Golden Bears Enjoy Strong First Day At Thunderbird Invitational

Nov. 2, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - California women's tennis took part in day one of the 13th annual Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational tournament on the courts of the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz. today. Senior Stephanie Kusano had the first round bye as the top-seeded player in the tournament, defeating ASU's Kelcy McKenna in straight sets to advance to Saturday's quarterfinal round along with three other Cal players.

Junior Claire Ilcinkas won her first match against Michigan's Rika Tatsuno in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 to face Stanford's Whitney Deason, the No. 3-seeded player at the invitational. Ilcinkas played nearly flawless in the second round as well, upsetting Deason 6-2, 6-2. Junior Bojana Bobusic and freshman Marina Cossou also won both of their first and second round matches to set themselves up for quarterfinal matches on Saturday.

In doubles play, Cossou and Ilcinkas defeated Utah's duo of Ferris and Walsh 8-2 while Bobusic and freshman Rachael Dillon were edged by Michigan's Howard and Taney in an 8-6 match.

The Invitational is host to women's tennis players from Cal, Stanford, Purdue, Michigan, Kansas State, Utah and host school, Arizona State. Play will continue on Saturday with doubles beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by singles starting no later than 9:30 a.m. Download the PDF for complete first day results and upcoming match schedules.

Friday Results

First Round (32) Singles Results
CAL Bojana Bobusic def. MICH Tanvi Dudhela 6-1, 6-0
CAL Marina Cossou def. UTAH Leigh Walsh 6-3, 6-1
CAL Claire Ilcinkas def. MICH Rika Tatsuno 6-2, 6-1
PUR Brooke Beier def. CAL Rachael Dillon 6-1, 6-3

Second Round (16) Singles Results
(1) CAL Stephanie Kusano def. ASU Kelcy McKenna 6-4, 7-5
CAL Bojana Bobusic def. KSU Viviana Yrueta 6-2, 6-0
CAL Marina Cossou def. MICH Tania Mahtani 7-5, 6-3
CAL Claire Ilcinkas def. (3) STAN Whitney Deason 6-2, 6-2

First Round Singles Losers Bracket Results
MICH Kari Wig def. CAL Rachael Dillon 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Doubles Results
CAL Cossou/Ilcinkas def. UTAH Ferris/Walsh 8-2
MICH Howard/Taney def. CAL Bobusic/Dillon 8-6

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