Cal Knocks Off Fourth-Ranked Northwestern at ITA National Indoors

Feb. 2, 2006

MADISON, Wis. - The No. 18 California women's tennis team defeated No. 4 Northwestern, 5-2, Thursday, at the 2006 USTA-ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships being held at the University of Wisconsin's A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.

'It was a good team effort today,' said 28th-year head coach Jan Brogan. 'Our objectives were to fight, compete hard, play smart and have fun. The overall team result was strong. It was a good way to start the season. We started off winning the doubles point, which is a huge improvement for us.'

The win marks the seventh time that Cal has advanced to the USTA-ITA quarterfinals. Cal has reached the final eight in each of its last four appearances, dating back to 1998. Texas' win over the No. 2 seed Georgia Tech and Cal's win over the No. 3 seed marks the second straight year that the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds have lost in the first round.

Cal jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead over No. 3-seeded Northwestern after winning the doubles point. Suzi Babos teamed up with Stephanie Kusano, playing at the No. 1 doubles position, to defeat Cristelle Grier and Georgia Rose, 8-2. Szuszanna Fodor and Claire Ilcinkas outlasted Alexis Prousis and Feriel Esseghir, 8-3, playing in the No. 2 doubles position. Cal dropped one doubles point when Nazlie Ghazal and Jamie Peisel defeated Bojana Bobusic and Marion Ravelojanoa, 8-7.

On the singles court, the Bears grabbed four victories, while Northwestern tallied two. Playing in the No. 1 singles position, junior Zsuzsanna Fodor defeated Alexis Prousis, 6-3, 6-4. Sophomore Marion Ravelojanoa outlasted Jamie Peisel, 6-4, 6-1, while playing No. 4 singles. Freshman Bojana Bobusic defeated her opponent, Feriel Esseghir, 6-1, 6-2, in the No. 5 singles spot, while fellow freshman Claire Ilcinkas also recorded a victory in the No. 6 singles spot over Nazlie Ghazal, 6-0, 6-2.

Cal improves to 3-0 for the season, while Northwestern falls to 1-1.

Cal will face Duke Friday at 3 p.m. in the prestigious 16-team event.

COMPLETE RESULTS: CAL vs. NORTHWESTERN

DOUBLES:1. Babos/Kusano d. Grier/Rose, 8-22. Fodor/Ilcinkas d. Prousis/Esseghir, 8-33. Ghazal/Peisel d. Bobusic/Ravelojaona, 8-7

SINGLES:1. Zsuzsanna Fodor d. Alexis Prousis, 6-3, 6-42. Cristelle Grier d. Suzi Babos, 6-1, 6-13. Georgia Rose d. Stephanie Kusano, 7-6, 6-04. Marion Ravelojaona d. Jamie Peisel, 6-4, 6-15. Bojana Bobusic d. Feriel Esseghir, 6-1, 6-26. Claire Ilcinkas d. Nazlie Ghazal, 6-0, 6-2

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