May 18, 2000
The No. 5 ranked Cal women's tennis team moved into the NCAA quarterfinals with a convincing 5-1 victory over No. 10 ranked Vanderbilt in Malibu, CA on Thursday afternoon. Cal's record now stands at 20-6 on the season while Vanderbilt ended its season with a 22-6 mark.
The Bears will meet No. 3 ranked Wake Forest on Friday in a NCAA quarterfinal match. The Demon Deacons ran their record to 24-2 with a 5-0 shutout over No. 18 Tennessee.
Cal finished off its Vanderbilt match by capturing five of the six singles matches. No. 18 ranked Anita Kurimay won an impressive come-from-behind victory over No. 23 Julie Ditty at the No. 1 singles spot. After trailing 4-1 in the first set, Kurimay came back to post a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
The Bears won a pair of three-set matches, at No. 2 singles where 14th ranked Amy Jensen posted a 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 victory, and at No. 5 where Christina Fusano won a 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 victory. That win was the clinching match for the Golden Bears.
The doubles matches were cancelled.
The Bears will have their hands full with third ranked Wake Forest. The Deacons are led by the 6th ranked singles player in college tennis. In Adria Engel who posted an easy 6-1, 6-3 victory on Thursday over Alison Ojeda of Tennessee.
A year ago, Cal reached the NCAA semi-finals and the Bears have reached the NCAA quarter-finals 14 times in the last 17 seasons.
No. 5 CALIFORNIA 5 No. 10 VANDERBILT 1 Singles No. 1 Anita Kurimay (Cal) d Julie Ditty (V) 6-4, 6-3 No. 2 Amy Jensen (Cal) d Sara Riske (V) 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 No. 3 Claire Curran (Cal) d Kristy Blumberg (V) 6-2, 7-5 No. 4 Karoline Borgersen (Cal) d Jenny Miller (V) 7-5, 6-3 No. 5 Christina Fusano (Cal) d Kate Burson (V) 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 No. 6 Anne Plessinger (V) d Morisa Yang (Cal) 7-6, 7-5