May 8, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Cal men's tennis team captain John Paul Fruttero was named First Team All-Conference, the Pacific-10 announced yesterday. On the women's side, sophomore Raquel Kops-Jones was named to the Second Team. Both will compete in the NCAA Individual Championships later this month in both singles and doubles.
In addition, three Bears received honorable mention. Balazs Veress won the honors for the men, and the women's team captain Christina Fusano, as well as Catherine Lynch, received the recognition for the women.
Fruttero, a junior from San Marino, California, compiled a 15-6 record, playing exclusively at the top spot. Over the course of the season, Fruttero took down two No. 1 ranked players in Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel and Pepperdine's Al Garland. Hippensteel was named the Pac-10's Men's Tennis Player of the Year. Fruttero is ranked No. 13 in singles, and No. 12 in doubles with partner Robert Kowalczyk. Fruttero and Kowalczyk will represent Cal at the NCAA Individual Championships.
Kops-Jones, building on her 2001 campaign which saw her garner Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors, finished the 2002 season with a 26-16 overall record, playing 19 of the team's 21 matches on the No. 1 court. Kops-Jones and teammate Fusano partnered together for the first time in doubles at the Pac-10 Championship, proceeding to win the title. In singles, she posted two large upsets this season, defeating Arizona State's Maja Mlakar (ranked No. 10 at the time) and then 6th-ranked Jewel Peterson of USC. Kops-Jones checks in at the No. 22 spot in singles, and is ranked twice in doubles at No. 20 with partner Jody Scheldt and at No. 22 with Fusano. Kops-Jones will play with Fusano during the team portion of the NCAA Championships, but will partner with Scheldt in the individual portion of the competition.
Veress, who also was named 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, finished the regular season with a 14-9 dual record and a No. 93 ranking. Fusano checked in at No. 52 while leading the team in dual match wins (17-4). Lynch, the team's most improved player, ranks No. 45, and is second on the team in dual wins (13-5).
The men travel to Duke this weekend to compete in the first round of the NCAA competition, while the women host their regional.
Women's Tennis Regional Time Change: The starting times for Friday's Cal/BYU and Washington State/Fresno State have been reversed. The WSU/FSU match will now begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, while the Cal/BYU match has been pushed back to 2:00 p.m. Saturday's 2nd round match begins at 11:00 a.m. as previously scheduled.