Golden Bears Push Pair of Doubles Teams Into Semifinals

April 25, 2008

OJAI, Calif. - The California women's tennis team continued play at the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Tennis Championships today at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club in Ojai, Calif. Junior Claire Ilcinkas will represent the Golden Bears in one semifinal match for the singles championship after advancing today. She will face fourth-seeded Riza Zalameda of UCLA in an 11 a.m. start tomorrow.

Freshman Marina Cossou and senior Cristina Visico fell in singles quarterfinal matches today; Cossou to seventh-seeded Nadia Abdala of Arizona State and Visico to second-seeded Amanda Fink of USC.

In the doubles championship, Cal's duo of seniors Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano advanced to the semifinal as the fourth seed and will face USC's Fink and Gabriela Niculescu in a 3:30 p.m. match tomorrow. Cossou and Ilcinkas also earned a semifinal appearance with a 9-7 quarterfinal win against Hein and McKenna of Arizona State. They will face another Sun Devil duo, Leitch and Pilecka for the right to advance to the championship match.

In the Women's Invitational Doubles draw, freshman Rachael Dillon and senior Daron Moore secured two wins on the day to get a berth in the semifinal match against Cekic and Stefanova of Washington State. Freshman Bobbie Englert teamed up with Ashley Anderson of Washington in the invitational draw but the pair fell to third-seeded Hirt and Seremeta of Oregon by an 8-4 count in the opening round.

For complete results and draw information, please visit USTA TennisLink

Pac-10 Women's Singles Championship
(5) Susie Babos, Sr.
First round: def. Ariane Masschelein (ARIZ) 6-0, 6-1
Round of 16: lost to Gabriela Niculescu (USC) 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2

Bojana Bobusic, Jr.
First round: def. Sarah Fansler (USC) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16: lost to (1) Hilary Barte (STAN) 6-3, 6-4

(3) Marina Cossou, Fr.
First round: def. Aleksandra Malovic (WASH) 6-2, 6-1
Round of 16: def. Andrea Remynse (UCLA) 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4
Quarterfinal: lost to (7) Nadia Abdala (ASU) 6-0, 6-2

Claire Ilcinkas, Jr.
First round: def. Venise Chan (WASH) 6-3, 6-1
Round of 16: def. (6) Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4
Quarterfinal: def. (1) Hilary Barte (STAN) 5-4 (Ret. inj.)
Semifinal: vs. (4) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) - 11 a.m. (Saturday)

Stephanie Kusano, Sr.
First round: lost to Kate Kamendova (WSU) 6-2, 6-4

Cristina Visico, Sr.
First round: def. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 6-1, 7-5
Round of 16: def. (8) Tracy Lin (UCLA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
Quarterfinal: lost to (2) Amanda Fink (USC) 6-0, 6-1

Pac-10 Women's Invitational Singles
Rachael Dillon, Fr.
First round: def. Stephanie MacFarlane (ORE) 6-4, 6-3
Round of 16: lost to (3) Micaela Hein (ASU) 6-0, 6-2

Bobbie Englert, Fr.
First round: lost to Anna-Viktoria Lind (UCLA) 6-1, 6-2

Daron Moore, Sr.
First round: def. Sarah Yang (UCLA) 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16: lost to (2) Lauren Megale (ASU) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)

Pac-10 Women's Doubles Championship
(4) Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano
Round of 16: def. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) 8-2
Quarterfinal: def. Deason/Nguyen (STAN) 8-5
Semifinal: vs. (2) Fink/Niculescu (USC) - 3:30 p.m. (Saturday)

Marina Cossou and Claire Ilcinkas
Round of 16: def. Ardies/Simpson (WASH) 8-1
Quarterfinal: def. Hein/McKenna (ASU) 9-7
Semifinal: vs. Leitch/Pilecka (ASU) - 3:30 p.m. (Saturday)

Bojana Bobusic and Cristina Visico
Round of 16: def. (3) Barte/Burdette (STAN) 8-6
Quarterfinal: lost to Leitch/Pilecka (ASU) 8-4

Pac-10 Women's Invitational Doubles
Rachael Dillon and Daron Moore
Round of 16: def. Duesler/Yang (UCLA) 8-4
Quarterfinal: def. Krsljanin/Rainey (WASH) 8-6
Semifinal: vs. Cekic/Stefanova (WSU) - 2 p.m. (Saturday)

Bobbie Englert and Ashley Anderseon (WASH)
Round of 16: lost to (3) Hirt/Seremeta (ORE) 8-4

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