Cardinal Proves Too Much for Bears

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The rain first drove away the crowds. It then spelled doom for the Cal women's tennis team.

In a match interrupted by a two-hour rain delay, the Bears lost for the first time all season Saturday to visiting Stanford.

The No. 3 Cardinal was too much to handle as it beat the No. 14 Bears by a final score of 7-0. It was the first Pac-10 dual match for both squads.

The only Cal win of the day came when Jieun Jacobs and Nicole Havlicek won a tiebreaking doubles match 9-8 (11-9) over Stanford's No. 3 tandem of Keiko Tokuda and Story Tweedie-Yates.

But their efforts were for naught as the Bears lost the other two doubles matches to drop the point.

"I thought that we were in every match," Havlicek said. "Unfortunately, the score doesn't really reflect that."

The Stanford veterans took all of the close matches. The Cardinal won every set that went to a seventh game.

In Saturday's premier match, Lauren Kalvaria showed again why she is No. 4 in the nation by out-dueling Raquel Kops-Jones, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Kalvaria and Kops-Jones fought each other at a feverish pace. Kalvaria was able to sit on the baseline and hammer out hard forehands. Kops-Jones, with some fantastic net play, flustered Kalvaria in the second set but stumbled in the end.

The Bears came into the game wanting to know how they stacked up against the best teams in the nation.

If Saturday was any indication, they still have some work to do.

Every Bear was defeated in singles play. Only Havlicek and Kops-Jones were able to extend their matches to a third set.

"I think it was an emotional match," Kops-Jones said, "We all played pretty tough."

The Bears looked good early on, but faltered as the Card got into a groove. At the rain delay, most matches were still close. After the rain had let up, the Cardinal took control of every court and closed the door on the home team.

The Bears aren't discouraged by the loss.

"It's really early in the season and Stanford is really solid," Havlicek said, "There's no reason why we can't beat them later in the season."

Havlicek and the rest of the Bears will get another shot when they play the Cardinal again March 3 in Palo Alto.

The day before, Cal dished out punishment against San Diego. In a lopsided match, the Bears kicked the Toreros out of Hellman by a count of 7-0.

All Cal players won their singles matches in straight sets.

Especially promising was the play of Carla Arguelles, who returned from injury to play her first singles match of the season. Arguelles beat up on her San Diego opponent in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.

The next two matches will also be played at home as the Bears take on San Diego State and Pac-10 rival Oregon.


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