No. 5 Cal Downs No. 9 Northwestern, 6-1

March 24, 2007

HONOLULU - No. 5 California easily registered a 6-1 victory over No. 9 Northwestern Saturday at the Aloha Invitational at the UH Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears improved to 14-3 with their sixth consecutive victory, while the Wildcats fell to 9-4 with their fourth setback to a top-10 team.

Cal claimed the doubles point by winning two of three matches. Fourth-ranked Susie Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor held off 10th-ranked Alexis Prousis and Georgia Rose at the No. 1 spot, 8-5, and Bojana Bobusic and Claire Ilcinkas won, 8-1, at the No. 3 position over Samantha Murray and Alexis Conill.

The Bears triumphed in five of six singles matches. At No. 2 singles, fourth-ranked Babos defeated 23rd-ranked Samantha Murray, 6-3, 6-4. Nina Henkel, Cal's No. 3 player, grabbed a 7-6 (3), 6-4 decision over Alexis Prousis. Cal's Stephanie Kusano and Marion Ravelojaona posted straight-set victories at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions, respectively. Cristina Visico wrapped up the Bears' scoring with a 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (8) decision over Nazlie Ghazal on the No. 6 court.

Georgia Rose, ranked 15th nationally, posted Northwestern's only point with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles over 13th-ranked Fodor.

Cal returns to action against Hawaii Monday, March 26.

Doubles (Cal wins doubles point)1. Susie Babos/Zsuzsanna Fodor (CAL) def. Alexis Prousis/Georgia Rose (NW), 8-52. Lauren Lui/Keri Robinson (NW) def. Nina Henkel/Stephanie Kusano (CAL), 8-53. Bojana Bobusic/Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Samantha Murray/Alexis Conill (NW), 8-1

Singles (each match worth one team point)1. Georgia Rose (NW) def. Zsuzsanna Fodor (CAL), 6-1, 6-32. Susie Babos (CAL) def. Samantha Murray (NW), 6-3, 6-43. Nina Henkel (CAL) def. Alexis Prousis (NW), 7-6(3), 6-44. Stephanie Kusano (CAL) def. Lauren Lui (NW), 6-4, 6-15. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Suzie Matzenauer (NW), 6-3, 6-46. Cristina Visico (CAL) def. Nazlie Ghazal (NW), 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (8)

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