May 24, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. - Cal senior Raquel Kops-Jones has earned the top seed in the 64-player field of the 2004 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Georgia. Kops-Jones will play Illinois' Jennifer McGaffigan in a 1 p.m. (Eastern) first-round match today at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. This is the third consecutive year Kops-Jones has participated in the NCAA singles championships.
Kops-Jones, ranked the No. 1 player in collegiate tennis, has also been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Senior Player of the Year. It is the first time a Cal player has been awarded the prestigious honor given by the governing body of collegiate tennis.
Cal freshman Sasha Podkolzina is also competing today in the 2004 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. She will play Florida's No. 5-seeded Alexis Gordon in a first-round match that will also begin at 1 p.m. ET. For updated results on the 23rd-annual NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, please visit www.georgiadogs.com.
In other women's tennis news, Cal assistant coach Amy Jensen has been named the ITA Northwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. This is the first time the former Cal All-American, in her second year as assistant coach, has received a coaching honor from the ITA.
The ITA has also honored Cal senior Jody Scheldt, who has been awarded the ITA Northwest Regional/Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to the women's tennis player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.