May 10, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. - The 12th-ranked University of California women's tennis team (13-9) advanced to the NCAA Tournament Regional Final today, defeating No. 45 Brigham Young University (10-14), 4-0 in an afternoon match at Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley. Earlier in the day, No. 25 Fresno State University took down No. 27 Washington State, 4-0.
The winner of tomorrow's Cal/FSU match advanced to the NCAA Championship, which begins with the Round of 16 on Thursday at Taube Tennis Center at Stanford University.
Cal's Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano, playing for the first time since winning the Pac-10 championship two weeks ago, got things started for the Bears, defeating Dominique Reynolds and Brooke Beverley, 8-4 at the top doubles court. After Carla Arguelles and Nicole Havlicek clinched the point for Cal, the Bears moved onto singles, winning all three of its completed matches in straight sets. Kops-Jones and Fusano, who did not finish their matches, both went down 1-5 in their first sets and both roared back into the match. Kops-Jones took the set, 7-6 and was ahead in the second when Jieun Jacobs clinched the match for the Bears, finishing off Rebecca Pike in a pair of 6-2 sets. Sophomore Kristen Case saw her first ever post-season action on court six.
Fresno State took two of the three doubles matches, with Chantel Wiggins and Courtney Jantz dropping Nora Gaal and Zorana Roganovic, 8-6 to clinch the point, giving the Bulldogs the momentum over the Cougars heading into singles. Wiggins, who also clinched the match for FSU, rallied after dropping the first set, 2-6, to throttle Gaal 6-0, 6-1 in the second and third sets. Likewise, Kim Niggemeyer had problems getting past Erica Perkins in the first set, ultimately defeating the Cougar, 7-6(3) in a tiebreak set. Niggemeyer blew past Perkins, 6-1, in the second stanza.
Cal and Fresno State will face off tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at Hellman Tennis Center.
No. 12 CALIFORNIA 4 (13-9), No. 45 BYU 0 (10-14)
Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) vs. Dominique Reynolds (BYU), Suspended.
Christina Fusano (Cal) vs. Lu Oswald (BYU), Suspended
Jieun Jacobs (Cal) def. Rebecca Pike (BYU), 6-2, 6-2*
Jody Scheldt (Cal) def. Brooke Beverley (BYU), 6-4, 6-0
Nicole Havlicek (Cal) def. Lindsay Ferrell (BYU), 6-2, 6-2
Kristen Case (Cal) vs. Lya Khoudoiarova (BYU), Suspended
Kops-Jones/Fusano (Cal) def. Reynolds/Beverley (BYU), 8-4
Jacobs/Scheldt (Cal) vs. Oswald/Ferrell (BYU), Suspended
Arguelles/Havlicek (Cal) def. Pike/Khoudoiarova, 8-6*
*clinched doubles point
No. 25 FRESNO STATE 4 (16-5), No. 27 WASHINGTON STATE 0 (11-11)
Kim Niggemeyer (FSU) def. Erica Perkins (WSU), 7-6(3), 6-1
Chloe Carlotti (FSU) vs. Stacy McKenna (WSU), Suspended
Simone Jardim (FSU) def. Orsi Sallai (WSU), 6-4, 7-5
Lucia Tallo (FSU) vs. Lorena Arias (WSU), Suspended
Chantel Wiggins (FSU) def. Nora Gaal (WSU), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1*
Ewa Grusiecka (FSU) vs. Chris Martinez (WSU), Suspended
Perkins/McKenna (WSU) def. Niggemeyer/Jardim (FSU), 8-4
Tallo/Carlotti (FSU) def. Arias/Martinez (WSU), 8-2
Wiggins/Jantz (FSU) def. Gaal/Roganovic (WSU), 8-6*
*clinched doubles point