April 5, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - The California women's tennis team heads south this week to take on No. 7 USC on Fri., Apr. 7 at 1:30 p.m., and No. 8 UCLA on Sat., Apr. 8, at 1:00 at noon.
A LOOK AT USC: This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams as they will meet again on Apr. 22 in Berkeley. The Bears enter this week's match with revenge on their mind as they were defeated by the Trojans, 5-4, on Apr. 17th of last season. USC holds the overall lead in the series, 20-17 and enters this week's match 13-4 on the year and 2-2 in Pac-10 play. They are coming off the heels of a 6-3 loss to UCLA last weekend while they are lead by freshman Jewel Petersen who boasts a No. 8 national ranking.
A LOOK AT UCLA: This is also the first meeting between the Bears and Bruins this season, as they will also meet later this month in Berkeley. UCLA is 11-5 on the year having recently notched a big victory over USC last weekend. The Bruins lead the overall series, 22-19, including a 6-0 thrashing of the Bears in their last meeting. UCLA is led by freshman Sara Walker who recently cracked the national rankings at No. 9.
SAN DIEGO STATE MATCH IN REVIEW: The Bears notched an easy win over No. 66 San Diego State on March 24th, when they trounced the Aztecs 7-2 in a match played in San Diego. The Bears swept five of the six singles matches and two of three doubles matches to pick up the win. Cal's only losses of the day came at the No. 3 singles slot where Karoline Borgersen lost to Katja Korrento, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, and at the No. 3 doubles sport where Jenny Lee and Emeka Mayes lost to Julie Chidley and Lindsey Hedberg, 9-8. Claire Curran made her return to the lineup after missing three matches due to illness a good one as she defeated Lindsey Hedberg, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 4 slot.
PEPPERDINE MATCH IN REVIEW: The Bears lost a tough match Mar. 26, losing to No. 5 Pepperdine, 5-4 for only the fourth loss of the season. The Bears got off to a rough start, losing four of six singles matches to the Waves. Cal's only victories came on courts one and five where Anita Kurimay defeated Ipek Senoglu, 6-4, 6-4 and Christina Fusano beat Dorothee Kurz, 6-0, 6-2, respectively. The Bears battled back to take doubles matches on courts two and three before Claire Curran and Amy Jensen's loss to Paola Palencia and Ipek Senoglu on court one sealed the victory for the Waves. The loss moves the Bears to 12-4 on the season.
FUSANO CONTINUES WINNING WAYS: Freshman Christina Fusano continues to be red-hot for the Golden Bears as she is in the midst of a six-match win streak dating back to March 10. The native of Placerville, CA, was the only Bear besides Anita Kurimay to come away with two wins last week, grabbing easy victories over Julie Chidley of San Diego State, 6-4, 6-0, and Dorothee Kurz of Pepperdine, 6-0, 6-2. The super frosh's 19 victories on the year is third best on the team, while her .731 win percentage is tops for a Golden Bear this year.
CAL BOASTS TWO DOUBLES TEAMS IN TOP 10: With the release of last week's WingspanBank.com National Rankings, Cal now boasts two doubles teams in the Top 10, the only school in the nation to do so. The Bears's super duo of Claire Curran and Amy Jensen (13-6) climbed from the No. 7 slot to No. 3 while Karoline Borgersen and Anita Kurimay (18-4) moved from No. 14 to No. 6.
JENSEN CLOSING IN ON 100-WIN MILESTONE: Cal senior Amy Jensen needs only six more wins to reach 100 victories in her career. One of the best and most decorated players ever to play at Cal, the native of Brisbane, Australia has compiled a 94-44 overall record during her four years as a Golden Bear.
IN THE FUTURE: After this week, the Bears will play at Stanford on Mon., Apr. 11 and host Arizona on Apr. 14, and Arizona State on Apr. 15.