Three Bears Chosen for ITA National Indoor Championships
Oct. 30, 2009
BERKELEY - The California women's tennis team will send three players to the 2009 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships, Nov. 5-8, hosted by Yale University in New Haven, Conn. No. 4-ranked sophomore Jana Juricova will be joined by juniors No. 18 Marina Cossou and No. 26 Mari Andersson in the prestigious field of 32 singles players. As the No. 2-ranked team in the country, defending NCAA champions Andersson and Juricova (8-4) also received an at-large berth into the doubles championship.
Play begins at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. ET with doubles round of 16 matches. Singles round of 32 matches follow the men's doubles first-round matches. Doubles and singles championship matches take place on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET respectively. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Admission is $5 to the general public (age 18 and under free). Live stats will be provided by Yale Sports Information via links at www.itatennis.com.
Juricova (11-3) earned a spot in the singles championship when she advanced to the semifinal at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. Andersson (6-4) and Cossou (9-3) were each at-large selections; giving the Golden Bears the most players in the singles field. Three schools have two players in the singles championship: Florida State, Washington and Yale. This marks the third time in four years that Cal has had at least three singles players earn bids to the indoor championships. Last year, a fifth-seeded Cossou was joined by Claire Ilcinkas and Bojana Bobusic. Cossou and Ilcinkas each advanced to the quarterfinal before being eliminated.
The last time the Bears sent three singles players and a doubles team to the indoor championships was 2006. Top-seeded junior Susie Babos was joined by Zsuzsanna Fodor and Nina Henkel while Babos and Fodor held the No. 2 seed in the doubles championship.
Cal claimed the National Indoor Championship doubles title in 2000 when Claire Curran and Amy Jensen defeated Arizona's fourth-seeded duo of Lindsay Blau and Michelle Gough, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. As a freshman, Susie Babos advanced to the singles title match in 2004 before she fell, 6-2, 6-2, to Megan Bradley of Miami.
Draws and seedings are still to be determined. Please visit www.itatennis.com for complete information and links to live statistics.