Feb. 2, 2009

Courtesy Cal

BERKELEY -

The No. 2-ranked California women's tennis team (2-0) put an end to No. 37 Washington's (4-1) perfect run with a 5-2 win today at the Hellman Tennis Complex in the 2009 ITA Kick-Off Weekend. With the victory, the Golden Bears earn a berth to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc. in two weeks (Feb. 13-16). Earlier in the day, No. 48 Long Beach State (1-2) defeated No. 49 North Carolina State (1-3), 6-1, in the consolation match.

The Bears had little trouble clinching the doubles point but found themselves in a dog fight in their singles matches. Senior Bojana Bohusic and freshman Stephany Chang teamed up to finish off Aleksandra Malovic and Lina Xu on the third doubles court, 8-0, before the No. 7-ranked duo of sophomore Marina Cossou and senior Claire Ilcinkas claimed the doubles point for Cal with an 8-4 win against No. 47-ranked Venise Chan and Denise Dy on the top court.

Cal jumped out to a 2-0 lead as senior Marion Ravelojaona got off court first with her 6-3, 6-3 win over Joyce Ardies on court five. No. 30-ranked Ilcinkas pushed that lead to 3-0 when she defeated Xu on court three, 6-4, 6-3. The Huskies answered back with a win on the top court next as No. 81-ranked Chan pulled out the 6-3, 7-5 win against sophomore Mari Andersson.

No. 15-ranked Bobusic completed her court-four match next and came through with the clincher as she parlayed a 7-1 first-set tiebreaker victory into the momentum she needed to wipe out Samantha Smith with a 6-0 second set. No. 13-ranked Cossou had trouble with the No. 112-ranked Dy on court two and fell in a three-setter, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3. Cossou fought hard to win the second set tiebreaker, 7-5, but could not outmatch Dy in the third.

Chang and Malovic were the last to get off court in the day's only other three-set match with the Bears prevailing, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2 to set up the final score, 5-2, in Cal's favor.

The Bears hit the road next weekend as they head to Southern California to face San Diego State on Friday (Feb. 6) at 2 p.m. and UC Irvine on Saturday (Feb. 7) at 11 a.m. Please check CalBears.com for more information and details this week.

No. 2 California (2-0) def. No. 37 Washington (4-1), 5-2
Sunday, February 1, 2009
ITA Kick-Off Weekend | Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.
Doubles
1. No. 7 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. No. 47 Chan/Dy (UW) 8-4
2. Andersson/Ravelojaona (CAL) vs. Ardies/Smith (UW) DNF (tied 5-5)
3. Bobusic/Chang (CAL) def. Malovic/Xu (UW) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 1*, 2 (California wins doubles point)
Singles
1. No. 81 Venise Chan (UW) def. Mari Andersson (CAL) 6-3, 7-5
2. No. 112 Denise Dy (UW) def. No. 13 Marina Cossou (CAL) 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3
3. No. 30 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Lina Xu (UW) 6-4, 6-3
4. No. 15 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Samantha Smith (UW) 7-6(1), 6-0
5. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Joyce Ardies (UW) 6-3, 6-3
6. Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 3, 1, 4*, 2, 6

No. 48 Long Beach State (1-2) def. No. 49 North Carolina State (1-3), 6-1
Sunday, February 1, 2009
ITA Kick-Off Weekend | Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.
Doubles
1. Brock/Hojckova (NCST) def. Dallara/Grady (LBSU) 8-4
2. Barringer/Mortlock (NCST) def. Armstrong/Sutton (LBSU) 8-6
3. Manasse/Weeks (LBSU) def. Petrovic/Sessoms (NCST) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2* (North Carolina State wins doubles pont)
Singles
1. No. 68 Hannah Grady (LBSU) def. No. 87 Lenka Hojckova (NCST) 6-2, 7-6(7)
2. Deborah Armstrong (LBSU) def. Berkeley Brock (NCST) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
3. Rachel Manasse (LBSU) def. Neils Barringer (NCST) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
4. Anais Dallara (LBSU) def. Diana Mortlock (NCST) 6-4, 6-1
5. Julie Luzar (LBSU) def. Pender Sessoms (NCST) 6-0, 6-1
6. Lisa Sutton (LBSU) def. Jackie Ussery (NCST) 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 6, 4, 1*, 3, 2