No. 8 Cal Women's Tennis Takes Out No. 21 Arizona State, 5-2

April 3, 2009

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The No. 8-ranked California women's tennis team (13-4, 4-1 Pac-10) defeated visiting No. 21 Arizona State (10-5, 3-1 Pac-10) today at the Hellman Tennis Complex to extend its winning streak over the Sun Devils to nine consecutive victories. No. 21-ranked senior Bojana Bobusic clinched the win for the Golden Bears for the second straight outing as she won her 11th consecutive singles match to run her dual record to 16-1 while earning her 30th singles victory of the year.

Cal needed to win at least four singles matches after dropping the doubles point to the Devils. At the top court, the No. 6-ranked duo of freshman Jana Juricova and sophomore Mari Andersson teamed for a quick 8-2 victory over No. 13 Micaela Hein and Kelcy McKenna. ASU made things interesting when the No. 71-ranked Abdala sisters (Laila and Nadia) upset No. 20-ranked sophomore Marina Cossou and senior Claire Ilcinkas, 8-4, at court two.

At No. 3 doubles, Bobusic joined freshman Stephany Chang to force a six-all tie as they came charging back from a 15-40 deficit. The sixth game was all the Sun Devils would surrender however, as Ashlee Brown and Sianna Simmons overcame the Cal attack to pull out an 8-6 win to clinch the first point of the match.

No. 47-ranked Ilcinkas got the Bears started on the right foot in singles play as she downed Brown in a 6-2, 6-1 win at court four. Moments later, No. 42 Andersson dropped No. 53 Nadia Abdala, 6-2, 6-0, to put the Bears on top, 2-1 in the match. No less than a minute later, No. 10 Juricova grabbed her second victory over the No. 3-ranked McKenna in two weeks as she claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win over her Sun Devil counterpart at the top court. Juricova's win made her the first Bear to reach the 30-win plateau in singles matches this year.

With a 3-1 lead in hand, Bobusic took center stage and got her 30th singles win of the year as well as she blasted a service ace past Laila Abdala on court three to finish off her opponent, 6-3, 6-2; giving Cal the win. With the match decided, senior Marion Ravelojaona fell at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 7-5, to Michelle Brycki to surrender the second point of the day. As the last match off the court, Chang fought off Simmons on court six after the pair split 6-3 sets with Chang winning first to notch her 25th singles win of the year. Chang found herself down 7-5 in the third-set super-tiebreaker but rallied to force Simmons' hand and came out on top with an 11-9 win.

The Bears host No. 59-ranked Arizona (10-6, 1-3 Pac-10) at noon tomorrow (April 4) at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Wildcats fell in a 7-0 loss to No. 10 Stanford (13-3, 4-1 Pac-10) earlier today.

No. 8 California 5, No. 21 Arizona State 2Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Friday, April 3, 2009Doubles1. No. 6 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. No. 13 Hein/McKenna (ASU) 8-22. No. 71 Abdala/Abdala (ASU) def. No. 20 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) 8-43. Brown/Simmons (ASU) def. Bobusic/Chang (CAL) 8-6Order of finish: 1, 2, 3* (Arizona State wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 10 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 3 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 6-1, 6-22. No. 42 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. No. 53 Nadia Abdala (ASU) 6-2, 6-03. No. 21 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) 6-3, 6-24. No. 47 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU) 6-2, 6-15. Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) 6-4, 7-56. Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Sianna Simmons (ASU) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(9)Order of finish: 4, 2, 1, 3*, 5, 6

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