No. 18 Cal Defeats No. 9 Miami, 4-3, in Consolation Semifinals

Feb. 4, 2006

MADISON, Wis. - The 18th-ranked California women's tennis team defeated ninth-ranked Miami, 4-3, Saturday evening in the consolation semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the University of Wisconsin's A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

With the win, the Bears improve to 4-1 for the season after going 2-1 in the tournament, while the Hurricanes drop to 2-2 after going 1-2 for the weekend.

Cal started out the match sweeping the doubles point, jumping out to a 1-0 lead. Playing in the No. 1 singles spot, Cal's Suzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano defeated Audra Cohen and Audrey Banada, 8-1. Bojana Bobusic and Marion Ravelojaona defeated Ana Rupic and Monika Dancevic, 8-5, in the No. 3 doubles spot. The Bears clinched the doubles point when Suzi Fodor and Claire Ilcinkas teamed up to outlast Melissa Applebaum and Patricia Starzyk, 8-5, in the No. 2 doubles position.

Cal tallied three singles victories for the afternoon, including Ravelojaona's win over Starzyk, in the No. 3 singles spot, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Kusano outlasted Banada, 6-1, 6-4, playing No.4 singles. Senior Jessica Shu recorded her second victory on the weekend when she defeated Caren Seenauth, 6-0, 6-2, playing No. 6 singles.

The Bears are 21-18 in 12 appearances at the USTA-ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Cal returns home next weekend to host San Diego State, Friday, Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. and UNLV, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9:30 a.m. Matches will be played at Hellman Tennis Center.



DOUBLES:1. (Cal) Babos/Kusano d. (Miami) Cohen/Banada, 8-12. (Cal) Fodor/Ilcinkas d. (Miami) Applebaum/Starzyk, 8-53. (Cal) Bobusic/Ravelojaona d. (Miami) Rupic/Dancevic, 8-5

SINGLES:1. (Miami) Audra Cohen d. (Cal) Suzi Fodor, 6-2, 6-22. (Miami) Melissa Applebaum d. (Cal) Suzi Babos, 7-5, 6-13. (Cal) Marion Ravelojaona d. (Miami) Particia Starzyk, 4-6, 6-2, 6-44. (Cal) Stephanie Kusano d. (Miami) Audrey Banada, 6-1, 6-45. (Miami) Monika Dancevic d. (Cal) Claire Ilcinkas, 6-2, 7-6 (6)6. (Cal) Jessica Shu d. (Miami) Caren Seenauth, 6-0, 6-2

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