Women's Tennis Suffers First Loss To No. 2 Cal, 5-2

Feb. 1, 2009

BERKELEY, Calif. - Venise Chan and Denise Dy won the top two singles matches, but 2nd-ranked California used its depth and home courts to its advantage to defeat the 37th-ranked Huskies, 5-2, at the Hellman Tennis Complex today. With the win, Cal qualifies for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Wisconsin later this month.

It was the first loss of the season for the Huskies, snapping their four-match win streak to open the year. Still, Washington competed well in every match on the road against the 2008 NCAA Finalists, showing how much improvement they've made in one year's time.

Easily one of the biggest factors in UW's early success has been the freshman Dy. The San Jose, Calif. native earned the biggest win of her young career today, upsetting 13th-ranked All-American Marina Cossou in three sets. Coussou was an All-Pac-10 first teamer last year and ended the season ranked 9th in the nation. Dy, ranked 112th, rolled in the first set, 6-1, before Cossou came back to take the second set in a tiebreaker. One of the hardest feats in tennis is regaining the momentum after a second set tiebreak loss, but Dy did just that, taking the final set, 6-3.

At the No. 1 singles match, 81st-ranked Chan handled new Cal addition Mari Andersson, 6-3, 7-5. Andersson, a sophomore, was playing just her second career college match and thus is unranked, but the Golden Bear coaches clearly have a high regard for her as she was playing in front of three Top-30 players. Still, Chan was too good today and has now won nine matches in a row, all in straight sets.

Cal earned the doubles point and took a 2-0 lead when Marion Ravelojaona defeated Husky junior Joyce Ardies, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. Sophomore Lina Xu then fell to 30th-ranked Claire Ilcinkas at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-3.

Chan's win pulled UW to within 3-1, but 15th-ranked senior Bojana Bobusic pulled away late in her match at No. 4 singles against freshman Samantha Smith to clinch the win. Smith took her highly-ranked foe to a first-set tiebreak, but lost 7-1 and then struggled in the second set, 6-0. It is just the second loss all year for Smith.

Cal scored the final point of the match at No. 6 singles, as Stephany Chang outlasted junior Aleksandra Malovic, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, giving Malovic her first dual loss of the season.

The Huskies next travel to the state of Minnesota, looking to rebound with matches against Marshall on Saturday, Feb. 14, and against Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 15, marking the end of six consecutive matches away from home.

Washington Women's Tennis
ITA National Team Indoor Qualifying
2/1/09 - Berkeley, Calif.
Hellman Tennis Complex

No. 2 California 5, No. 37 Washington 2

1. (7) Ilcinkas/Cossou (Cal) def. (47) Chan/Dy (UW), 8-4
2. Ardies/Smith (UW) vs. Andersson/Ravelojaona (Cal), DNF
3. Bobusic/Chang (Cal) def. Malovic/Xu (UW), 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 1

1. (81) Venise Chan (UW) def. Mari Andersson (Cal), 6-3, 7-5
2. (112) Denise Dy (UW) def. (13) Marina Cossou (Cal), 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3
3. (30) Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-4, 6-3
4. (15) Bojana Bobusic (Cal) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 7-6 (1), 6-0
5. Marion Ravelojaona (Cal) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 6-3, 6-3
6. Stephany Chang (Cal) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 1, 4, 2, 6

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