Juricova Claims ASU Thunderbird Invitational Singles Title

Nov. 9, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. - California women's tennis freshman Jana Juricova became the fourth consecutive Golden Bear to win the ASU Thunderbird Invitational with her 6-2, 6-1, victory over Sona Novakova of Armstrong Atlantic today at the Whiteman Tennis Complex in Tempe, Ariz. Hosted by Arizona State University, the four-day tournament also produced a consolation finals champion as Cal freshman Stephany Chang defeated Samantha Mouly of San Diego, 6-4, 7-5. With the conclusion of the Thunderbird, the Bears complete fall competition and look to Jan. 16-18 when they host the Cal Winter Invitational at Hellman Tennis Complex as a precursor to the dual season.

Victorious in her 17th match of the individual tournament season, Juricova didn't drop a single set on her way to the second singles crown of her young career (St. Mary's Invitational). She follows sophomore Marina Cossou (2007), senior Marion Ravelojaona (2006), and Jessica Shu (2005) in a long line of Bears to have swept through the desert tourney. Juricova finishes the fall with a 17-2 overall singles record.

Chang's victory in the consolation singles final moves her overall record to 9-4 on the fall season. Sophomore Rachael Dillon lost her match in the singles quarterfinal losers bracket to Ali Walters of UCLA, 7-6(4), 6-1, to fall to 10-5 in fall tournaments. Ravelojaona did not play her match against Juliette Coupez of San Diego and will finish the fall with an 8-2 overall singles record. In doubles play, Chang and Dillon got their second victory of the weekend together by defeating Monson and Putilina of Utah, 8-4; Juricova and Ravelojaona continued to have trouble as a combo, absorbing their third loss of the weekend, 9-8(5), to Howard and Muresan of Michigan.

For complete results, draws and information, please visit www.thesundevils.com and point your browser to the women's tennis home page.

2008 ASU Thunderbird InvitationalHosted by the Arizona State University | November 7-9, 2008Whiteman Tennis Complex | Tempe, Ariz.

Singles Final(3) Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Sona Novakova (ARM) 6-2, 6-1Singles Consolation FinalStephany Chang (CAL) def. Samantha Mouly (USD) 6-4, 7-5Singles Quarterfinals LosersAli Walters (UCLA) def. Rachael Dillon (CAL) 7-6(4), 6-1

Doubles Round RobinChang/Dillon (CAL) def. Monson/Putilina (UTAH) 8-4Howard/Muresan (MICH) def. Juricova/Ravelojaona (CAL) 9-8(5)

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