Fatigued Cal Squad Shaves Razorbacks

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After playing two consecutive matches earlier in the week, it wouldn't have been too much of a shock if the Cal women's tennis team looked a little bit fatigued against Arkansas yesterday.

And at the beginning of their first sets, it looked as if the wear and tear of the previous matches was taking its toll on the No. 5 Bears.

But Cal managed to resume the solid play that toppled Purdue and New Mexico last week and defeated the Razorbacks, 8-1.

"I think on some of the courts we started slow," Bears coach Jan Brogan said. "We had to sit around because there was a mixup with some of the officials and we were out of our routine before the matches had even begun. But we fought back and that's what is important."

Although senior Claire Curran missed her third straight match due to an illness, Cal (11-3, 4-2 in the Pac-10) was able to make up for her loss with strong play from everyone on the roster to remain undefeated in nonconference play.

"Our depth has always been something that has helped us through matches," Brogan said. "It was really good to see the whole team play well and get the win together."

The Bears won all but one of their singles matches, including a close match on the No. 6 court, where freshman Morisa Yang battled back from a five-match point deficit to defeat Youlia Boyakjieva 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.

The turning point for Yang came in the second set when she was able to win the tiebreak, 9-7. The victory marked Yang's third consecutive win.

"I was most pleased with the way Morisa played," Brogan said. "She just destroyed her opponents in the matches earlier this week and this time she was up against a steadier player. For her to come from behind and be mentally tough says a lot for a freshman."

Along with solid play from Yang, Amy Jensen fought through a tough match against Andrea Ho, and stayed mentally focused to defeat her opponent, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

The only mark against Cal was Anita Kurimay's 4-6, 4-6 loss to Chin Bee Khoo in the No. 1 spot. Khoo, a 1999 All-American, came into the match ranked 20th in the nation and frustrated Kurimay with her steady baseline play.

"Anita just was too impatient today," Brogan said. "Her opponent had a really good push from the baseline and just was able to get Anita off her game."

The Bears swept Arkansas in doubles play with Kurimay and Karoline Borgerson downing Ho and Khoo, 8-4, Jensen and Jenny Lee defeating Adriana Lopez and Jeanette Barnholzer, 8-6, and Yang and Emeka Mayes beating Boyakjieva and Tara Reid, 8-4.

With the win, the tandem of Kurimay and Borgerson extended its winning streak to six and has now won 11 of its last 12 matches.

"We were just playing really well today," Borgerson said. "Having played so many games earlier in the week we had a lot of confidence coming in against this team. We were at our peak energy level and were just incredibly match-tough."

Cal's next test will be when the team travels to Southern California to face San Diego State on Friday. Brogan knows that the wins this past week are instrumental to how the Bears fare down south.

"The win today was really good because it gives us the confidence we lacked at this time last season heading down to Southern California," Brogan said. "We were in a little slump last year and it feels good not to be in the same spot this year."


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