No. 7 Cossou Advances to All-American Championship Semifinal

Oct. 3, 2008

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - No. 7-ranked California women's tennis sophomore Marina Cossou advanced to the semifinal in the singles main draw of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships today and qualified for automatic entry to the ITA National Indoor Tennis Championships in Charlottesville, Va., Nov. 6-9. Cossou will take on the winner of the other quarterfinal between No. 9 Fani Chifchieva (Auburn) and No. 2 Ani Mijacika (Clemson) in a 10 a.m. match Saturday, Oct. 4.

Cossou started the day with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 87 Ragini Achraya of William & Mary in the round of 16 and then took out No. 11-ranked Georgia Rose of Northwestern in two sets, 7-6, 6-4. Cossou won the tiebreaker in the first set by holding Rose to just two points.

No. 22-ranked senior Claire Ilcinkas fell in the round of 16 to defending NCAA singles champion No. 3 Amanda McDowell in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

Earlier in the day, as the No. 22-ranked doubles team, Cossou and Ilcinkas teamed up to defeat No. 33-ranked Caitlin Whoriskey and Marial Sorbello of Tennessee in the doubles qualifying consolation final to give the duo four wins together on the weekend.

For complete results, draws and live scoring, please visit www.itatennis.com

All-American Main Draw SinglesRound of 16No. 7 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. No. 87 Ragini Achraya (W&M) 6-4, 6-4No. 3 Amanda McDowell (GAT) def. No. 22 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) 6-1, 6-3QuarterfinalNo. 7 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. No. 11 Georgia Rose (NWU) 7-6(2), 6-4

All-American Doubles Qualifier ConsolationFinalNo. 22 Marina Cossou/Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. No. 33 Caitlin Whoriskey/Marial Sorbello (TEN) 8-3

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