No. 8 USC Women Fall 6-1 At No. 6 Cal

April 5, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 8 USC women's tennis team winds up with a season split with California after falling 6-1 to the No. 6 Bears on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley. USC captured a win by the same score over Cal earlier this year, but the Bears were stronger in singles on their home court this time. The Women of Troy grabbed the doubles point before Cal pulled off singles wins to get the victory. USC moves to 15-6 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play with the loss.

The doubles point went to the Women of Troy thanks to a sweep of the doubles action. Freshman pair Andrews/Sanchez kicked things off with an 8-1 win over Moore/Visico at No. 3, and then Kinstler/Nelson polished off Cossou/Ilcinkas 8-4 at No. 2 to clinch the point. At No. 1, USC's #6 Fink/Niculescu beat Cal's #20 Babos/Kusano 8-4 to bring up singles play.

At No. 6, #102 Bojana Bobusic was able to do what no other dual match player had been able to do this season in handing USC freshman #108 Leyla Entekhabi her first dual match loss of the year in a 7-5, 6-0 decision, snapping the Trojan's 17-match singles win streak. Cal managed two more straight-set wins over the Trojans to get within a point of clinching, as #91 Claire Ilcinkas beat #118 Sarah Fansler 6-4, 7-5 at No. 4 and then #34 Cristina Visico topped #71 Gabriela Niculescu 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 to make it 3-1 Cal. At No. 2, Cal's #12 Marina Cossou pulled out a three-setter against #10 Amanda Fink with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 win to clinch the match for the Bears next while two more three-setters raged on. At No. 1, #16 Susie Babos topped #50 Lindsey Nelson 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and then Stephanie Kusano got a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win over Maria Sanchez at No. 5 to round out the day.

USC's next Pac-10 competition comes at home next week, as the Trojans host ASU at 1:30 p.m. on April 11 and then face Arizona at 12 p.m on April 12 at Marks Stadium.

#6 California 6, #8 USC 1
DOUBLES
(1) #6 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. #20 Babos/Kusano (CAL) -- 8-4
(2) Kintsler/Nelson (USC) def. Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) -- 8-4
(3) Andrews/Sanchez (USC) def. Moore/Visico (CAL) -- 8-1
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1
SINGLES
(1) #16 Susie Babos (CAL) def. #50 Lindsey Nelson (USC) -- 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
(2) #12 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. #10 Amanda Fink (USC) -- 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
(3) #34 Cristina Visico (CAL) def. #71 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) -- 6-3, 6-3
(4) #91 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. #118 Sarah Fansler (USC) -- 6-4, 7-5
(5) Stephanie Kusano (CAL) def. #115 Maria Sanchez (USC) -- 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
(6) #102 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. #108 Leyla Entekhabi (USC) -- 7-5, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 4, 3, 2*, 1, 5

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