanford down to the wire before falling, 5-4 in a match played at Stanford. This was the Cardinal's third victory over the Bears this year having previously defeated them 8-0 in the finals of the ITA Team Championships on Feb. 20, and 6-0 on Feb. 26 in Berkeley. The Cardinal took control of the match in singles, winning four of six matches. Amy Jensen and Karoline Borgersen were the only Cal players to escape with victories, downing Teryn Ashley, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0, and Gabriela Lastra, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 respectively. The Bears battled back in doubles taking matches on courts two and three before Stanford's duo of Marissa Irvin and Teryn Ashley combined to defeat Cal's Anita Kurimay and Karoline Borgersen, 8-4 to seal the Cardinal victory.
ARIZONA STATE/ARIZONA MATCHES IN REVIEW: After falling to ASU, 5-4 on March fourth, the Bears found their revenge last Friday as they clobbered the Sun Devils, 7-1. The Bears swept all six singles matches in relative ease with their only loss of the day coming at the No. 3 doubles spot where Jenny Lee and Emeka Mayes fell to ASU's Faye DeVera and Karin Palme, 8-3. The Bears returned to the courts on Saturday, crushing the Arizona Wildcats, 8-0. Although the Bears swept all eight matches played, the Wildcats did not go down without a fight, forcing five of six singles matches to three sets.
YANG IMPRESSIVE IN RECENT PLAY: After losing five-straight matches in early January, freshman Morisa Yang has turned things around as of late, winning seven of her last nine matches. The Torrence, CA native was particularly impressive in her last match as she battled back from 5-2 in the third set to force a tiebreaker before defeating Arizona's Uzma Kahn, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (6).
JENSEN CLOSING IN ON 100-WIN MILESTONE: Cal senior Amy Jensen needs only two more wins to reach 100 victories in her career. One of the most decorated players ever to star at Cal, the native of Brisbane, Australia has compiled a 98-44 overall record during her fthree years as a Golden Bear.
IN THE FUTURE: Next week the Bears will travel to Ojai, CA to take part in the Pac-10 Championships held April 27-30.