No. 10 Cal Narrowly Defeats No. 23 TCU, 4-3
March 28, 2006
Fort Worth, Texas - The tenth-ranked California women's tennis team narrowly defeated No. 23 TCU, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon at the Bayard H. Freidman Tennis Center, on its first of three road matches. The Bears improve to 11-4 for the season, while TCU falls to 11-6 on the year.
The Bears got the match off to a strong start this afternoon, after clinching the doubles point. Freshman Bojana Bobusic and Stephanie Kusano won the first set for Cal, after defeating Andrea Morgado and Anna Sydorska, 9-7, playing No. 2 doubles. Claire Ilcinkas and Cristina Visico then dropped the second set, 8-4, to Nicole Leimbach and Kewa Nichols in the No. 3 position. Suzi Fodor and Suzi Babos, who currently hold a No. 26 doubles ranking, came back to seal the doubles point for the Bears, after downing 59th-ranked Helena Besovic and Ana Cetnik, 9-7, playing in the No. 1 spot.
On the singles court, Cal was victorious in three out of six sets. Ninth-ranked Suzi Fodor tallied the first win for the Bears, defeating No. 11 Nicole Leimbach, 6-0, 6-2, playing No. 1 singles. Cal then dropped the next two sets, after No. 29 Suzi Babos was outlasted by 35th-ranked Helena Besovic, 7-6 (5), 6-3, in the No. 2 position and Claire Ilcinkas was downed by Ana Cetnik, 7-6(3), 6-4, in the No. 4 spot.
With the match tied 2-2, senior captain Jessica Shu and freshman Bobusic ensured the victory for the Bears with their wins on courts five and six. Shu defeated Kewa Nicols in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, while Bobusic outlasted Gloriann Lopez, 6-3, 6-4. Cal dropped one other set, as No. 77 Cristina Visico fell to No. 93 Anna Sydorska, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Cal continues its road trip when it heads to Waco, Texas on Wednesday, to take on 9th-ranked Baylor at 5 p.m. CT.
COMPLETE RESULTS:Cal women's tennis vs. TCUBayard H. Freidman Tennis Center, Fort Worth, TexasNo. 10 Cal 4, No. 23 TCU 3
DOUBLES:1. (CAL) #26 Babos/Fodor d. (TCU) #59 Besovic/Cetnik, 9-72. (CAL) Bobusic/Kusano d. (TCU) Morgado/Sydorska, 9-73. (TCU) Leimbach/Nichols d. (CAL) Ilcinkas/Visico, 8-4Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
SINGLES:1. (CAL) #9 Suzi Fodor d. (TCU) #11 Nicole Leimbach, 6-0, 6-22. (TCU) #35 Helena Besovic d. (CAL) #29 Suzi Babos, 7-6 (5), 6-33. (TCU) #93 Anna Sydorska d. (CAL) #77 Christina Visico, 4-6, 6-3, 6-34. (TCU) Ana Cetnik d. (CAL) Claire Ilcinkas, 7-6(3), 6-45. (CAL) Jessica Shu d. (TCU) Kewa Nicols, 6-3, 5-7, 6-16. (CAL) Bojana Bobusic d. (TCU) Gloriann Lopez, 6-3, 6-4Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 6, 5, 3