April 16, 2002
L.A. TOUR CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON: The Bears wrap up their 2002 regular season this weekend with a challenging two-match trip to Los Angeles. Cal will take on No. 8 UCLA and No. 19 USC. Both matches will be the Pac-10 version of the games played just two weeks ago in Berkeley. Last week, the Bears split with the Arizona schools, rebounding from a tough 4-3 loss to Arizona State to drop Arizona, 5-2.
PLAYING THEIR BEST TENNIS: Team captain Christina Fusano and Catherine Lynch have been Cal's leaders of late, ranking first and second on the team, respectively, in dual match victories. Fusano (15-4) is ranked No. 60 in the nation (13-4), while Lynch checks in at No. 73. Lynch, a sophomore from Ireland, has made her way from the fourth court, where she was a sparking 9-1, to the top of the Bears' rotation this season. Lynch made her debut at court one last weekend in Berkeley, losing to No. 20 Adria Engel (ASU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 before upsetting Arizona's 13th-ranked Maja Mlakar in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2.
ABOUT USC: The Trojans are 16-6, 6-0 Pac-10 as their season comes to a close this week. USC is led by four ranked singles players and two doubles tandems. Jewel Peterson checks in at No. 5, while Luana Magnani is ranked 31st in the nation. The last time that Cal and USC faced each other, the Bears stunned the higher-ranked Trojan squad, coming away with a 4-3 victory two weeks ago at Hellman Tennis Center. USC holds a slight 21-20 edge in the all-time series.
ABOUT UCLA: UCLA (15-3, 6-0 Pac-10) is led by No. 4 freshman Megan Bradley and 7th-ranked Sara Walker as the Bruins enter the weekend seeking their 1st-ever Pac-10 championship. Bradley joins with Lauren Fisher on the Bruins' top doubles court. The last time that Cal faced UCLA, the Bruins got the better of the Bears, winning two doubles matches and four singles points. UCLA also holds the all-time series advantage over Cal, having won 25 while only losing 21.
LAST WEEK AGAINST ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils defeated the Bears in a 4-3 heartbreaker Friday afternoon. After being swept in doubles, Cal gave Arizona State a run for its money in the latter half of the afternoon Jieun Jacobs scored the first point for the Bears in her return from illness, sweeping Cindy Sureephong off of court four, 6-1, 6-3. Jody Scheldt followed with an impressive 7-6, 6-3 win over Lauren Colallio. After the Sun Devils wrapped up their match-clinching fourth point, team captain Christina Fusano hunkered down to put an end to Mhairi Brown's rally at the third spot, taking a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win.
LAST WEEK AGAINST ARIZONA: The Bears got things back on track Saturday with a decisive 5-2 win over Arizona. Cal was swept in doubles for the second consecutive match, with Fusano and Jacobs rallying from a 4-0 deficit to lose in a tiebreaker 9-8 (8-6). The Bears got things back on track during singles, however, winning in straight sets on five of six courts. Fusano claimed yet another win, defeating Diane Hollands, 6-4, 6-1. Jacobs and Schelt both dominated on their respective courts, with Jacobs winning in a pair of 6-1 sets, while Scheldt finished off Lorena Marino 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Carla Arguelles was in the midst of a comeback against Marie-Pier Pouliot, when the Wildcat was forced to withdrawal due to injury.