No. 3 California Sacks Sac State for Berth at ITA Indoors

Jan. 30, 2010

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The No. 3-ranked California women's tennis team (3-0) put together a 6-1 win over No. 59-ranked Sacramento State (1-1) in the final match of the 2010 ITA Kick-Off Weekend event at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The victory puts the Golden Bears among the field of 16 competitors in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis., Feb. 12-15.

The Bears opened the day by capturing the doubles point for the third time in three matches. Junior Marina Cossou and senior Kasia Siwosz defeated Tatsiana Kapshai and Maria Meliuk, 8-4, on the second doubles court to give Cal the initial edge. The Bears' freshman tandem of Tayler Davis and Annie Goransson finished things off with an 8-2 win over Gayane Sarkisian and Aileen Tsan at court three. With the doubles point decided, the match at the top court was suspended.

No. 83-ranked junior Mari Andersson earned a second point for the Bears as she took out Kapshai at court three, 6-2, 6-2. Moments later, Goransson helped Cal pull out to a 3-0 lead as she took a 6-0, 6-1 win over Clarisse Baca at court five. No. 10-ranked Cossou clinched the win for the Bears as she finished off Maria Meliuk at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-4.

Siwosz added a fifth point for Cal as she defeated Tsan at court four in a third-set super-tiebreaker, 10-5. Siwosz dropped her first set, 5-7, but came back to win the second set, 6-0. At the top court, No. 2-ranked sophomore Jana Juricova surrendered her first set since Oct. 26, 2009, as No. 26-ranked Katrina Zheltova recorded a 6-4 win. However, Juricova replied to take a 6-2 win in the second before finishing off her opponent, 6-3, in the third for her team-high 19th singles victory. At court six, Milica Zivanovic claimed a 6-2 win over sophomore Stephany Chang in the first set before Chang battled back to earn a split with a 7-5 win in the second. The two fought out a super-tiebreaker for the third set with Zivanovic coming up with the 11-9 win.

The Bears will host Saint Mary's College (0-0) for a noon match on Tuesday, Feb. 2, before taking on Arizona State (2-1) in a non-league match at noon on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Hellman Tennis Complex.

No. 3 California 6, No. 59 Sacramento State 1Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.2010 ITA Kick-Off WeekendSaturday, Jan. 30, 2010Doubles1. Andersson/Juricova (CAL) vs. Baca/Zheltova (SAC) DNF2. Cossou/Siwosz (CAL) def. Kapshai/Meliuk (SAC) 8-43. Davis/Goransson (CAL) def. Sarkisian/Tsan (SAC) 8-2Order of finish: 2, 3* (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 2 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 26 Katrina Zheltova (SAC) 4-6, 6-2, 6-32. No. 10 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. Maria Meliuk (SAC) 6-2, 6-43. No. 83 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Tatsiana Kapshai (SAC) 6-2, 6-24. Kasia Siwosz (CAL) def. Aileen Tsan (SAC) 5-7, 6-0, 1-0(5)5. Annie Goransson (CAL) def. Clarisse Baca (SAC) 6-0, 6-16. Milica Zivanovic (SAC) def. Stephany Chang (CAL) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0(9)Order of finish: 3, 5, 2*, 4, 1, 6

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