Cal Downs Huskies In Pac-10 Opener

Feb. 24, 2006

SEATTLE - The Husky women's tennis team dropped its Pac-10 opener thisafternoon, 7-0 to ninth-ranked California. No. 39 Washington (1-4, 0-1) hungaround early, but Cal was too strong in the lower singles lineup and pulled awayin most matches.

At No. 1 singles, 80th-ranked senior Dinka Hadzic started slowly against thenation's third-ranked player, Zsuzsanna Fodor. Fodor took the first set quickly,6-0, before Hadzic dug in. The second set was tied at 5-5, but Fodor eked outthe final two games for a 7-5 win. Freshman Victoria Brymer fell to No. 25 SuziBabos, 6-2, 6-4 at second singles, and sophomore Tara Simpson lost, 6-3, 6-0, atthird singles to 82nd-ranked Stephanie Kusano.

Senior Stephanie Svanfeldt controlled her first set with No. 70 Cristina Visico,taking it 6-3, but Visico came back to win the next two sets, 6-2 and 6-2 in thelast match on court. At fifth singles, freshman Melinda Wong was even at 4-4 inthe first set with Cal's Claire Ilcinkas, but Ilcinkas then ran off eightstraight games for a 6-4, 6-0 win that also clinched the match for Cal. Thefirst singles point for Cal came at sixth singles, where Jessica Shu defeatedjunior Monika Kolbovic, 6-1, 6-2. Kolbovic's right eye was practically swollenshut after being hit in the eye by a ball in doubles play, but the Huskies arealready down to only six players so Kolbovic had to give it her best shot.

Cal took the doubles point with wins at second and third doubles. The Huskieswere able to salvage the No. 1 doubles match, when Hadzic and Brymer, ranked29th, took out the No. 39 doubles team of Fodor and Babos. Hadzic and Brymertook a 3-0 lead, then Cal responded with five straight games. The Huskies gotback on serve and the match eventually went to a tiebreak at 7-7, which Hadzicand Brymer captured, 7-3.

Tomorrow the Huskies will face No. 1 Stanford which brings a 65-match winningstreak into the weekend. The Cardinal are the two-time defending nationalchampions. The Huskies and Cardinal square off at 12 p.m.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. California
2/24/06 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 9 California 7, No. 39 Washington 0

1) (29) Hadzic/Brymer (UW) def. (39) Fodor/Babos (Cal), 8-7 (3)
2) Ravelojaona/Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Simpson/Kolbovic (UW), 8-3
3) Kusano/Visico (Cal) def. Svanfeldt/Wong (UW), 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1) (3) Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) def. (80) Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-0, 7-5
2) (25) Suzi Babos (Cal) def. Victoria Brymer (UW), 6-2, 6-4
3) (82) Stephanie Kusano (Cal) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 6-3, 6-0
4) (70) Cristina Visico (Cal) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
5) Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 6-4, 6-0
6) Jessica Shu (Cal) def. Monika Kolbovic (UW), 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 3, 5, 1, 2, 4

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