Ravelojaona Wins ASU Thunderbird Invitational

Nov. 5, 2006

TEMPE, ARIZ - The California women's tennis team ended it's 2006 fall season with another strong showing, this time in the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, as junior Marion Ravelojaona won the singles tournament on Sunday.

In the finals, No. 6 seed Ravelojaona beat No. 4 seed Sabrina Capannolo of Arizona State, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, to win the tournament. It was an impressive run for Ravelojaona, as she knocked off the two other seeded competitors over the course of the weekend.

The Golden Bears were dominant in doubles as well, winning two of their three matches. Junior Cristina Visico and sophomore Bojana Bobusic won in convincing fashion against Tania Mahtani and Tanvi Dudhela of Michigan, 8-1. Cal beat Michigan in its other doubles win, as junior Daron Moore and sophomore Claire Ilcinkas knocked off Allie Shafner and Elizabeth Exon, 8-3.

The one doubles match Cal lost, junior Stephanie Kusano and Ravelojaona gave Brooke Beier and Mallory Voelker of Purdue all they could handle, but lost to the Boilermaker pair, 9-8 (5).

In the consolation bracket, the Bears won all four of their matches on the final day. Among the four victories were two more over Michigan. Kusano defeated Mahtani, 6-1, 6-0, and Moore beat Shafner, 6-2, 6-4.

This concludes the fall campaign for the California women's tennis team. The Golden Bears return to the courts in January, when they host the Cal Winter Invitational at the Hellman Tennis Center from Jan. 12-14.

ASU Thunderbird Invitational Finals:

Marion Ravelojaona, California d. Sabrina Capannolo, Arizona State, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Cal Consolation Round:

Stephanie Kusano, California d. Tania Mahtani, Michigan, 6-1, 6-0

Claire Ilcinkas, California d. Brooke Beier, Purdue, 6-1, 6-4

Bojana Bobusic, California d. Olga Klimova, Kansas State, 6-3, 6-1

Daron Moore, California d. Allie Shafner, Michigan, 6-2, 6-4

Cal Doubles Results:

Visico/Bobusic, California d. Tanvi Dudhela/Mahtani, Michigan, 8-1

Ilcinkas/Moore, California d. Shafner/Elizabeth Exon, Michigan, 8-3

Mallory Voelker/Beier, Purdue d. Kusano/Ravelojaona, California 9-8 (5)

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