May 21, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - Cal's representatives in the NCAA Women's Tennis singles championship were eliminated today, as sophomore Raquel Kops-Jones and junior Christina Fusano both lost in the first round.
Kops-Jones (27-17), who led her match 6-1, 1-1 going into the nearly-four hour rain delay Monday, was unable to hold on for the win, only managing two wins in the second set before going to a third-set tiebreaker.
Fusano (25-10), the team captain, joined the 64-player draw at the last minute a fourth alternate. She replaced Georgia's Mariell Verban, who withdrew from the tournament. Narrowly dropping the first set, Fusano rallied strong in the second, winning 6-1 to force a third. However, after battling hard in the early portions of the third set, Lacelarie ultimately won the final two games to clinch her victory.
Sophomore Catherine Lynch (25-9), the other Golden Bear selected for the tournament, withdrew last week due to a stress fracture in her leg.
While eliminated from singles, Kops-Jones will join Jody Scheldt tomorrow in their quest for the NCAA Doubles Championship. Their match with Indiana's tandem of Schlukebir and Tran is slated to begin Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Kops-Jones and Scheldt ranked No. 20 in the nation with a 10-11 record, exclusively at Cal's top doubles court.
No. 95 Alena Jecminkova (Kansas State) def. No. 22 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal), 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
No. 32 Alix Lacelarie (Clemson) def. No. 52 Christina Fusano (Cal), 7-5, 1-6, 6-3