March 15, 2000
Berkeley, Calif. - The California women's tennis team heads into this week with a full plate as they host three home matches against No. 51 Purdue on Wed., No. 35 New Mexico on Thurs., and No. 22 Arkansas on Sun. The Purdue and New Mexico matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday's match will be played at noon. All matches will be played at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley.
A LOOK AT PURDUE: The Purdue Boilermakers enter Wed., match 5-5 on the year and 1-2 in Big Ten Play. Cal leads the overall series 1-0 as they defeated the Boilermakers, 6-3 last year in a match played in Berkeley. Leading the way for Purdue is senior Jennifer Embry who has amassed a team-leading 16-8 overall, and 8-2 dual match record at the No. 1 singles spot. She also teams with fellow senior Shannon Taheny to form a formidable doubles tandem. The duo, ranked 15th in the nation, has compiled a 16-5 overall, and 9-1 dual match record on the year. The Boilermakers are coming off a 6-3 loss in their most recent match to No. 37 Indiana on March 11.
A LOOK AT NEW MEXICO: New Mexico enters this week's match 10-6 overall, and 3-1 in Mountain West Conference play. The Lobos are riding a four-match win streak dating back to Feb. 26. This is the first meeting between Cal and New Mexico. The Lobos are led by senior Dominika Gerwin who has totaled a 21-9 overall record on the year. She recently was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for amassing a 36-0 undefeated mark in matches played at home. The Lobos will face the Pacific Tigers on Wed., March 15 iN Stockton before facing the Bears on Thursday.
A LOOK AT ARKANSAS: No. 22 Arkansas comes into this week's match 3-7 overall, and 1-6 in SEC play. They are lead by 12th-ranked Chin Bee Khoo, a 1999 All-American who has gone 22-9 on the year, and 12-5 in dual match play. The Bears and Lady Razorbacks have met once previously in 1993 when Cal downed Arkansas, 6-0. The Lady Razorbacks will play at Fresno State on March 17 before facing the Bears on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY MATCH IN REVIEW: After losing only their third dual match of the year to Arizona State on Sat., March 4, the Bears rebounded last Fri., March 10 with a 6-3 defeat over No. 13 William & Mary. After Anita Kurimay and Amy Jensen dropped their singles matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 slots respectively, the Bears bottom portion of the lineup rallied to win the No. 3 through No. 6 slots to give the Bears a 4-2 lead heading into doubles play. In doubles, Cal's duo of Amy Jensen and Claire Curran clinched the victory for the Bears when they defeated Carolijn van Rossum and Delphine Troch, 8-5 on court one. With the win the Bears move to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in Pac-10 play.
CURRAN AND JENSEN NAMED ITA DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH: Seniors Claire Curran and Amy Jensen were named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Doubles Team of the month for February as announced by the ITA office last week. The duo received the honor after going 6-2 for the month of Feb., with five top 35 victories. They also claimed the doubles crown at last month's Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam. Also look for Amy Jensen in this month's Sports Illustrated magazine as she appears in the "Faces In The Crowd" section after winning her third career grand slam title.
BORGERSEN/KURIMAY DISPLAY DOUBLES DOMINATION: After notching their 13th victory of the year last Friday against Jessyca Arthur and Lindsay Sullivan of William & Mary, senior Karoline Borgersen and Anita Kurimay have shown why they are one of the best doubles tandem's in the nation. Often overshadowed by Cal's top duo of Curran and Jensen, Borgersen and Kurimay, ranked No. 11 in the nation, have quietly gone on to amass a team leading 13-4 record on the year. This includes an 8-1 record in dual match play, also tops for the Bears this season.