Bears Upset Bulldogs and Move On To Semifinals in NCAA Championships
May 20, 2007
ATHENS, Ga. - The quest for a team national championship continues for the California women's tennis team. The No. 10 seed Golden Bears upset No. 2 seed Georgia, 4-1, Sunday on the Bulldogs home court, the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA championships. This is the first time since 2003 Cal (23-6) has reached the semifinals. The loss was only the second for Georgia, as its season ends with a final record of 24-2.
'I am speechless,' Cal head coach Jan Brogan said. 'Heart and spirit is what won this one for us tonight. I know this is a big disappointment for Jeff Wallace (Georgia head coach) and his team because I know it's hard to be the top dog when people are gunning for you. Our girls played well, they competed well all night long. This has to rank up there as one of the best matches (in my coaching career).'
The fifth-ranked doubles team of Susie Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor rebounded after a tough loss against Clemson in the previous round and earned the first doubles win for the Bears. They knocked off the seventh-ranked duo of Yvette Hyndman and Darya Ivanov, 8-4. Cal clinched the doubles point on the third court where Claire Ilcinkas and Marion Ravelojaona defeated Natalie Frazier and Naoko Ueshima, 8-5.
In singles, 12th-ranked Fodor has been on fire in the NCAA Tournament and didn't cool off one bit against the Bulldogs. After Georgia won the first singles match on the top court, Fodor regained the lead for the Bears with a straight-set victory on the No. 2 court. She beat Monika Dancevic, 6-1, 6-3.
On the third court, No. 22 Nina Henkel rebounded after dropping the first set in her match against Hyndman. Henkel came back to win the next two sets and won the match by the score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Cristina Visico sent the Bears into the semifinals with her victory on the fifth court. She defeated Ivanov, 7-5, 6-4. After coming back to win a close first set, Visico carried that momentum in the second set and won convincingly.
This is Cal's sixth appearance all time in the semifinals and the first since 2003. The Bears have yet to advance to the national title match.
In the semifinals, Cal will take on No. 3 seed Georgia Tech Monday, May 21, at 3 p.m. (PT). Georgia Tech defeated Notre Dame, 4-2, in its quarterfinal match. Cal is one of three teams from the Pac-10 to advance to the semifinals. In the other semifinal match, top-ranked Stanford faces No. 12 seed UCLA.
(7) Natalie Frazier (GA) def. (4) Susie Babos (Cal) 6-2, 6-2
(12) Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) def. (32) Monika Dancevic (GA) 6-1, 6-3
(22) Nina Henkel (Cal) def. (68) Yvette Hyndman (GA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
(89) Stephanie Kusano (Cal) vs. Kelley Hyndman (GA) DNF
(97) Cristina Visico (Cal) def (72) Darya Ivanov (GA) 7-5, 6-4
Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) vs. Naoko Ueshima (GA) DNF
(5) Babos/Fodor (Cal) def. (7) Y. Hyndman/Ivanov (GA) 8-4
Henkel/Kusano (Cal) vs. Dancevic/K. Hyndman (GA) DNF
Ilcinkas/Marion Ravelojaona (Cal) def Frazier/Ueshima (GA) 8-5
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 1, 3
Singles: 1, 2, 3, 5