No. 6 Golden Bears Start Winter Invitational with Strong Performances

Jan. 18, 2008

BERKELEY - The No. 6 California women's tennis team opened the spring season today at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley, Calif. with the first round of matches at the 2008 Cal Winter Invitational. The Golden Bears are hosting three schools; No. 14 Fresno State, No. 57 St. Mary's, and No. 66 Nevada in the three-day round-robin tournament. The Winter Invitational is the final tournament for the Bears before the team begins dual-match play on the road.

The Bears took the court for singles play first, matching up against Nevada and earned four wins across the board. Senior Stephanie Kusano made short work of her opponent and completed her match with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Nevada's Audrey Bardot. Fellow senior No. 54 Cristina Visico found herself in a battle with Alice Hall as the two dueled on-serve for the first set until Visico took the 6-4 win. Visico came out strong in the second set to claim the match with a 6-1 second set score. Junior Claire Ilcinkas and freshman Marina Cossou each also earned victories for the Bears.

In doubles play, the Bears faced St. Mary's on four courts and came away with three victories. The No. 36 ranked duo of senior Susie Babos and Kusano defeated St. Mary's top doubles team, Jessica Hoath and Nienke Strijbis, 8-2. Ilcinkas and Cossou teamed up for an 8-4 win over Alexandra Poorta and Marah Calvo and junior Bojana Bobusic and Visico took an 8-2 victory against St. Mary's Claire Sober and Stef Ordoveza.

The Bears resume play tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. in doubles matches against Nevada. Following the doubles matches, Cal will lock up with Fresno State in singles matches not beginning before 1:15 p.m. The Bulldogs roster features three players ranked among the nation's top-100 singles players; No. 39 Melanie Gloria, No. 11 Anastasia Petukhova and No. 94 Renata Kucerkova.

For complete results and draws, please visit and look for tournament No. 5179877. The Cal Winter Invitational concludes on Sunday with the announcement of the tournaments' singles and doubles champions.

Friday's Results

NEV No. 48 Maria Mizyuk def. CAL No. 10 Susie Babos 6-2;6-3
NEV Florence De Vrye def. CAL No. 31 Bojana Bobusic 6-1;7-6(2)
CAL No. 54 Cristina Visico def. NEV Alice Hall 6-4;6-1
CAL Marina Cossou def. NEV Caroline Bailly 6-3;6-1
CAL Claire Ilcinkas def. NEV Ly-Huong Dinh 6-2;6-0
CAL Stephanie Kusano def. NEV Audrey Bardot 6-1;6-0

CAL No. 36 Babos/Kusano def. SMC Hoath/Strijbis 8-2
CAL Ilcinkas/Cossou def. SMC Poorta/Calvo 8-4
CAL Visico/Bobusic def. SMC Sober/Ordoveza 8-2
SMC Young/Charlot def. CAL Dillon/Moore 8-6

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