No. 8 Cal Defeats No. 17 ASU, 6-1, Stays Perfect in Pac-10 Play

March 4, 2006

BERKELEY - The No. 8 California women's tennis team recorded a 6-1 victory over the 17th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, Saturday afternoon at Hellman Tennis Center. With the win, the Bears remain undefeated in conference play at 4-0, 10-3 overall, while ASU falls to 0-3 in the Pac-10, 6-3 overall.

The Bears got the match off to a strong start after grabbing the doubles point and upsetting 22nd-ranked Kady Poole and Roxanne Clarke. Suzi Fodor and Suzi Babos, who are currently ranked No. 35 in doubles play, defeated No. 22 Poole and Clarke, 8-1, playing in the No. 1 spot. Also tallying a victory for Cal was Stephanie Kusano and Bojana Bobusic, who outlasted Rebecca Rankin and Laila Abdala, 8-5, playing No. 3 doubles. The Bears dropped one match to the Sun Devils, after Claire Ilcinkas and Marion Ravelojaona fell to Sabrina Capannolo and Jessica Leitch, 8-3, in the No. 2 spot.

In singles play, Cal posted victories on five courts. Third-ranked Fodor defeated No. 65 Capannolo, 6-2, 6-2, playing in the No. 1 position. Twenty-fifth-ranked Babos dropped a set to No. 93 Pooler, but came out victorious, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, in the No. 2 singles position. Cristina Visico, ranked 70th, defeated Clarke in the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 7-6. Ilcinkas, a freshman from Paris, France, outlasted Wendy Pilecka, 6-0, 6-2, playing No. 4 singles. Fellow freshman Bojana Bobusic also tallied a win for the Bears, defeating Laila Abdala, 6-2, 7-6, in the No. 6 position. ASU recorded one singles victory for the day when Rebecca Rankin outlasted Jessica Shu, 6-3, 7-6, playing in the No. 5 spot.

Cal remains at home, as it hosts William and Mary, Friday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m. and then top-ranked Stanford, Saturday, March 11 at noon. All matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Center.

COMPLETE RESULTSMarch 4- Hellman Tennis Center, Berkeley, CANo. 8 Cal 6, No. 17 ASU 1

DOUBLES:1. (Cal) #35 Fodor/Babos d. (ASU) #22 Poole/Clarke, 8-12. (ASU) Capannolo/Leitch d. (Cal) Ilcinkas/Ravelojaona, 8-33. (Cal) Kusano/Bobusic d. (ASU) Rankin/Abdala, 8-5

SINGLES:1. (Cal) # 3 Suzi Fodor d. (ASU) #65 Sabrina Capannolo, 6-2, 6-22. (Cal) #25 Suzi Babos d. (ASU) #93 Kady Pooler, 6-3, 2-6, 6-43. (Cal) #70 Cristina Visico d. (ASU) Roxanne Clarke, 6-3, 7-64. (Cal) Claire Ilcinkas d. (ASU) Wendy Pilecka, 6-0, 6-25. (ASU) #50 Rebecca Rankin d. (Cal) Jessica Shu, 3-6, 6-76. (Cal) Bojana Bobusic d. (ASU) Laila Abdala, 6-2, 7-6

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