Bears Compete in ASU Thunderbird Invitational

Nov. 3, 2006

TEMPE, ARIZ. - First-day action in the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational on Friday, in Tempe, Ariz., saw two of the six members of the California women's tennis team advancing in the main draw to the third round. One of the two was the No. 1 seed, junior Stephanie Kusano.

Kusano didn't have much trouble in her two opening-day matches. In the first round, she beat Paij Porter of Northern Arizona, 6-4, 6-0. She won her second round match in an even more convincing fashion, knocking off Laila Abdala of host Arizona State, 6-0, 6-1.

The other Golden Bear to advance past the first two rounds was No. 6 seed, junior Marion Ravelojaona. She beat Tamar Kvaratskhelia of Kansas State, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round. The first set of her second round match against Michigan's Chisako Sugiyama went down to the wire, but Ravelojaona hung on to take the set and the match, 7-5, 6-1.

Kusano and Ravelojaona teamed up in doubles action, but weren't as successful, losing their match to Sugiyama and Jenny Kuehn, 8-3. Cal won its other two doubles matches on the day. Junior Daron Moore and sophomore Claire Ilcinkas defeated Michigan's Elizabeth Exon and Tanvi Dudhela, 8-5, and junior Cristina Visico and sophomore Bojana Bobusic shut out Tamar Kavaratskhelia and Tereza Prochazkova of Kansas State, 8-0.

Despite first-round losses, Moore, Ilcinkas and Bobusic each won their second match of the day, in the consolation bracket. Moore and Ilcinkas will square off against each other in the second round of the consolation bracket tomorrow.

The Thunderbird invitational continues tomorrow and through Sunday.

Cal first round singles results:

Stephanie Kusano, California d. Paij Porter, Northern Arizona, 6-4, 6-0

Marion Ravelojaona, California d. Tamar Kavaratskhelia, Kansas State, 6-2, 6-2

Brooke Beier, Purdue d. Cristina Visico, California, 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-3

Mallory Voelker, Purdue d. Daron Moore, California, 6-1, 6-2

Viviana Yrureta, Kansas State d. Claire Ilcinkas, California, 6-3, 6-2

Sylvia Kosakowski, Pepperdine d. Bojana Bobusic, California, 6-2, 6-2

Cal second round singles results:

Kusano, California d. Laila Abdala, Arizona State, 6-0, 6-1

Ravelojaona, California d. Chisako Sugiyama, Michigan, 7-5, 6-1

Cal consolation first round results:

Tereza Prochazkova, Kansas State d. Visico, California, withdrawl

Moore, California d. Tanvi Dudhela, Michigan, 6-3, 6-2

Ilcinkas, California d. Elizabeth Exon, Michigan, 6-1, 6-2

Bobusic, California d. Katerina Kudlackova, Kansas State, 6-0, 6-3

Cal doubles results:

Kuehn/Sugiyama, Michigan d. Kusano/Ravelojaona, California, 8-3

Ilcinkas/Moore, California d. Exon/Dudhela, Michigan, 8-5

Visico/Bobusic, California d. Kavaratskhelia/Prochazkova, Kansas State, 8-0

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