March 21, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - The California women's tennis team heads south this week to take on No. 66 San Diego State on Fri., Mar. 24 at 1:30 p.m., and No. 8 Pepperdine on Sun., Mar. 26 at 1:00 p.m.
A LOOK AT SAN DIEGO STATE: The Bears and Aztecs were originally scheduled to meet on Feb. 12 but the match was cancelled and later rescheduled due to rain. The Bears lead the overall series against the Aztecs, 20-3 including a 6-3 victory last season. This year San Diego State is 6-5 overall having lost to Purdue, 5-4 in their last match. They will play Ohio State on Tues., March 21 before facing the Bears on Fri.
A LOOK AT PEPPERDINE: Sunday's match against Pepperdine will provide a good test for the Bears as the Waves currently rank No. 9 in the nation. Cal leads the overall series 19-5, and defeated the Waves 5-4 last season. Entering this week, Pepperdine is 13-2 overall and boasts a five-match consecutive win streak although they will face No. 1 Stanford on Fri., Mar. 24 before facing the Bears on Sun.
PURDUE MATCH IN REVIEW: Cal notched its first shutout of the season last Wed., Mar. 15 when they blanked Purdue, 9-0 in a match played in Berkeley. Freshman Morisa Yang got her first collegiate dual match victory of the year when she was inserted into the lineup for senior Claire Curran who missed the match due to illness. Yang defeated Lynsey Fick, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 6 slot. In doubles No. 14 Anita Kurimay and Karoline Borgersen notched a big victory when they beat No. 15 Jennifer Embry and Shannon Taheny, 8-4 in the No. 1 spot.
NEW MEXICO MATCH IN REVIEW: The Bears claimed their second victory in two days last Thu., Mar. 16 by downing the Lobos of New Mexico, 7-1. Cal swept all but one match on the afternoon as senior Karoline Borgersen lost to Dominika Gerwin, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 4 spot. On the bright side, Freshman Christina Fusano showed serious poise, pulling out a 6-3, 6-7(4-7), 6-2 victory over Neza Kurnik at the No. 5 slot.
ARKANSAS MATCH IN REVIEW: Cal claimed their third victory in five days by defeating Arkansas, 8-1 on Sun., Mar. 19. The Bears only loss of the afternoon came on court one where junior Anita Kurimay lost just her third match in 13 tries. She was defeated by No. 20 Chin Bee Khoo, 6-4, 6-4. In doubles, the Bears pulled off a sweep capturing victories on all three courts.
SUPER FROSH FUSANO MAKING IMPACT: As a freshman in one of the best programs in the nation, Christina Fusano is not wasting any time making her presence known on the collegiate tennis scene. Fusano, a native of Placerville, CA, has currently amassed a 17-7 overall record, third best on the team. She is in the midst of a four-match win streak and showed some serious mettle this past weekend, pulling out a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 win over Neza Kurnik of New Mexico. Having rotated between the No. 4-6 spots throughout the year, the super frosh seems to have settled in comfortably in the No. 5 spot where she is 6-2 on the year.
JENSEN RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS: Senior Amy Jensen, one of the best players ever to don a Cal uniform, returned to her winning ways last week, snapping a four match losing streak that began on Feb. 19. The native of Brisbane, Australia, notched three wins last week, her longest win streak since winning four in a row at the ITA Regional tournament back in November. The 1999 All-American is also closing in on 100 career victories, as she needs only seven more victories to surpass this mark.
IN THE FUTURE:After this week, Cal will take a week off from dual match play before returning to conference play against USC at USC on April 7, at 1:30 p.m.