May 4, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 5 California women's tennis team began its quest for an NCAA title today, earning its 19th consecutive selection to the NCAA tournament today. The Bears, seeded fifth in the tournament, will host one of 16 regional tournaments May 13-14 at Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley. Up first for Cal will be No. 71 University of Pacific, Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m.
Other teams in the Bears bracket are No. 28 Kentucky and No. 39 Texas A & M who will meet May 13 at 2 p.m. The winners from each match will then play in the second round, May 14, at noon. The winner advances to the NCAA Championships held May 20-23, at Pepperdine University.
The Bears, who advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 1999, earned their 2000 selection after finishing 17-6 overall and 6-2 in Pac-10 play.
The Bears also learned that two singles players and two doubles teams earned entries into the individual portion of the tournament, held May 24-28, also at Pepperdine. In singles, senior Amy Jensen will be making her second consecutive appearance, while junior Anita Kurimay earned her first-ever invitation. Senior Claire Curran was named as an alternate. In doubles, Jensen will try to become the first woman ever to threepeat as NCAA doubles champion with Claire Curran, while Kurimay and her partner, senior Karoline Borgersen, will be seeing NCAA action for the first time.
For complete tournament information and a look at the tournament bracket go to the tournament's official website at www.ncaachampionships.com.