No. 2 Women's Tennis Impressive on Day 1 of Winter Invitational

Jan. 16, 2009

BERKELEY - The No. 2-ranked California women's tennis team opened up the spring season with ten resounding victories on the first day of the Cal Winter Invitational at Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley, Calif. The Golden Bears won seven of their eight singles matches against Cal Poly and then claimed three of four doubles matches in the afternoon in the first round of the round-robin tourney.

No. 13-ranked sophomore Marina Cossou defeated Cal Poly's Suzie Matzenauer, 6-2, 6-4; No. 52 freshman Jana Juricova got a 6-3, 6-2 win over Steffi Wong; No. 15 senior Bojana Bobusic beat No. 120 Maria Malec, 6-2, 6-2; and No. 30-ranked senior Claire Ilcinkas dropped Whitney Eves, 6-4, 6-3 to give each of Cal's ranked singles players two-set wins on the day.

Sophomore Mari Andersson played in her first collegiate match and took a 6-2, 6-1 win over Brittany Blalock while senior Marion Ravelojaona fared well against Diane Filip, coming away with a 6-1, 6-4 victory. Freshman Stephany Chang got a 6-3, 6-2 win over Shannon Brady but fellow frosh Catalina Visico fell in a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Jocelyn Davis.

In doubles matches, No.7-ranked Cossou and Ilcinkas showed little mercy to Nevada's Caroline Bailly and Lais Ogata as they walked away with an 8-1 win. Andersson and Juricova teamed up for the first time to post an 8-2 win against Florence De Vrye and Caroline Stevens of Nevada. Cal's frosh pair of Chang and Visico took home an 8-3 win over Alita Fisher and Kathryn Malec of Saint Mary's College but the longest match of the day ended in defeat for Cal as Bobusic and Ravelojaona lost an 8-6 decision to Nevada's Aodhnait Lombard and Maria Mizyuk.

The Bears will resume play in round two with doubles against Saint Mary's College at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 17) and face Nevada in singles play not before 1:30 p.m. Please check and search for tournament identification No. 5187209 for complete results and draws.

2009 Cal Winter Invitational (Round 1)Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.January 16, 2009

Singles Round 1No. 13 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. Suzie Matzenauer (CPU) 6-2, 6-4Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Brittany Blalock (CPU) 6-2, 6-1No. 52 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Steffi Wong (CPU) 6-3, 6-2No. 15 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. No. 120 Maria Malec (CPU) 6-2, 6-2No. 30 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Whitney Eves (CPU) 6-4, 6-3Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Diane Filip (CPU) 6-1, 6-4Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Shannon Brady (CPU) 6-3, 6-2Jocelyn Davis (CPU) def. Catalina Visico (CAL) 6-1, 6-1Doubles Round 1No. 7 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Bailly/Ogata (NEV) 8-1Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. De Vrye/Stevens (NEV) 8-2Lombard/Mizyuk (NEV) def. Bobusic/Ravelojoana (CAL) 8-6Chang/Visico (CAL) def. Fisher/Malec (SMC) 8-3

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