Four Golden Bears Advance to Quarterfinals at Northwest Championships

Oct. 18, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The California women's tennis team completed the second day at the 2008 Wilson/ITA Northwest Championships in impressive style by placing four Golden Bears into the singles quarterfinal round. Two doubles teams also advanced to the quarterfinal as the sun set on day two at Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Stanford, Calif.

With round of 16 doubles play kicking off the day, the Bears enjoyed early success as freshman Jana Juricova and senior Marion Ravelojaona teamed up to take out Florence De Vrye and Caroline Stevens of Nevada, 8-5. The third-seeded duo of No. 24-ranked senior Claire Ilcinkas and sophomore Marina Cossou got an 8-5 victory against Cal Poly's Diane Filip and Suzie Matzenauer. Senior Bojana Bobusic and sophomore Rachael Dillon weren't so fortunate, falling in an 8-5 defeat at the hands of Stanford's Hilary Barte and Veronica Li. Cossou and Ilcinkas will face Denise Dy and Venise Chan of Washington in the quarterfinal while Juricova and Ravelojaona take on Cal Poly's fourth-seeded duo of Brittany Blalock and Steffi Wong.

In singles play, the Bears went 8-1 overall as four players each won two matches. No. 7-ranked Cossou took the 6-1, 6-1, win over Maria Malec of Cal Poly in the round of 32 before taking out No. 91 Caroline Bailly of Nevada, 6-1, 6-1. No. 22 Ilcinkas followed suit with two 6-0, 6-3, wins; the first against San Francisco's Jessy Mekpoh and the second against St. Mary's Alexandra Poorta. No. 65 Bobusic took out Shannon Brady of Cal Poly, 6-1, 6-2 and then stunned the No. 16-ranked Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State, 6-4, 6-4.

Juricova got a 6-1, 6-0, win against Jolanta Twarowska of Pacific in the round of 32 and then laid claim to a 6-3, 6-2 victory against No. 48-ranked Lindsay Burdette of Stanford in the round of 16. Cal's only casualty of the day came at the hands of No. 12-ranked Melanie Gloria of Fresno State as she took a 6-0, 6-2, win to freshman Stephany Chang.

Second-seeded Cossou will take on 10th-seeded No. 62 Jennifer Heinser of San Francisco while 13th-seeded Juricova faces a third-seeded No. 12 Gloria. In the other quarterfinals, 11th-seeded Bobusic takes on the fifth seed, No. 21 Katrina Zheltova and sixth-seeded Ilcinkas will face the top-seeded No. 4 Hilary Barte of Stanford.

Play continues with doubles quarterfinals tomorrow (Oct. 19) and singles quarter and semifinals. Singles consolations play just one round, win or lose. For complete information and draws, please visit and point your browser to the women's tennis page.

Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional ChampionshipTaube Family Tennis Stadium | Stanford, Calif. - Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008

SinglesRound of 32No. 7 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. Maria Malec (CPS) 6-1, 6-1No. 22 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Jessy Mekpoh (USF) 6-0, 6-3No. 65 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Shannon Brady (CPS) 6-1, 6-2Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Jolanta Twarowska (PAC) 6-1, 6-0No. 12 Melanie Gloria (FSU) def. Stephany Chang (CAL) 6-0, 6-2Round of 16No. 7 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. No. 91 Carolina Bailly (NEV) 6-1, 6-1No. 22 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Alexandra Poorta (SMC) 6-0, 6-3No. 65 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. No. 16 Anastasia Petukhova (FSU) 6-4, 6-4Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 48 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 6-3, 6-2ConsolationAmber Silverstone (SJSU) def. Catalina Visico (CAL) 6-1, 6-3

DoublesRound of 16Barte/Li (STAN) def. Bobusic/Dillon (CAL) 8-5Juricova/Ravelojaona (CAL) def. De Vrye/Stevens (NEV) 8-5No. 24 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Filip/Matzenauer (CPS) 8-5

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