April 25, 1998
OJAI, Calif.-- Anita Kurimay and Esther Knox, ranked No. 22 in the nation lost a heatbreaker in the semi-finals of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai today, effectively knocking the sixth-ranked Bears out of the tournament.
Kurimay and Knox were the only Bears representatives to win a match in either singles or doubles of either the Pac-10 championships or the Pac-10 invitational. The duo defeated Washington State's Helene Frankland and Tunde Nagy, 6-2, 6-3 and 34th-ranked Monique Allegre and Betsy Miringhoff of Arizona State, 7-6(1), 6-2, before engaging in a three hour semi-finals battle with No. 10 Katy Propstra and Stephanie Lansdorp of Arizona State. The Cal tandem put forth a commendable effort but was unable to pull off an upset, losing to the Sun Devils, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4).
Last night, Jenny Lee and Claire Curran fell to Arizona State's Faye Devena and Kerry Giardino, 6-4, 7-6(5), after receiving a bye in the first round of the Pac-10 invitational.
No. 6 Cal completed its regular season with a 17-5 overall record and second place standing in the Pac-10. The Bears will return home to prepare for the NCAA Regionals to be held on May 15-17.