Jan. 18, 2004
SEATTLE - Jieun Jacobs entered the Pac-10 Indoor Tournament with a lot to prove after dropping out of the national rankings, due to an injury-plagued fall tournament season. But she leaves the tournament with new-found confidence after reaching the finals in singles and doubles action - winning the Flight II singles title.
Jacobs went the distance, playing 11 of the possible twelve sets in the four round tournament. After defeating Jude DeVera of ASU, Jacobs faced the Flight's No. 1 seed Saskia Nauenberg of Washington, handling her in come-from-behind fashion (4-6, 6-3, 6-2). In the semifinal, Jacobs defeated another Washington athlete in Dinka Hadzic in another come-from-behind effort (3-6, 7-6, 6-3). In the final, Jacobs finished a Washington sweep by upending her third Husky in a row, Erin Hoe, to capture the Flight II title (7-5, 6-3).
In doubles, Jacobs teamed with Raquel Kops-Jones, advancing to the Flight I Doubles Final. There they faced off against the All-American doubles team of Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri of Washington. In a hard-fought match the Washington pair was able to squeak out a (9-7) victory over Jacobs and Kops-Jones.
Senior Catherine Lynch was able to turn things around after a disappointing first-round loss to Diane Hollands of Arizona (6-1, 6-2). Lynch put together back to back strong performances to reach the consolation final, where she faced familiar foe Lauren Barnikow of Stanford, only to fall (6-1 6-3).
Newcomer, Monica Wiesener was a bright spot for the Bears winning her first three collegiate matches, reaching the Flight IV Finals. There she pushed the Flight's No. 1 seed, Davina Mendiburu of Oregon, to the limit, but in the end fell (2-6,6-1,6-4).
The Bears have 11 days off before opening up the dual-match portion of their schedule against Sacramento State, Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m., at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley.