No. 8 Women's Tennis Edges No. 12 Stanford, 4-3, in Home Finale

April 18, 2009


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The No. 8-ranked California women's tennis team (17-4, 7-1 Pac-10) turned away rival No. 12 Stanford (17-4, 6-2 Pac-10) in a 4-3 victory today at the Hellman Tennis Complex to finish in second place in the Pacific-10 conference; sending the Cardinal to its worst league finish in school history. The Golden Bears honored seniors Bojana Bobusic, Claire Ilcinkas, and Marion Ravelojaona in pre-match ceremonies for Senior Day.

As the only singles match to go three sets, No. 27-ranked sophomore Marina Cossou found herself down a game in the third when No. 89 Lindsay Burdette forced a deuce before breaking Cossou's serve. Cossou fought for her own deuce in the second game and broke back as Burdette double-faulted to end game two. Cossou held serve in the third game before breaking Burdette again in the fourth; this time holding her Cardinal counterpart to just one point. Cossou held serve again and broke Burdette once more to claim a 5-1 advantage heading into game seven. Burdette fought off Cossou's serve to get her second game of the set but Cossou made short work of the eighth game as she went up 40-love. Burdette's last gasp went into the net to award Cossou with her 20th singles victory of the year, and the Bears with the 4-3 win over Stanford.

Cossou opened her court-two match with a 3-1 lead in the first set, but stumbled to allow her opponent to take a 6-4 win. Down again in the second, Cossou fought her way back to a five-all tie before forcing a decisive tiebreaker. Knotted at five in the breaker, Cossou claimed the final two points to earn a split of the first two sets, 4-6, 7-6(5). Cossou and Burdette opened up their third set just as Carolyn McVeigh finished a 7-6(3), 7-5 win over No. 26-ranked Bobusic at No. 5 singles to knot the team score at three-all.

Cal started the day strongly but the Cardinal stood its ground to wrestle the doubles point away from the Bears. No. 22-ranked Cossou and Ilcinkas won their match on court two, 8-5, over No. 46 McVeigh and Jessica Nguyen. Stanford won at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles with Logan Hansen and Veronica Li clinching the point with a 9-7 win against Bobusic and freshman Stephany Chang on the third court.

Into singles, the Cardinal extended its advantage to 2-0 as No. 9 Hilary Barte took out No.8-ranked freshman Jana Juricova in two sets (6-3, 6-1) at the top court. No. 36-ranked sophomore Mari Andersson answered back on behalf of the Bears with her own straight-set win at No. 3 singles as she defeated No. 82-ranked Nguyen, 6-2, 6-2. No. 49-ranked Ilcinkas came off the courts next to tie the score at two-all as she defeated Li, 6-2, 6-1. The Bears took their first lead of the day, 3-2, as Chang weathered the court-six storm to nab a 7-3 second set tiebreaker win. Chang won her first set, 6-2, but allowed Hansen to stick around to force the second-set breaker.

With the regular season behind them, the Bears will turn their attention to the Pac-10 Championships next weekend April 23-26, at the Ojai Valley Tennis Club in Ojai, Calif.

No. 8 California 4, No. 12 Stanford 3Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Saturday, April 18, 2009Doubles1. No. 10 Barte/Burdette (STAN) def. No. 5 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) 8-42. No. 22 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. No. 46 McVeigh/Nguyen (STAN) 8-53. Hansen/Li (STAN) def. Bobusic/Chang (CAL) 9-7Order of finish: 1, 3*, 2 (Stanford wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 9 Hilary Barte (STAN) def. No. 8 Jana Juricova (CAL) 6-3, 6-12. No. 27 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. No. 89 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-23. No. 36 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. No. 82 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) 6-2, 6-24. No. 49 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Veronica Li (STAN) 6-2, 6-15. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. No. 26 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) 7-6(3), 7-56. Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Logan Hansen (STAN) 6-2, 7-6(3)Order of finish: 1, 3, 4, 6, 5, 2*

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