Women's Tennis Strong After First Day of Cal Nike Invitational

Sept. 27, 2008

BERKELEY - The California women's tennis team completed play on the first day of the Cal Nike Invitational with four players advancing to quarterfinals in their individual flights. Sophomore Golden Bear Marina Cossou upheld her No. 7 ranking with two wins in Gold Flight singles. Her first was a 6-0, 6-0 demolition of Sacramento State's Gayane Sarkisian; her second was a come-from-behind victory over Anna Chikhikvishvili of St. Mary's, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Senior No. 65 Bojana Bobusic earned a spot in the Gold Flight quarterfinal with wins against Saint Mary's senior Marah Calvo and Aizona's Natasha Marks.

In Blue Flight singles, the Bears put two more players into quarterfinals led by senior Marion Ravelojaona, who got wins over Caroline Stevens (Nevada) and Kateryna Nezhura (Pacific). Sophomore Rachael Dillon also made her way into the Blue quarterfinal with wins over Joyce Martinez (Sac State), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Jessy Mekpoh of San Francisco, 6-0, 2-1 Ret (inj.).

In doubles play, the Bears got a win from Bobusic and freshman Jana Juricova (Gold Flight) and freshmen Catalina Visico and Stephany Chang (White Flight). Play continues today with singles quarterfinals and doubles quarter and semifinals. Please check CalBears.com and TennisInformation.com for complete draws and results.

Gold Flight Singles - Round of 32CAL Marina Cossou(1) def. SAC Gayane Sarkisian 6-0, 6-0CAL Jana Juricova def. UA Sarah Landsman 6-1, 7-6(2)BYU Kristina Doerr def. CAL Claire Ilcinkas(5) 6-4, 6-2CAL Bojana Bobusic(8) def. SMC Marah Calvo 6-4, 6-1

Gold Flight Singles - Round of 16CAL Marina Cossou(1) def. SMC Anna Chikhikvishvili 3-6, 6-3, 6-2FSU Anastasia Petukhova(3) def. CAL Jana Juricova 6-4, 6-4CAL Bojana Bobusic(8) def. UA Natasha Marks 6-1, 6-0

Gold Flight Singles - Consolation RoundCAL Claire Ilcinkas(5) def. USF Cecilia Gratian 6-0, 6-2

Blue Flight Singles - Round of 32CAL Marion Ravelojaona(1) def. NEV Caroline Stevens 6-2, 7-5CAL Stephany Chang def. BYU Elle Carney 6-1, 6-1CAL Rachael Dillon def. SAC Joyce Martinez 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Blue Flight Singes - Round of 16CAL Mar. Ravelojaona(1) def. PAC Kateryna Nezhura 6-1, 6-1ASU Sianna Simmons def. CAL Stephany Chang 6-4, 7-5CAL Rachael Dillon def. USF Jessy Mekpoh 6-0, 2-1 Ret (inj.)

White Flight Singles - QuarterfinalLBS Lisa Sutton def. CAL Catalina Visico 6-0, 6-3

Gold Flight Doubles - Round of 16CAL Bojana Bobusic/CAL Jana Juricova def. BYU Kristina Doerr/BYU McCall Jones 8-6

White Flight Doubles - QuarterfinalCAL Catalina Visico/CAL Stephany Chang def. SCU Kelly Buckley/SCU Kimi Cox 8-2

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