No. 7 Cal Gets Back On Track with Win over No. 18 Pepperdine

March 4, 2007

BERKELEY - After a tough loss yesterday to No. 1 Stanford, the seventh-ranked California women's tennis team got back in the win column with a victory over No. 18 Pepperdine, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Hellman Tennis Center. The Golden Bears (9-3) swept the doubles matches and won five of the six singles matches en route to the victory.

Freshman Nina Henkel earned her second singles win of the weekend when she defeated Katie Sebate, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. Henkel, who was the only Cal player to win against Stanford yesterday, clinched the match victory for the Bears on the No. 3 court. After dominating the first set, Henkel struggled in the second, but rebounded in third set to take the match.

Defending NCAA singles champion Susie Babos dominated in her match against Bianca Dulgheru with a 6-1, 6-2 victory on the No. 1 court. Babos, currently ranked third in the ITA singles rankings, was also the first Cal player to finish in singles.

Making her singles debut in the spring season, sophomore Claire Ilcinkas turned in a strong showing. She knocked off Tania Rice, 6-1, 6-3, for the Bears second singles win of the match.

No. 9 Zsuzsanna Fodor and junior Marion Ravelojaona were both tested in their matches. After Fodor took a 7-5 first-set win in her match against Sylvia Kosakowski, Fodor dropped the second set, 6-4. In the third set, Fodor lost the first two games and trailed 5-4 at one point before coming back to win the next three games and the match. Ravelojaona followed a similar pattern as Fodor, winning the first set and losing the second set. In the third-set tiebreaker, Ravelojaona jumped out to a 5-2 lead and hung on for the 10-6 win.

The Bears won all three doubles matches to start the afternoon. The fourth-ranked tandem of Babos and Fodor jumped out to a 4-1 lead on Eva Dickes and Kosakowski. The Waves took the next two games to cut the deficit to one. Babos and Fodor would not squander the lead, winning the next four games and the match, 8-3.

Ilcinkas and sophomore Daron Moore clinched the doubles point on the third court with an 8-5 victory.

Cal opens Pac-10 play Friday, March 9, when it hosts Oregon at the Hellman Tennis Center. The match against the Ducks is the second of the Bears' five-match home stand.

Singles Results:
(3) Susie Babos (Cal) def Bianca Dulgheru (Pep) 6-1, 6-2
(9) Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) def. Sylvia Kosakowski (Pep) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
Nina Henkel (Cal) def Katie Sebate (Pep) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Caroline Raba (Pep) def Stephanie Kusano (Cal) 4-6, 0-6
Marion Ravelojaona (Cal) def Eva Dickes (Pep) 7-6, 4-6, 1-0
Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def Tania Rice (Pep) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles Results:
(4) Babos/Fodor (Cal) def (16) Dickes/Kosakowski (Pep) 8-3
Henkel/Kusano (Cal) def Sebate/Dulgheru (Pep) 8-6
Ilcinkas/Daron Moore (Cal) def Anete Bandere/Jillian Braverman (Pep) 8-5

Order of Finish:
Doubles 1, 3, 2
Singles 1, 4, 6, 3, 5, 2

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