No. 9 Cal Hooks Longhorns with 4-1 NCAA Second Round Win
May 9, 2009
Courtesy of Cal Athletics
BERKELEY - The No. 9-ranked California women's tennis team (19-4, 7-1 Pac-10) bounced back after losing the doubles point to defeat No. 31 Texas (17-8, 10-1 Big 12), 4-1, today at the Hellman Tennis Complex in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship. The Golden Bears will advance to face No. 8 Georgia Tech (18-7, 9-2 ACC) in the NCAA round of 16 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, at 3 p.m. CT, on Friday, May 15.
Cal started off the day slowly and allowed the Longhorns to gain control of the match with the doubles point. Senior Bojana Bobusic and freshman Stephany Chang was the first Cal duo to come off the courts as they solidified an 8-5 win against Maggie Mello and Marija Milic at No. 3 doubles. Texas answered back to knot things up for the point however, as Stephanie Davison and Caroline Larsson took out No. 35-ranked sophomore Marina Cossou and senior Claire Ilcinkas at court two. The Bears surrendered the doubles point when the No. 7-ranked team of sophomore Mari Andersson and freshman Jana Juricova fell in an 8-4 loss to Amanda Craddock and Krista Damico at the top court.
The Bears were undeterred by being behind the count as singles matches started. No. 54-ranked Ilcinkas breezed through her match on court four to tie the score at one-all as she took out Sarah Lancaster, 6-0, 6-1. No. 11-ranked Juricova came through next with a big 6-1, 6-0 win over Damico at the top court to push Cal ahead with a 2-1 lead. The Longhorns' hopes were buoyed by California product, Maggie Mello, who took the first set from No. 41-ranked Andersson at No. 3 singles but the Bears uppedthe ante once more as No. 26-ranked Cossou gave Cal the 3-1 lead by winning her match against Caroline Larsson, 6-3, 6-1, at court two.
No. 32-ranked Bobusic faced a five-all tie in the first set before reeling off the final two games to get the 7-5 win. In the second set, she crafted a masterful 5-1 lead over Craddock at court five. One court over, Chang struggled in the second after having an easy time in the first. At court three, Andersson evened things up by winning the second set. In the end, Bobusic claimed the honors by finishing off Craddock, 6-1, to seal the win for the Bears. For Bobusic, it was her team-leading 36th singles win of the season.
The Bears will depart Berkeley for College Station, Texas, on Tuesday in preparation for their third NCAA round of 16 appearance in as many years. Last year, Cal advanced to the championship final; the furthest any Bear squad has ever ventured into the NCAA tournament. The Bears faced a No. 7-ranked Georgia Tech team in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February and came away with a 5-2 win.
No. 9 California 4, No. 31 Texas 1 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship | Second Round Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif. Saturday, May 9, 2009
1. Craddock/Damico (TEX) def. No. 7 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) 8-4
2. Davison/Larsson (TEX) def. No. 35 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) 8-4
3. Bobusic/Chang (CAL) def. Mello/Milic (TEX) 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1* (Texas wins doubles point)
1. No. 11 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Krista Damico (TEX) 6-1, 6-0
2. No. 26 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. Caroline Larsson (TEX) 6-3, 6-1
3. No. 41 Mari Andersson (CAL) vs. Maggie Mello (TEX) DNF
4. No. 54 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Sarah Lancaster (TEX) 6-0, 6-1
5. No. 32 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Amanda Craddock (TEX) 7-5, 6-1
6. Stephany Chang (CAL) vs. Stephanie Davison (TEX) DNF
Order of finish: 4, 1, 2, 5*