Bears Seek Singles and Doubles Conference Titles in Ojai
Senior captain that is know as one of the best counter-punchers in college tennis...knows how to win, creates opportunities for herself to win matches...much improved as an all-court player...finished fall ranked No. 34 by ITA in singles...teamed with Raquel Kops-Jones, ranked No. 6 in doubles...FALL 2002: Competed in two tournaments, posting a 6-2 singles record...earned a spot at ITA All-American Qualifying Draw by defeating San Diego State's Silvia Tornier and Oklahoma's Anda Perianu in the prequalifying draw...lost in Round of 16 of qualifying draw to Florida's No. 30 Zerene Reyes...advanced to semifinals of Omni Hotels Regional Championships, defeating Oregon's No. 44 Daria Panova, 6-4, 6-1, in quarterfinals...lost to teammate and eventual champion Raquel Kops-Jones in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-3, ending her run...in doubles, teamed with Kops-Jones ranked No. 6 by the ITA, the pair went 7-3 in fall competition...qualified for the main draw at All-American Championships with consecutive wins in the qualifiers over No. 20 Esseghir/Fisher of UCLA and Johnson/Sukner of Marshall...dropped 8-3 decision to No. 22 Witten/Roels of Kentucky in the first round of the main draw...the pair was up-ended in semifinals of Regional Championships by Washington's No. 11 duo of Carter/Klaic...earned a spot at the Indoor Championships, making impressive run to semifinals with wins over No. 25 Causevic/Marker of Maryland and No. 26 Gordon/Scaringe of Florida...in semifinals, lost in rematch of regional semis to Carter/Klaic of Washington, 8-4...2001-02: Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference honors as well as being named 2002 honorable mention Academic All-American and Pac-10 All-Academic...team captain led Bears in dual wins with 18, playing mostly at the second and third courts...played at NCAA Singles Championship in first round in singles...paired with Raquel Kops-Jones at Pac-10 championships to win doubles title...pair had never played together prior to Pac-10s, but lept to No. 22 in national rankings following the victory...fourth-alternate for NCAA singles championship...created match-up problems for other teams at court three, where she compiled a 12-3 record...clinched Cal's 4-1 victory over Fresno State in the NCAA Regionals, coming back from losing her first seven games to win the match, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4...helped team down the stretch, winning five straight between 4/5/02 and 4/19/02...helped Bears upset USC with 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 91 Maureen Diaz...won nine of 11 to open season, as Bears posted 9-2 record at start of 2002...advanced to Omni Northwest Regional Championships Round of 16, before being eliminated by teammate Catherine Lynch...in doubles with Kops-Jones, led Bears to pair of victories at NCAA Regionals by winning both matches first...paired with Jieun Jacobs during regular season, compiling a 10-8 record...2000-01: Played majority of season in No. 2 spot, amassing 14-5 record there and 16-6 record overall in team play...playing in 2nd spot, jumped out to 5-game win streak en route to early 9-1 record, including key win in upset over No. 5 Texas, where she defeated Rebekah Forney in hard fought three-set victory 6-2, 2-6, 7-5...finished 1st on team with dual match wins (16) and 3rd with overall wins (25)...in three meetings with Arizona State, was only Bears player to go undefeated in singles, including win over Karin Palme 6-3, 6-3 in sweet sixteen...finished season ranked No. 64 by ITA...teamed with Sekita Grant in doubles to start 10-1 on 3rd court, en route to 13-5 record for season... duo played key role in win over North Carolina in 2nd round of NCAA tournament, winning 8-4...also played with freshman Catherine Lynch three times on No. 2 court, finishing with 2-1 record for season...1999-2000: Amassed 28-12 record in singles...beat both Pacific's Melinda Kocsis at NCAA Regional championships and Texas A&M's Eva Marcial...opened dual match season with 4 straight victories...at No. 5, went 9-4 and at No. 6, went 6-1...longest win streak came March 10 through March 26 when she won six straight...in doubles, teamed with Jenny Lee, with whom she went 9-7 overall and 6-5 at No. 3 spot...posted 8-3 record in fall singles competition...won her 1st collegiate match against Tammy Wang of Minnesota in pre-qualifying round at ITA All-American Riviera championships...made splash at Bulldog Invitational, where she advanced to final before losing to Fresno State's Kim Neggemeyer...in doubles, went 6-5 with partner Lee...established 11-10 record in doubles overall for season. PERSONAL/PREVIOUS: Came to Cal as top-ranked junior in Northern California from 1997-99...attained No. 28 national ranking as junior...did not play high school tennis, but lettered four years in volleyball and was all-league her senior season...also played basketball as senior...full name is Christina Anne Fusano ...majoring in sociology...hobbies include volleyball, basketball and country-western music...parents are Bettie Ann and Chris Fusano...has older brother, John, and older sister, Laurena...grandfather attended Cal in 1940s...born Nov. 27, 1980 in Sacramento, CA.
FUSANO'S Career Record
Singles Doubles Dual Overall Dual Overall 1999-00 19-8 28-12 8-5 11-10 2000-01 16-6 25-11 15-7 20-10 2001-02 18-4 25-10 15-8 29-13 Fall '02 0-0 6-2 0-0 7-3 Totals 53-18 84-33 38-20 67-36