No. 7 Golden Bears Take the Sting Out of Hornets in 7-0 Sweep
March 6, 2009
For the second match in a row, the No. 7-ranked California women's tennis team (8-1, 2-0 Pac-10) claimed nine victories on its way to a 7-0 win; this time over No. 42 Sacramento State (7-4, 2-0 Big Sky) at the Hellman Tennis Complex. No. 42-ranked senior Claire Ilcinkas clinched the win for the Golden Bears, who will now take a three-match winning streak down to The Farm as they face rival No. 13 Stanford at noon tomorrow (March 7) at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
Cal made it three consecutive matches in which it has claimed the doubles point when sophomore Mari Andersson slammed a shot between Melissa Valenzuela and Milica Zivanovic on the top court to give herself and freshman Jana Juricova an 8-2 win. The No. 13-ranked duo of Andersson and Juricova is now 9-1 in doubles matches this season. On court two, the senior tandem of Bojana Bobusic and Ilcinkas took out Maria Meliuk and Aileen Tsan, 8-1, to open things up; while on court three, senior Marion Ravelojaona and freshman Stephany Chang closed things out with their 8-4 win against Clarisse Baca and Luba Schifris.
The Bears continued to roll in singles matches as No. 26-ranked Juricova came off the courts first with her second consecutive clean sweep of her top-court opponent. Juricova got a 6-0, 6-0 win over Ekaterina Kamendova of Washington State last weekend and repeated the feat this week as she blanked Tsan to put the Bears up 2-0. No. 23 Bobusic finished next at No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Baca to give Cal a 3-0 advantage.
Ilcinkas' win on court three came next as she put away Schifris, 6-2, 6-2 to secure the win for the Bears. With the match in hand, Chang added another 6-2, 6-2 finish when she defeated Zivanovic on court six. No. 74 Andersson gave the Bears their sixth point of the day when she downed Meliuk in two sets on court two, 6-4, 6-2. In the day's only three-setter, Ravelojaona fought back after dropping the middle set to get a 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 victory over Valenzuela on court five.
Tomorrow's (March 7) noontime match against the Cardinal will not count towards the Pac-10 standings as it is the first of two meetings between Cal and Stanford. Last season, the teams split matches with the home team winning each time. The Cardinal has not lost a home match in 141 tries; dating back to a loss against the Bears in 1999. Live scoring and video will be available via www.gostanford.com.
No. 7 California 7, No. 42 Sacramento State 0Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Friday, March 6, 2009Doubles1. No. 13 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. Valenzuela/Zivanovic (SAC) 8-22. Bobusic/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Meliuk/Tsan (SAC) 8-13. Chang/Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Baca/Schifris (SAC) 8-4Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 26 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Aileen Tsan (SAC) 6-0, 6-02. No. 74 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Maria Meliuk (SAC) 6-4, 6-23. No. 42 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Luba Schifris (SAC) 6-2, 6-24. No. 23 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Clarisse Baca (SAC) 6-2, 6-15. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Melissa Valenzuela (SAC) 6-0, 2-6, 6-06. Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Milica Zivanovic (SAC) 6-2, 6-2Order of finish: 1, 4, 3*, 6, 2, 5