Record Five Bears Selected to NCAA Singles Championship Field
April 29, 2009
The NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships today. The California women's tennis team had a school-record five individuals selected to the singles field including No. 11-ranked freshman Jana Juricova, No. 26 sophomore Marina Cossou, No. 32 senior Bojana Bobusic, No. 41 sophomore Mari Andersson and No. 54 senior Claire Ilcinkas. Juricova received a spot among the eight players seeded ninth through 16th.
The No. 7-ranked tandem of Andersson and Juricova also got the nod as one of 32 teams selected for the doubles championship and will enter the tournament as one of just eight seeded teams. Cal's No. 35-ranked team of Cossou and Ilcinkas also received a selection as an alternate team in the doubles championship.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 15-19). Texas A&M University, College Station will serve as the host institution for the championships.
All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches. Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships was awarded to conferences with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125, the subcommittee applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete was the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All selected singles players had a record of a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Automatic selection into the Division I doubles championships was awarded to conferences with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team was the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams had to have a record of a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
All five of Cal's singles selections have won at least 20 matches this year led by Bobusic's 35-9 record. Bobusic finished the dual season with a 19-2 mark and went 7-1 in Pac-10 duals. Juricova was second on the team with a 33-6 record and posted a 13-4 dual record (6-2 Pac-10). Ilcinkas ranked fourth with a 28-10 record as she went 17-4 in duals (6-2 Pac-10). Cossou appeared in only nine dual matches due to injury but still managed to complete the season with a 23-9 record as she won both of her conference duals. Andersson reached the 20-win mark at the Pac-10 championships and posted a 16-3 record in duals with a perfect 8-0 run in Pac-10 duals.
Andersson and Juricova went 11-1 in duals at the top doubles court and completed the dual season with a 14-2 mark, 17-2 overall. Cossou and Ilcinkas lead the team with an 18-10 doubles record after going 8-6 in duals.
Previously, Cal had sent as many as four singles players to the NCAA championships on three separate occasions. Most recently, the Bears were represented by four players in the 2008 tournament as Cossou and Ilcinkas were joined by Susie Babos and Cristina Visico. The Bears also had four players in the singles championship in 1992 and 1993.
The No. 9-ranked Bears (17-4, 7-1 Pac-10) will host first and second round matches in the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis team championship at Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal will take on Northeast Conference champion Long Island in the first round on Friday, May 8, at 1 p.m. PT.