Cougars Fall to California, 7-0

Feb. 28, 2009

Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 58 Washington State women's tennis team suffered a tough loss at the Hellman Tennis Complex Saturday. The No. 3 California Golden Bears jumped out to the early lead after earning the doubles point en route to a, 7-0, victory.

The Cougars came out fighting hard during doubles, but the Golden Bears proved to be too much, earning victories at each doubles position. At the No. 1 position, Ekaterina Kamendova and Elisabeth Fournier battled against Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova before falling, 8-4. At the No. 3 slot, Marina Nicolas and Bianca Selaru fell to California's tandem of Stephany Chang and Marion Ravelojaona, 8-3.

In singles play, the Cougars went up against ranked opponents at four of the six singles slots. Kamendova faced off with No.16 Juricova, but fell, 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 1 position. Senior Aleksandra Cekic met No. 32 Claire Ilcinkas at the No. 2 slot, but Ilcinkas went on to win the match, 6-2, 6-2. Elisabeth Fournier went head-to-head with No. 110 Andersson at the No. 3 slot, but Andersson proved to be too much and downed the WSU freshman, 6-3, 6-4.

Senior Bianca Selaru forced a three-set match against Marion Ravelojaona. After falling in the first-set, Selaru battle back to win the second. Ravelojoana then went on to win the third-set claiming victory over Selaru, 6-0, 6-7(8), 10-3.

The Cougars will return to action March 6, at Tucson, Ariz., where Washington State will take on the Arizona Wildcats at 1:30 p.m.

No. 3 California 7 def. No. 58 Washington State 0
February 28, 2009
Berkeley, Calif.

Doubles1. Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. Fournier/Kamendova (WSU) 8-42. Bobusic/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Cekic/Oprea (WSU) 8-13. Chang/Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Nicolas/Selaru (WSU) 8-3Order of finish: 2, 3*, 1

Singles1. No. 16 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-0, 6-02. No. 32 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 6-2, 6-23. No. 110 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 6-3, 6-44. No. 27 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-2, 6-25. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU) 6-0, 6-7(8), 1-0(3)6. Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU) 6-1, 6-2Order of finish: 1, 2, 6*, 4, 3, 5
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