11th-Ranked Bears Fall in Heartbreaking Loss to No. 23 Fresno State, 4-3

May 13, 2006

BERKELEY - In a match that was decided by the last game being played on court six, the 11th-ranked California women's tennis team fell in a close decision to 23rd-ranked Fresno State, 4-3, and end's its season at 17-8. Fresno State improves to 20-6 and will play Miami in the Round of 16.

Although Cal dropped the doubles point to Fresno State, it was an exciting match between the Bears and the Bulldogs. The eighth-ranked doubles duo of Zsuzsanna Fodor and Suzi Babos won one match for Cal, upsetting seventh-ranked Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter, 8-5, playing in the No. 1 doubles position. The Bulldogs then came back as Tinesta Rowe and Magdalena Tokarska defeated Bojana Bobusic and Stephanie Kusano, 8-6, playing on court two. The doubles point was then tied 1-1, but Melanie Gloria and Jacqueline Haskett outlasted Cal's Marion Ravelojaona and Claire Ilcinkas, 8-2, in the No. 3 position.

In singles play Stephanie Kusano, who currently holds a No. 85 ranking, clinched the first singles point for the Bears, defeating Lucia Sainz, 6-2, 6-0, on court three. Marion Ravelojaona, a freshman currently ranked 124th, secured the next point for Cal, downing Magdalena Tokarska, 6-2, 6-1, in the No. 4 position. Fresno State came back to clinch the next point and tie the game, after 23rd-ranked Melanie Gloria upset third-ranked Fodor, 6-1, 6-2, on court one. The Bulldogs then took a 3-2 lead, as No. 122 Katharina Winterhalter upset 27th-ranked Babos, 6-4, 6-4, in the No.2 position. Cal fought back to tie the game 3-3, as 88th-ranked Cristina Visico defeated Jacqueline Haskett in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The match came down to the game on court six between Cal senior Jessica Shu and Fresno's Tinesta Rowe. Claire Ilcinkas was originally in the lineup to play No. 6 singles, but after playing doubles felt ill, as Shu had to step in her position. Rowe won the first set, 7-6, and then Shu came back to win the second set, 6-3, but Rowe outlasted Shu in the end, winning the third set 6-2.

Fodor and Babos will compete at the NCAA Division 1 Women's Tennis Individual Championships May 23-28 at Stanford. Fodor is the automatic qualifier from the Pac-10 and earned a No. 5 seed in singles, as Babos earned an at-large singles selection. The duo will also compete in the doubles competition, as they earned an at-large selection and fifth seed overall.

Complete results, NCAA Women's Tennis, Round Two#23 Fresno State 4, #11 Cal 3Hellman Tennis Center, Berkeley, CAMay 13, 2006

Doubles- Fresno State clinched the doubles point1. #8 Fodor/Babos (Cal) d. #7 Sainz/Winterhalter (FS), 8-42. Rowe/Tokarska (FS) d. Bobusic/Kusano (Cal), 8-63. Gloria/Haskett (FS) d. Ilcinkas/Ravelojaona (Cal), 8-2Doubles order of finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles1. #23 Melanie Gloria (FS) d. #3 Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal), 6-1, 6-22. #122 Katharina Winterhalter (FS)d. #27 Suzi Babos (Cal), 6-4, 6-43. #85 Stephanie Kusano (Cal) d. Lucia Sainz (FS), 6-2, 6-04. #124 Marion Ravelojanoa (Cal) d. Magdalena Tokarska (FS), 6-2, 6-15. #88 Cristina Visico (Cal) Jacqueline Haskett (FS), 2-6, 6-1, 6-26. Tinesta Rowe (FS) d. Jessica Shu (Cal), 7-6, 3-6, 6-2Order of finish: 3, 4, 1, 2, 5, 6

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