Cal Successful on Day One of Pac-10 Tournament

April 27, 2006

Ojai, Calif. - The California women's team was successful on its first day of competition Thursday at the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament, which is being held at the Ojai Valley Athletic Cub in Ojai, Calif. Five Bears will advance to the quarterfinals of singles play on Friday, while the outcome of the competition will determine the league's singles and doubles champions. Suzi Babos and Suzi Fodor advance in the singles main draw, while Marion Ravelojaona, Bojana Bobusic and Claire Ilcinkas advance in the singles invitational.

In the round of 32 of the singles main draw, third-seeded Fodor defeated USC's Dianne Matias, 6-2, 6-3. Teammate Babos, who holds a No. 8 seed in the tournament, downed Arizona's Stephanie Balzert, 6-1, 6-1. Cristina Visico outlasted Juliette Mavroleon of Arizona, 6-4, 6-2, while Stephanie Kusano defeated Whitney Deason of Stanford, 6-1, 6-2.

Two Bears were victorious in the round of 16, as Babos downed Oregon's Ceci Olivos, 6-2, 6-4. Fodor tallied her 30th singles victory this season after she defeated Sabrina Capannolo of Arizona State, 6-3, 6-3. Fodor is now 30-13 overall. Visico fell to Stanford's Anne Yelsey, 6-2, 6-2, and Kusano was defeated by USC's Lindsey Nelson, 6-4, 6-1.

In other singles action, Ilcinkas defeated Arizona's Tina Razloznik, 6-0, 6-2, in the invitational round of 32. Senior captain Jessica Shu tallied a victory, downing Kasia Jakowlew of Arizona, 6-2, 6-3, while Ravelojaona and Bobusic both sat out the round of 32 with byes.

Cal came up big in the singles invitational round of 16, as three out of four Bears tallied wins. Ravelojaona outlasted Oregon's Claudia Hirt, 6-4, 6-4, while Bobusic downed Washington State's Marjolein Van de Ven in two sets, 6-3, 6-0. Ilcinkas took Stanford's Lejla Hodzic to a tiebreaker and won, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8), while Shu dropped her set against UCLA's Elizabeth Lumpkin in three sets, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Action continues tomorrow, as Cal competes on the doubles court beginning at 9 a.m., and then contends in the singles quarterfinals, which begin at 11:30 a.m. (PST)

Complete ResultsDay one- Pac-10 ChampionshipsOjai Valley Athletic Club, Ojai, Calif.April 27, 2006

Singles round of 32(Cal) Suzi Babos d. (Ariz) Stephanie Balzert, 6-1, 6-1(Cal) Cristina Visico d. (Ariz) Juliette Mavroleon, 6-4, 6-2(Cal) Suzi Fodor d. (USC) Dianne Matias, 6-2, 6-3(Cal) Stephanie Kusano d. (Stan) Whitney Deason, 6-1, 6-2

Singles round of 16(Cal) Suzi Babos d. (Ore) Ceci Olivos, 6-2, 6-4(Stan) Anne Yelsey (Cal) Cristina Visico, 6-2, 6-2(Cal) Suzi Fodor d. (ASU) Sabrina Capannolo, 6-3, 6-3(USC) Lindsey Nelson d. (Cal) Stephanie Kusano, 6-4, 6-1

Singles invitational round of 32(Cal) Jessica Shu d. (Ariz) Kasia Jakowlew, 6-2, 6-3(Cal) Claire Ilcinkas d. (Ariz) Tina Razloznik, 6-0, 6-2(Cal) Bojana Bobusic--bye(Cal) Marion Ravelojaona--bye

Singles invitational round of 16(Cal) Marion Ravelojaona d. (Ore) Claudia Hirt, 6-4, 6-4(Cal) Bojana Bobusic d. (WSU) Marjolein Van de Ven, 6-3, 6-0(UCLA) Elizabeth Lumpkin d. (Cal) Jessica Shu, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3(Cal) Claire Ilcinkas d. (Stan) Lejla Hodzic, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8)

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