Feb. 19, 2002
PAC-10 SEASON OPENS SATURDAY: No. 14 California looks to remain undefeated as it opens its Pac-10 season on Saturday versus arch-rival Stanford in Berkeley. First, however, the Bears will put their home non-conference winning streak to the test against the Toreros from San Diego. Cal has won 25 consecutive non-Pac-10 games at Hellman, most recently sweeping No. 75 Nevada, 7-0. Last week, the Bears soundly defeated two ranked team from Southern California in Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.
CASE COMES ON: As a freshman, sophomore Kristen Case did not see any action in the team's 23 dual meets. However, she is making a case for herself as a regular starter early in the 2002 campaign. In the Bears' 4-0 start, Case has played in three matches, and has yet to lose a set. In fact, Case has only lost a total of nine games in her six sets, in contrast to winning 36. Last weekend, she was an integral part of Cal's road trip, defeating Jessica Placencia of LMU by a resounding 6-0, 6-1 score, and then dropping Pepperdine's Ceyda Keyman the next day in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO: San Diego has struggled in the early going this season, dropping its first eight dual matches. In seeking their first win, the Toreros have only been able to score four points in all of their dual matches, and have been swept six out of eight times. Playing in the No. 1 court is senior Paola Arrangoiz, who has a 1-7 record, and has won only two sets on the season.
ABOUT STANFORD: No. 3 Stanford found itself in an unfamiliar position two weeks ago when it was defeated, 4-3, by Georgia at the National Team Indoor competition. That was the Cardinal's first loss since the 2000 campaign. Stanford, however, rebounded to throttle No. 56 UNLV last week to improve to 6-1 overall. The team features five ranked singles players, including No.4 senior Lauren Kalvaria, who showed little rust in a 6-0, 6-0 win last weekend in her return from injury. Kalvaria is also half of the nation's top-ranked doubles tandem, with fellow senior Gabriella Lastra. The pair is 1-0 in dual matches this year.
LAST WEEKEND'S ACTION IN REVIEW: The Cal women beat No. 66 Loyola Marymount, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the LMU tennis courts. In singles action, Cal took the doubles point and four out of the six singles courts. No. 26 Kops-Jones defeated LMU's Andrea Lord in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5 on the top court. Catherine Lynch breezed by Angelina Zdorovystska in two, 6-2, 6-0. Lynch is ranked at No. 49 in the current standings. In the No. 5 match, Golden Bear Jody Scheldt defeated Julie Hladik in two as well, 6-2, 7-6. On the sixth court, Case gave up only one game to Jessica Placencia, trouncing her by a 6-0, 6-1 count.
Against Pepperdine, the team improved to 4-0, defeating the Waves (3-6) by a 5-1 score in Malibu. Jieun Jacobs and Christina Fusano both rebounded from losses against Loyola Marymount on Saturday to impressive wins against the Waves. Jacobs defeated Alexandra Kujawska by a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and Fusano took her third win of the season with a straight set win over Karin Schlapbach, 6-4, 6-4. On the fourth court, Lynch came back from a 0-6 loss in her first set to drop Ana Anderson, 0-6, 7-5, 6-1. Doubles were not played due to inclement weather.