April 25, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - After wrapping up their regular season last weekend, the Cal women's tennis team (17-6 overall, 6-2 in Pac-10) heads to Ojai, CA this week to participate in the Pac-10 Championships, Apr. 27-30.
A LOOK AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pac-10's nine women's teams will head to Ojai, CA this week to decided the league's doubles and singles champions. The championships are part of the larger Ojai Tournament, a tournament that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The championships are broken into both an intercollegiate and invitational portion with the draws for each to be decided by a Pac-10 committee. At this time it is not known which Cal players will be placed in each division. Although the Bears have never won a singles title at the Pac-10 Championships, they have been quite successful in doubles, winning four titles since 1987. The last doubles pair to win was in 1997 when now-graduated Amanda Augustus teamed with current senior Claire Curran to capture the title. Curran also teamed with junior Anita Kurimay to reach last year's championship match before losing to Teryn Ashley and Marissa Irvin of Stanford.
UCLA MATCH IN REVIEW: The Bears had a rough time of it last Fri., Apr, 21 as they faced eighth-ranked UCLA in a match played in Berkeley. After defeating the Bruins, 6-3 back on April 8th, the Bears fell to the visiting Bruins, 5-4. With the score tied 4-4 after each team took three singles matches and one doubles match, the outcome rested fittingly at the No. 1 doubles court where Cal's Karoline Borgersen and Anita Kurimay could not hold on to their early lead, losing to Amanda Basica and Sara Walker, 8-5. This was the Bears first loss since March 26th and only their second Pac-10 loss of the year.
USC MATCH IN REVIEW After losing to UCLA the day before, the Bears came out firing on all cylinders for their match against 12th-ranked USC last Sat. afternoon. The Bears dominated singles play taking five out of six matches to assure a 5-1 Cal victory. Seniors Amy Jensen, Karoline Borgersen and Claire Curran came up big on "senior day" grabbing wins on courts two, three and four respectively. Borgersen showed the most dominating play of the day, humiliating 13th-ranked Jewel Petersen, 6-1, 6-0. No doubles matches were played as the outcome of the match had already been decided.
JENSEN CLOSING IN ON 100-WIN MILESTONE: Cal senior Amy Jensen needs only one more win 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 99-44 overall record during her three years as a Golden Bear.
BEAR NOTES: At 24-9 freshman Christina Fusano holds the best winning percentage on the team at 72.7%...junior Anita Kurimay's 26 wins are tops for a Golden Bear this year...Senior Karoline Borgersen is in the midst of a six-match win streak dating back to Apr. 8th...junior Anita Kurimay holds the Bears longest win streak of eight matches beginning Oct. 17 and ending Nov. 14...After a rough start that saw her lose 10 of her first 14 matches, freshman Morisa Yang has been playing well as of late, winning seven of her last 11 matches...The Bears are 5-6 against teams ranked in the Top 10.