No. 11 California Sweeps Sacramento State in Season Opener

Jan. 20, 2007

BERKELEY - The No. 11 California women's tennis team swept Sacramento State in the spring season opener, Saturday afternoon at the Hellman Tennis Center. The Golden Bears (1-0) only lost one doubles match and dominated singles.

The closest battle of the day was between No. 3 Susie Babos and freshman Katsjaryna Zheltova. The match went back and forth before Babos earned the 6-2, 4-6 (10-7) victory. In the first set, Babos and Zheltova traded wins until Babos pulled away at the end. The second set followed the same pattern, except it was Zheltova who earned the win, sending the match into a tiebreaker. Babos held an 8-5 lead in the tiebreaker and hung on for the 10-7 victory.

The rest of the Cal players were dominant in their singles matches. Senior Zsuzsanna Fodor was the first Bear to claim a singles win, defeating freshman Katrina Bandere, 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Bojana Bobusic trailed early in the first set of her match against senior Cecilia Helland, but rebounded to win the set and the match, 6-3, 6-1. No. 14 Freshman Nina Henkel got her spring season off on the right foot with a victory over fellow freshman Aileen Tsan, 6-2, 6-1. Junior Stephanie Kusano beat Luba Schifris, 6-2, 6-1, and junior Cristina Visico defeated Joyce Martinez, 6-2, 6-0.

The Bears lost one doubles match, but the second-ranked tandem of Babos and Fodor won its match, defeating Bandere and Zheltova, 8-4. Babos and Fodor came out strong early, winning the first two games without giving up a point. Trailing 5-0, Bandere and Zheltova started to come back, winning the next three out of four games to cut the Bears' lead to 6-3. Babos and Fodor would retake control of the match and get the win.

The other doubles victory came from Henkel and sophomore Daron Moore. The 12th-ranked duo defeated Schifris and Martinez, 8-3.

Cal heads to Southern California next weekend and will square off against the University of San Diego and San Diego State. The first match against USD takes place next Saturday at 11 a.m.

Singles Results
Susie Babos d. Keitrina Zheltova 6-2, 4-6 (10-7)
Zsuzsanna Fodor d. Katrina Bandere 6-1, 6-0
Nina Henkel d. Aileen Tsan 6-2, 6-1
Stephanie Kusano d. Luba Schifris 6-2, 6-1
Cristina Visico d. Joyce Martinez 6-2, 6-0
Bojana Bobusic d. Cecila Helland 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Results
Babos/Fodor d. Zheltova/Bandere 8-4
Henkel/Daron Moore d. Schifris/Martinez 8-3
Anstassia Lyssenko/Tsan d. Bobusic/Claire Ilcinkas 8-2

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