Cal Falls to Fresno State
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/21/2004

Feb. 21, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal suffered its worst defeat in two years to Fresno State Saturday, falling 4-2. With the loss, the No. 4 Golden Bears drop to 7-2 on the season and will look to bounce back next weekend, when the Bears open up their Pac-10 schedule against Oregon and Stanford.

The Bears were without 2003 team MVP Jody Scheldt, who rested her ailing shoulder against the No. 21 Bulldogs (3-1).

Catherine Lynch (def. Vlatka Jovanovic, 6-0, 6-2) and Nicole Havlicek (def. Katharina Winterhalter, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3) were the only bright spots for the Bears, both picking up their 15th victories of the season.

Kristen Case (lost to Courtney Jantz, 7-5, 6-3) and Monica Wiesener (lost to Lucia Sainz, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3) both lost heartbreakers. Fresno native Raquel Kops-Jones played her worst tennis of the 2003-04 season, making 32 unforced errors in a 6-3, 6-2, loss to Jelena Pandzic. Kops-Jones has been battling a lower back injury over the past several months.

"We took one of our worst loss in a long time," Cal coach Jan Brogan said. "We did not play like a team that has six seniors from a 2003 team that made the NCAA semifinal, but we'll work on getting back to that level of play."

The Bears look to reverse today's fortune next week, as they host a very tough Oregon team Saturday at noon.

Kops-Jones l. Pandzic 6-3 6-2
Jacobs l. Tallo 6-4 7-6
Havlicek d. Winterhalter 4-6 6-2 6-2
Lynch d Jovanovic 6-0 6-2
Wiesener l. Sainz 6-4 2-6 6-3
Case l. Janle 7-5 6-3