Sept. 26, 2001
THE TOURNAMENT: The Bulldog Classic will take place this weekend in Fresno, CA, and is hosted by Fresno State University. A collegiate individual event, Cal is among a field of seven teams who will be represented. Fresno State will participate, as well as Nevada-Reno, Sacramento State, Pacific, Santa Clara and San Jose State. For further information about the tournament should contact Kevin Epley, women's tennis coach at Fresno State, at (559) 278-4422.
ABOUT CAL: The Bears have a trio of ranked singles players this season. Returning All-America sophomore Raquel Kops-Jones will be expected to assume the leadership role for graduated Anita Kurimay. Kops-Jones opens this season ranked No. 26 in singles after finishing last season with a 30-16 record. Big things are also expected of her in doubles, as she and her new partner, Carla Arguelles, are ranked 24th in doubles. Arguelles is also ranked 100th in singles. Christina Fusano, returning for her junior year, is rated 38th. She worked mostly out of the second slot last season and posted an overall 25-12 record. In doubles, she and her partner, sophomore Nicole Havlicek, are ranked 49th in the country. All four players will be competing in this weekend's tournament. Cal women's tennis finished last season with a 16-7 overall record.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: Kim Niggemeyer and Simone Jardim combine to form the top doubles team in the country. Both seniors were All-Americans last season, and finished the season ranked 6th in the country, and led their team to a 21-5 overall record. Niggemeyer also opens this season ranked 18th overall in the country. Newcomer Chloe Carlotti is ranked 47th overall for the Bulldogs.
ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack features Tjasa Jezemik, a senior from Slovenia, who is ranked at the 53rd spot in the country. She compiled a 16-6 record last season for Nevada. Jezemik also combines with junior Macedonian national Bilijana Trepska to form the 50th ranked doubles team in the country. The duo finished last season with a 17-11 doubles mark, and helped lead the Wolf Pack to a 14-3 record last season.
QUICK FACTS: Sacramento State placed three players on Big Sky all-conference teams last year (Gabriella Lundquist-1st team, Marta Gronowicz-2nd team and Caroline Svenson-honorable mention). They finished the season with an 11-10 overall record...Pacific finished last season with a record of 7-16 and placed three players on the Big West all-conference teams...Santa Clara finished with an overall record of 12-11 and placed sixth at the WCC tournament...Anna Nordell and Caroline Stenman from San Jose State were named to their conference all-academic team following last season.