April 24, 2002
BEARS PREPARE TO ENTER POST-SEASON: No. 13 Cal (12-9, 3-5) concluded its 2002 regular season slate last weekend in Los Angeles, where the Bears lost a pair of hard-fought battles with Pac-10 foes USC and UCLA. This weekend, Cal will travel to Ojai to compete in the Pac-10 Championships, an individual event comprised of players from the conference schools. With the regular season concluded, the Bears currently boast four ranked singles players and two ranked doubles tandems. Cal is set to host NCAA Regional competition on May 11-12 at Hellman Tennis Center.
BEARS IN THE RANKINGS
California is ranked No. 13 in the nation
No. 32, Sophomore Raquel Kops-Jones
No. 45, Sophomore Catherine Lynch
No. 50, Junior Christina Fusano
No. 77, Sophomore Jieun Jacobs
No. 22, Sophomore Raquel Kops-Jones
Sophomore Jody Scheldt
No. 59 Junior Christina Fusano
Sophomore Jieun Jacobs
PREVIEWING THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pacific-10 conference is known historically for its tough tennis competition, and 2002 has been no exception. All nine of the Pac-10 women's tennis squads are ranked, none lower than No. 37, including seven in the top 25 and three in the top ten.
RANKED PAC-10 SQUADS
9 Arizona State
26 Washington State
LAST WEEK AGAINST USC: Cal began its Los Angeles tour Friday against USC, dropping a hard-fought 5-2 decision to the Trojans at Marks Tennis Stadium. USC began the day by sweeping the Bears on the doubles courts to take a quick 1-0 lead. In singles, No. 39 Raquel Kops-Jones busted out of her skid to throttle the ITA's sixth-ranked player in Jewel Peterson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Team captain Christina Fusano (58th), playing on court three, made short work of Anita Loyola, winning in a pair of 6-2 sets. Jody Scheldt gave Tiffany Brymer a run for her money on the fifth court, ultimately losing a tough 7-6, 6-7 10-7 match.
LAST WEEK AGAINST UCLA: The Bears remained in Los Angeles Saturday, being defeated 6-1 by No. 5 UCLA to finish off both teams' regular seasons. Cal nearly took the doubles point from the Bruins when, with each team having claimed one set, Cal's No. 20 duo of Kops-Jones and Scheldt pushed UCLA's No. 2 tandem of Petya Marinova and Sara Walker to the brink, ultimately losing 9-7. The Bruins, however, would translate that momentum to their singles game, winning four of the six matches in straight sets. Cal's lone win on the afternoon came from freshman Carla Arguelles, who fought off a comeback attempt by Lauren Fisher on the fifth court to claim a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory.