Women's Tennis: Cal Tandem Claims Doubles Crown At Pac-10 Championships





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Just when you thought the Cal women's tennis team was ready to begin summer vacation early, it decided to take its game to "next level" status.

The Bears played some of their best tennis of the season, producing a doubles champion and a singles semi-finalist at last weekend's Pac-10

Championships in Ojai, Calif.

Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones won the tournament's doubles crown after beating UCLA's tandem of Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher 8-6 on Sunday.

In order to make it to the final, Cal's lone doubles team had to fight through a gauntlet of tough

competitors.

The distinguished list includes UCLA's Sarah Walker, USC's Jewel Peterson, and Arizona State's Adria Engel.

"Raquel and I played well," Fusano said. "We really communicated and had good energy and just went for it."

In singles action, Raquel Kops-Jones made it the farthest of any Bear. Kops-Jones reached the semifinal round after dispatching her first three opponents in straight sets.

Kops-Jones faced off against USC's Peterson in the semi-final. The pair met two times during the dual match season, splitting their head-to-head matches. The last victory went to Kops-Jones, who beat Peterson last week in Los Angeles.

This time around, Peterson got the last laugh. The USC baseliner came back from an early first set deficit to take the match 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Cal's Fusano and Jieun Jacobs were eliminated in the second round.

Fusano lost to Stanford's Erin Burdette in a close three set battle.

Burdette squeaked by with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win.

"It was a good match," Fusano said of her match against Burdette. "It was disappointing but I felt I took a lot from it."

Stanford's Gabriela Lastra took the singles crown for 2002.

In the separate Pac-10 Invitational, Cal's Nicole Havlicek made it all the way to the Championship round before losing to USC's Tiffany Brymer, 1-6, 4-6.

Only Stanford had better success than the Bears at the tournament. The 2002 Pac-10 Champions produced one champion, one semifinalist, and one quarterfinalist in the singles draw.

The Bears' success at the Pac-10 championships couldn't have come at a better time. The all-important NCAA regional tournament begins May 11 at Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley. The victories in Ojai will lend momentum to a team that struggled to end their spring dual-match season with losses to USC and UCLA.

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