Feb. 27, 2002
HELLMAN HOMESTAND ROLLS FORWARD: After splitting last weekend at home, the Bears remain at Hellman for a rare four-match homestand. First up for Cal this weekend will be the Aztecs of San Diego State, and then the Bear women will take on the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.
TRUE FRESHMAN OR VETERAN?: True freshman Carla Arguelles saw the first doubles action of her collegiate career two weeks ago in Pepperdine. Remaining in the lineup in both doubles matches last week, Arguelles added a singles match to her dance card, and wowed spectators. She defeated USD's Ann Seppi by a 6-1, 6-0 score, in which Arguelles dominated from everywhere on the court. She has compiled a 2-1 record in doubles, alternating with partners Catherine Lynch and Nicole Havlicek.
HELLMAN TOUGH FOR PAC-10 OUTSIDERS: Friday's 7-0 sweep of the visiting Toreros of San Diego marked the team's 25th-consecutive win over a non-Pac-10 opponent at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley. The last time that a non-conference opponent defeated the Bears at home came on March 8, 1996 when Cal was up-ended by No. 10 Pepperdine by a 5-4 score. During the 2002 campaign, there will be two more challengers to this impressive streak (San Diego State and Fresno State).
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE: San Diego State has opened this season with a 5-2 record. Playing on the top court for the Aztecs is Sylvia Tornier, who has posted a 4-2 dual record in singles, and a 4-1 record in doubles.
ABOUT OREGON: The 59th-ranked Ducks sport a 6-4 record heading into their Bay Area tour. Most recently, Oregon was throttled by No. 29 Washington State, who dropped a 6-1 decision on the Ducks. Claiming the only win on the day was sophomore Courtney Nagle, who defeated her opponent in straight sets on the No. 4 court, 6-1, 6-2. Playing at the top spot for Oregon is Janice Nyland.
LAST WEEKEND'S ACTION IN REVIEW: The team had a pair of polar opposite matches last weekend, sweeping San Diego, and in turn being swept by Stanford. Against the Toreros, the victory began with doubles, as Cal jumped out to at least a 3-0 lead on every court. The Toreros never got close, with the Bears only losing a total of 5 out of 29 games, on their way to claiming the doubles point. Christina Fusano and Jieun Jacobs were particularly impressive on court no. 3, dropping USD's team of Sepei and Kazarien 8-0. It continued with singles, as the Bears showed off their depth once again. At no. 4, Jody Scheldt dropped her opponent 6-0, 6-3.
Against Stanford, the tables were turned on the Bears. In doubles, Christina Fusano and Jieun Jacobs held off a late rally by Stanford's duo of Tokuda/Tweedie-Yates, defeating them 9-8 (11-9). With the win, although the Cardinal took the doubles point, the Bears took the momentum heading into the singles portion of the afternoon. But the weather would not cooperate, and many of the Cal faithful who saw the Bears open up leads on five of the six singles courts were driven away by mother nature. After the rain delay held up singles for nearly two hours, Raquel Kops-Jones put on a show for those who arrived late from the Cal men's basketball win over USC, performing at a high level in a tough match against fourth-ranked Lauren Kalvavia. Kops-Jones fought hard, taking many of her games to extra points. Likewise for sophomores Nicole Havlicek and Catherine Lynch, who kept their courts tight throughout the day.