No. 9 Cal Sweeps No. 15 UCLA
Feb. 16, 2007
BERKELEY - After dropping two out of three matches in the ITA Indoor Championships, the No. 9 California women's tennis team got back on track with a big win, as it swept No. 15 UCLA, 7-0, Friday afternoon at the Hellman Tennis Center. The victory improved Cal's record to 5-2 on the season.
Although it was a sweep, the wins definitely didn't come easy. The Bruins (5-3) battled with the Golden Bears in nearly every match. Still, it was Cal who came away with the win in every match.
'We have such a big rivalry with UCLA,' Cal head coach Jan Brogan said. 'The last two years it's been really close, so it felt good to dominate. Although it was close on every single court, I felt that we really played well as a team today.'
On the No. 1 court, No. 3 Susie Babos defeated last week's Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week, Riza Zalameda, 7-5, 7-5. In the first set, Babos jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but Zalameda came back to tie the set at five. Babos, the reigning NCAA singles champion, would take the next two games and the set. Zalameda and Babos went back and forth in the second set. Babos never trailed and won the final two games to take the set and the match.
The match-clinching victory came on court No. 2 where senior Zsuzsanna Fodor knocked off Tracy Lin in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Fodor, who had an eight-match winning streak snapped last weekend, dominated the third set en route to getting the win.
Besides Babos, No. 14 Nina Henkel and Cristina Visico also won in straight sets. Henkel was the first Bear to earn a singles victory, beating Yasmin Schnack, 6-2, 7-6. Visico was next to finish, defeating Elizabeth Lumpkin, 6-3, 6-3.
Juniors Stephanie Kusano and Marion Ravelojaona got all they could handle in their matches. Kusano lost the first set in her match against Ashley Joelson. She took control in the next set to even the match. In the third set, Kusano trailed 4-1 before rallying back to win the set and the match, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Ravelojaona won a close first set against Alex McGoodwin. After losing the second set, Ravelojaona came back to win the final set and the match, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.
The day started off well for Cal, as it won all three doubles matches. The second-ranked doubles team of Babos and Fodor got the best of Zalameda and Lin, 8-4. No. 12 Henkel and sophomore Daron Moore clinched the doubles point for the Bears with an 8-6 victory over McGoodwin and Joelson. In the third doubles match, the team of Ravelojaona and sophomore Bojana Bobusic earned a win over Schnack and Lumpkin, 8-6.
The Bears return to Hellman Tennis Center tomorrow at 12 p.m. when they square off against No. 5 USC.
Cal Singles Results:
Susie Babos, Cal d. Riza Zalameda, UCLA 7-5, 7-5
Zsuzsanna Fodor, Cal d. Tracy Lin, UCLA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Nina Henkel, Cal d. Yasmin Schnack, UCLA 6-2, 7-6
Stephanie Kusano, Cal d. Ashley Joelson, UCLA 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Marion Ravelojaona, Cal d. Alex McGoodwin, UCLA 7-6, 2-6, 6-4
Cristina Visico, Cal d. UCLA Elizabeth Lumpkin, UCLA 6-3, 6-3
Cal Doubles Results:
Babos/Fodor, Cal d. Zalameda/Lin, UCLA 8-4
Henkel/Daron Moore, Cal d. McGoodwin/Joelson, UCLA 8-6
Ravelokjaona/Bojana Bobusic, Cal d. Schnack/Lumpkin, UCLA 8-6 (9-3tiebreaker)