Cal Tennis Duo in NCAA Championship Match Friday.
May 25, 2000
Malibu, CA - Cal's doubles team of Amy Jensen and Claire Curran are just one victory away from capturing the school's third consecutive NCAA doubles title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Pepperdine's Paola Palencia and Ipek Senoglu in a semi-final match in Malibu, CA Thursday afternoon.
Jensen and Curran will now face Georgia's team of Marissa Catlin and Lori Grety who defeated Martina Ondrejkova and Iva Puflerova of South Alabama 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday. A win for the Golden Bears would mean an unprecedented third straight doubles title for Cal's Amy Jensen, something nobody has ever done in the history of the NCAA Tournament. She won the 1998 and '99 crowns with former Cal teammate Amanda August.
Jensen and Curran, ranked in the No. 5-8 seeding slot for the NCAA Tournament, have now won four consecutive doubles matches to reach the finals of the doubles draw. Three of the four wins have come in straight sets, including an impressive 6-2, 6-1 upset victory over No. 3 seeded Alison Bradshaw and Lelena McCoury of Arizona State on Wednesday night.
Jensen and Curran are currently 22-7 on the season and enjoyed a No. 5 national ranking at the end of the regular season. The tandem was the nation's No. 1 ranked doubles team during the month of February.
As a team Cal made it to the semi-finals before dropping a decision to Stanford last Saturday.