Cal Shuts Out Western Michigan, 4-0, Advances to NCAA Second Round
May 12, 2006
BERKELEY - The 11th-ranked California women's tennis team convincingly defeated Western Michigan, 4-0, Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Hellman Tennis Center on the Cal campus. The Bears improved to 17-7 overall and will play the winner of Sacramento State/ Fresno State, Saturday at noon, in the second round. The Broncos ended their season at 21-5.
The Bears got the match off to a strong start after clinching the doubles point. Eighth-ranked Zsuzsanna Fodor and Suzi Babos won the first set, downing Malena Remynse and Carrie Jeanmaire, 8-1, playing in the No. 1 position. Freshman Bojana Bobusic and sophomore Stephanie Kusano ensured the doubles point for Cal, outlasting Reedhina Parekh and Kristen Paul, 8-4, on court No. 2. Play was abandoned on court No. 3 after Cal won the point, with Claire Ilcinkas and Marion Ravelojaona leading Rattiay Hiranrat and Noriko Saruta, 6-5.
'It was a good first match,' said junior Zsuzsanna Fodor. 'The first match is always hectic because of the excitement. Everyone got through and played well at the end.'
Cal clinched the match with three singles victories and abandoned play with the Bears leading 2-1 on courts four through six. Fodor, the nation's third-ranked player and the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Year, defeated the Broncos' Malena Remynse in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 1 singles position. Eighty-fifth-ranked Stephanie Kusano clinched the next point for the Bears on court No. 3, downing Reedhina Parekh, 6-2, 6-0. Babos, currently ranked 27th, secured the victory for the Bears when she came from behind to defeat Carrie Jeanmaire, 7-6, 6-0, playing No. 2 singles.
'As a team we still have a lot of work to do,' said assistant coach Amy Jensen. 'We need to keep everyone focused on the areas we need to improve because we're still not close to playing our best.'
Cal reached the round of 16 last season and was a national semifinalist in 2003.
Complete results, Women's Tennis NCAA 1st Round#11 Cal 4, Western Michigan 0Hellman Tennis Center, Berkeley, CAMay 12, 2006
DOUBLES1. #8 Fodor/Babos (Cal) d. Remynse/Jeanmaire (WM), 8-12. Bobusic/Kusano (Cal) d. R. Parekh/ Paul (WM), 8-43. Ilcinkas/Ravelojaona (Cal) Hiranrat/Saruta (WM), DNF*Order of finish, 1, 2
SINGLES1. #3 Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) d. Malena Remynse (WM), 6-1, 6-12. #27 Suzi Babos (Cal) d. Carrie Jeanmaire (WM), 7-6, 6-23. #85 Stephanie Kusano (Cal) d.Reedhina Parekh (WM), 6-2, 6-04. Rattiay Hiranrat (WM) #124 Marion Ravelojanoa (Cal) 6-3, 4-2 (DNF)5. #88 Cristina Visico (Cal) Priyanka Parekh (WM), 6-1, 5-4 (DNF)6. Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) Kirsten Paul (WM), 6-3, 5-2 (DNF)*Order of finish, 1, 3, 2