Ilcinkas Moves On To Round of 16 at NCAA Championships

May 22, 2008

TULSA, Okla. - California women's tennis junior Claire Ilcinkas could have folded and concluded her junior season today but instead, she returned from being shut out in the second set of her match to clinch a victory over Georgia Tech's No. 10 Kristi Miller with her 6-4 effort in the third. The No. 40-ranked junior is the only player left in the field of 64 for the Golden Bears after Cal sent four singles players into the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles Championships. Ilcinkas will face No. 8 Riza Zalameda of UCLA in the round of 16 on Friday (May 23) at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Facing her eighth top-100 opponent over the last 12 matches, Ilcinkas claimed a 7-5 first-set win over her Georgia Tech counterpart. Miller came out with revenge on her mind in the second set however, wiping out Ilcinkas with a 6-0 second set count. In the third, Ilcinkas came away from the 3-3 set-score tie to exact some revenge of her own, taking a 6-4 win to seal the deal.

Ilcinkas holds the team-high singles winning percentage on the Bears with 35 wins against only eight losses. Her 35 wins is also a team-best mark this season.

Cal's No. 12-ranked duo of Babos and fellow senior Stephanie Kusano are the Bears' only doubles team in the championships. They will meet No. 35 Elena Gantcheva and Kristina Nedeltcheva of UNLV in a 4:30 p.m. (Pacific) match Thursday evening (May 22).

For more information, complete results and scores from the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships, please visit University of Tulsa's Tournament Central Page.

Singles First Round Results
No. 40 Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Csilla Borsanyi (Florida) 6-3, 6-2
No. 25 Zuzana Zemenova (Baylor) def. No. 4 Marina Cossou (Cal) 6-4, 6-1
No. 53 Lauren Lui (Northwestern) def. No. 20 Susie Babos (Cal) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(1)
Katarina Tsang (North Carolina) def. No. 35 Cristina Visico (Cal) 7-5, 6-3

Singles Second Round Results
No. 40 Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def. No. 10 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) 7-5, 0-6, 6-4

Singles Round of 16 Schedule
No. 40 Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) vs. No. 8 Riza Zalameda (UCLA) - Friday, May 23 (TBA)

Doubles First Round Schedule
No. 12 Babos/Kusano (Cal) vs. No. 35 Gantcheva/Nedeltcheva (UNLV) - Thursday, May 22 (4:30 p.m. PT)

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