No. 8 Bears Get 5-2 Win over No. 14 Sun Devils for 10th Victory

March 15, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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The No. 8-ranked California women's tennis team (10-2, 2-0 Pac-10) secured its 10th win of the season as the Golden Bears defeated No. 14 Arizona State (8-4, 3-0 Pac-10), 5-2, today at the Whiteman Tennis Center. No. 23-ranked senior Bojana Bobusic clinched the win as she claimed a three-set victory over Ashlee Brown at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-7, 6-0.

Cal claimed the doubles point with wins on the top two doubles courts. At No. 1 doubles, the Bears' 13th-ranked tandem of sophomore Mari Andersson and freshman Jana Juricova pulled out the upset of No. 10-ranked Micaela Hein and Kelcy McKenna, 8-6, to come off the courts first. Seniors Bojana Bobusic and Claire Ilcinkas made it official at No. 2 doubles when they took out the No. 50-ranked Abdala sisters, Laila and Nadia, 8-6.

With the first point in hand, No. 26 Juricova blasted through her opponent on the top singles court as she took a 6-0, 6-1 win against No. 3-ranked McKenna. The Sun Devils answered back right away however as Nadia Abdala took out No. 74-ranked Andersson, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2 singles. The Devils couldn't fend off the Bear attack though as Cal went up 3-1 with No. 42 Ilcinkas taking a 6-4, 6-2 win against Laila Abdala on court three for her 20th singles victory of the year (10-2 in duals).

After leading off with a 6-0 first-set win at No. 4 singles, No. 23-ranked Bobusic stumbled in the second as she allowed Brown to push her to a set tiebreaker. Bobusic then surrendered the breaker and the set as she fell, 7-4. Returning to the court for the third set with a vengeance, Bobusic reclaimed her form with another 6-0 set to take her 25th singles win of the year (11-1 in duals) and a win for the Bears.

With the match already decided, each team put one more point on the board. Arizona State got its second point as Ali Van Horne defeated freshman Stephany Chang, 6-2, 7-6(2), at No. 6 singles. Senior Marion Ravelojaona was the last off court as she endured three tiebreakers before getting the win over Sianna Simmons at No. 5 singles. Ravelojaona fell 7-4 in the first set tiebreaker before bouncing back to win the second set tiebreaker, 9-7. In a super-tiebreaker third set, she held of Simmons' attack to win, 10-8, to make the final score 5-2 for Cal.

The Bears have two matches at home next week as they entertain Denver on Thursday (March 19) at 1:30 p.m. before hosting Fresno State on Saturday (March 21) at noon. Please check CalBears.com for more information.

No. 8 California 5, No. 14 Arizona State 2Whiteman Tennis Center | Tempe, Ariz.Sunday, March 15, 2009Doubles1. No. 13 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. No. 10 Hein/McKenna (ASU) 8-62. Bobusic/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. No. 50 L. Abdala/N. Abdala (ASU) 8-63. Brown/Simmons (ASU) def. Chang/Ravelojaona (CAL) 9-7Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 26 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 3 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 6-0, 6-12. Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. No. 74 Mari Andersson (CAL) 6-3, 6-43. No. 42 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) 6-4, 6-24. No. 23 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU) 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-05. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Sianna Simmons (ASU) 6-7(4), 7-6(7), 1-0(8)6. Ali Van Horne (ASU) def. Stephany Chang (CAL) 6-2, 7-6(2)Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 4*, 6, 5