April 5, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California women's tennis team lost a long and hard-fought battle today to the No. 7 squad from UCLA, 5-2, at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley. With the loss, the Bears fall to 10-6, while the Bruins improve to 13-2. The match did not count for Pac-10 standings.
After nearly an hour in rain delay, UCLA dominated the top two doubles courts, doubling up the top pair of pairs, 8-4. Team captain Christina Fusano combined with sophomore Nicole Havlicek to hold on for an impressive 9-7 extra games victory over Catherine Hawley and Mariko Fritz-Krockow on court No. 3.
Both Bears would take that momentum into their singles matches. Fusano outplayed UCLA's Petra Marinova at the third spot, winning 6-4, 6-2. Havlicek blew Fritz-Krockow off the sixth court with a dominating performance, taking a 6-0, 6-2 victory.
However, those would be Cal's only points on the day. Despite several hard-fought and long matches, the Bruins got the best of the Bears. Cal's Catherine Lynch played a nearly three hour match on the second court, taking Sara Walker to a tie-breaker in the first set and the two constantly one-upped each other on deuces, but Walker ultimately took a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 win from Lynch. Jody Scheldt staged a comeback on the fourth court, winning her second set 6-2, but Bruin Lauren Fisher got her act together in the third set, adding another point to UCLA's total.
Cal is back in action tomorrow at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley. The Bears will take on USC at noon.
Walker/Marinova (UCLA) def. Kops-Jones/Scheldt, 8-4
Bradley/Fisher (UCLA) def. Arguelles/Lynch, 8-4
Fusano/Havlicek (Cal) def. Hawley/Fritz-Krockow, 9-7
Megan Bradley (UCLA) def. Raquel Kops-Jones, 6-3, 6-1
Sara Walker (UCLA ) def. Catherine Lynch, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
Christina Fusano (Cal) def. Petra Marinova, 6-4, 6-2
Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Jody Scheldt, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Catherine Hawley (UCLA) def, Carla Arguelles, 6-4, 6-4
Nicole Havlicek (Cal) def. Mariko Fritz-Krockow, 6-0, 6-2