Cossou Moves On to Final at Thunderbird Invitational

Nov. 3, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - California women's tennis freshman Marina Cossou won her fourth consecutive match today to advance to the final round of the 13th Annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Cossou defeated Golden Bear teammate junior Claire Ilcinkas in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinal to meet Arizona State's Laila Abdala in the semis. Cossou continued her strong play through the next round and took out Abdala in two sets, 6-2, 6-3.

Junior Bojana Bobusic met a familiar foe in her quarterfinal. Having defeated Stanford's Jennifer Yen once at the Saint-Mary's Invitational, Bobusic used her experience to oust Yen in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Arizona State's Kelcy McKenna upset Cal senior Stephanie Kusano in a quarterfinal match, 6-3, 6-2. Facing McKenna in the semifinal, Bobusic put up a fight in the first set, forcing a tie-breaker before falling 7-6(3), 6-3.

In doubles play, Cossou and Ilcinkas did not give up a game, winning 8-0 against Kansas State duo Kudlackova and Viera. Bobusic and freshman Rachael Dillon had another disappointing outing, falling to ASU pair Wendy Pilecka and Kelcy McKenna 8-2.

The Invitational includes to women's tennis players from Cal, Stanford, Purdue, Michigan, Kansas State, Utah and host school, Arizona State. Play concludes on Sunday with doubles beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by the singles main draw final and third place match each starting no later than 9:30 a.m. Download the PDF for complete results from the weekend.

Sunday's Schedule
CAL Marina Cossou vs. ASU Kelcy McKenna - 9:30 a.m. (Main Draw Singles Final)
CAL Bojana Bobusic vs. ASU Laila Abdala - 9:30 a.m. (Main Draw Singles Third Place Match)
CAL Bobusic/Dillon vs. PUR Beier/Boeker - 8:30 a.m. (Doubles)
CAL Cossou/Ilcinkas vs. ASU Leitch/McKenna - 8:30 a.m. (Doubles)

Main Draw Singles Quarterfinal Results
ASU Kelcy McKenna def. (1) CAL Stephanie Kusano 6-3, 6-2
CAL Bojana Bobusic def. STAN Jennifer Yen 6-4, 6-3
CAL Marina Cossou def. CAL Claire Ilcinkas 7-5, 6-3

Main Draw Singles Semifinal Results
ASU Kelcy McKenna def. CAL Bojana Bobusic 7-6(3), 6-3
CAL Marina Cossou def. ASU Laila Abdala 6-2, 6-3

Main Draw Singles Consolation
MICH Denise Muresan def. CAL Rachael Dillon 6-0, 6-2

Doubles Results
CAL Cossou/Ilcinkas def. KSU Kudlackova/Viera 8-0
ASU Pilecka/McKenna def. CAL Bobusic/Dillon 8-2

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