Cougar Tennis Falls to No. 12 California

April 11, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. - Cougar freshman Liudmila Vasilieva upset the nation's 15th-ranked player at No. 2 singles but it was not enough as No. 12 California posted a 6-1 victory over Washington State Sunday afternoon at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

The win by Vasilieva was her second upset of the week as Thursday she defeated No. 61 Lindsay Burdette of Stanford, pushing her season record to 26-10, the most wins by a Cougar freshman since 1983, when Erin Majury had 28.

The day began with Cal sweeping the three doubles matches for the opening point. Jana Juricova and Mari Andersson won at No. 1 with an 8-3 win over Elisabeth Fournier and Vasilieva while Taylor Davis and Annie Goransson won at No. 3 by an identical score over Marina Nicolas and Lea Jansen. At No. 2 the Cougar pair of Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras held a match point but could not convert as Marina Cossou and Kasia Siwosz rallied for a 7-6 (10-8) win.

In singles play Juricova, the nation's third-ranked player, was first off after defeating Fournier 6-2, 6-0. Andersson followed with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Googe at No. 3 before Siwosz clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kankaras at No. 4.

After taking the first set 6-3, Vasilieva held a 5-3 lead in the second set at No. 2 over Cossou before the Cal junior fought back to win four straight games to take the second, 7-5. With the team match already clinched, the two played a super tiebreaker, with the Cougar freshman winning 10-6 for the lone Cougar victory.

The final two matches were also won by Cal as Goransson defeated Nicolas 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 and Davis defeating Jansen 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6.

The Cougars conclude their dual-match season Saturday (April 17) when it hosts Washington at noon at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY TENNIS
California 6 def. Washington State 1
Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
Pullman, Wash.
April 11, 2010

SINGLES
No. 1: No. 3 Jana Juricova (Cal) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2: No. 94 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) def. No. 15 Marina Cossou (Cal) 6-3, 5-7, (10-6)
No. 3: No. 44 Mari Andersson (Cal) def. Ksenia Googe (WSU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 4: Kasia Siwosz (Cal) def. Andjela Kankaras (WSU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 5: Annie Goransson (Cal) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 6: Taylor Davis (Cal) def. Lea Jansen (WSU) 6-0, 6-2
Order: 1,3,4,2,5,6

DOUBLES
No. 1: Juricova/Andersson (Cal) def. Fournier/Vasilieva (WSU) 8-3
No. 2: Cossou/Siwosz (Cal) def. Googe/Kankaras (WSU) 7-6 (10-8)
No. 3: Davis/Goransson (Cal) def. Nicolas/Jansen (WSU) 8-3Order: 3,1,2

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