May 21, 1998
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The sixth-ranked California women's tennis team lost to No. 11 William & Mary, 5-3, today in the first round of the NCAA championships at Notre Dame. The Bears ended their season with a 18-6 overall, 10-2 Pac-10 finish while William & Mary (23-8, 6-0 Colonial Athletic Assoc.) advances to the quarterfinals for the second straight year.
Junior Amanda Augustus, ranked No. 5 in the nation, suffered a 6-4, 6-7 (0), 6-4 loss to No. 6 Lauren Nikolaus at No. 1 singles. It was Augustus' first loss in team competition since April 7 against Stanford and her record now stands at 26-8. With the win, Nikolaus revenged on her three set loss to Augustus last fall at the Riviera All-American. She now needs just three more victories to break William & Mary's all-time record for wins in a season (38).
Cal's singles victories came at the Nos. 2-4 positions. Amy Jensen, playing at No. 2 for just the fifth time this year, overwhelmed No. 31 Michelle O, 6-4, 6-0. Jensen finished her sophomore campaign with a 22-12 overall record.
No. 43 Esther Knox handed Carolijn van Rossum a 6-2, 6-4 loss in the No. 3 match. Knox finished team competition 4-1 at the No. 3 spot and now has a 21-16 overall record.
Freshman Anita Kurimay had a wild match at No. 4 in her first showing at the NCAAs. She won the first set, 6-3, and lost the second, 1-6, before rebounding to take the third, 6-1 against Tari Ann Toro.
With the score tied at three apiece, the Tribe and the Bears entered doubles play. At No. 2, Knox and Kurimay, the nation's No. 22-ranked tandem were upset by Toro and Laura Tsaggaris, 8-6. Meanwhile, Francesca La'O and Jenny Lee fell to Annette Oosters and van Rossum, 8-6, in the No. 3 match to end the Bears short run at the NCAA championships.
Augustus and Knox will compete in next week's NCAA singles tournament and the teams of Augustus/Jensen and Kurimay/Knox will represent Cal in the NCAA doubles event. Both individual tournament draws will be posted on Sunday, May 24 and play is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 25.
NCAA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS FIRST ROUND RESULTS
WILLIAM & MARY: 5 CAL: 3