No. 3 Women's Tennis Claims 7-0 Sweep Over Washington State

Feb. 28, 2009

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The No. 3-ranked California women's tennis team (7-1, 2-0 Pac-10) walked away with nine victories for a 7-0 sweep of No. 58 Washington State (3-9, 0-2 Pac-10) today at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears maintained conference perfection as freshman Stephany Chang took a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jessica Gomez on the sixth singles court to clinch the victory for Cal.

The Bears established themselves with a strong showing in doubles play as Chang and senior Marion Ravelojaona sealed the doubles point with a win on court three over Marina Nicolas and Bianca Selaru. Senior tandem Bojana Bobusic and Claire Ilcinkas won the first match of the day with an 8-1 drubbing of Aleksandra Cekic and Ioana Oprea on court two. On the top court, sophomore Mari Andersson and freshman Jana Juricova added one more win as they defeated Elisabeth Fournier and Ekaterina Kamendova, 8-4.

Already ahead, No. 16-ranked Juricova made efficient work of Kamendova on the top singles court as she posted a 6-0, 6-0 win to put the Bears up, 2-0, in the match. Juricova's 23 singles wins this year are a team-high mark. No. 32 Ilcinkas came off next when she outlasted Cekic on the second court, 6-2, 6-2. Both Juricova and Ilcinkas returned to form after suffering losses yesterday on the top two courts to Washington.

Chang's win against Gomez came next on singles court No. 6 to clinch the match for the Bears. Shortly thereafter, No. 27 Bobusic added Cal's fifth point of the day when she dispatched Nicolas on court four with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. No. 110 Andersson struggled with Fournier in the second set, and fell behind 4-3 before storming back for a 6-4 win to walk away, 6-3, 6-4 for Cal's sixth point. Ravelojaona was the last off court as she defeated Selaru in a third-set super-tiebreaker, 10-3. Ravelojaona took the first set 6-0, but fell in a second set tiebreaker, 10-8, before pulling out the win.

The Bears remain in the Bay Area next weekend as they host Sacramento State on Friday (March 6) at 1:30 p.m. before heading down to The Farm to face rival Stanford on Saturday (March 7) in a noon match at Taube Family Tennis Center. Live video for the home match will be available through CalBears.com and live stats and video will be available when the team heads to Stanford through GoStanford.com.

No. 3 California 7, No. 58 Washington State 0Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Saturday, February 28, 2009Doubles1. 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 (California wins doubles point)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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