No. 3 Golden Bears Get 5-2 Déjà Vu Victory Over Washington

Feb. 27, 2009


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California women's tennis senior Marion Ravelojaona stood strong to claim a three-set victory over Washington's Joyce Ardies on the fifth singles court to clinch the match for the No. 3-ranked Golden Bears (6-1, 1-0 Pac-10) today at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The No. 38-ranked Huskies (7-3, 0-1 Pac-10) fell in the same manner nearly a month ago when Cal claimed a 5-2 win in Berkeley at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event.

With sophomore Marina Cossou out nursing a mild injury, the Bears shuffled the lineup around a little bit and managed to come away with the first conference win of the season. Without her regular partner, senior Claire Ilcinkas teamed up with fellow senior Bojana Bobusic on the second doubles court where they took the first Cal win of the day by defeating Joyce Ardies and Samantha Smith, 8-1. Taking over top-court duties, sophomore Mari Andersson and freshman Jana Juricova sealed the doubles point for the Bears when Andersson placed a shot between the No. 28-ranked duo of Venise Chan and Denise Dy to win, 8-4.

The Bears added one more doubles win as Ravelojaona and freshman Stephany Chang took an 8-4 win of their own on court three over Aleksandra Malovic and Lina Xu. Cal quickly pushed the 1-0 lead to 3-0 as No. 27-ranked Bobusic and No. 110 Andersson got off their singles courts first. Bobusic claimed a 6-2, 6-1 win over Smith on court four to kick things off but Andersson finished soon after with a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Xu. For Bobusic, it was her 20th singles win of the year, second on the team behind 22 by Juricova.

Washington answered right back with wins on the top two courts, much like it had back on Feb. 1. No. 32-ranked Ilcinkas was the first Bear to fall, surrendering a 6-3, 6-2 win to the No. 61-ranked Dy on court two. A little while later, No. 16-ranked Juricova couldn't hold on against No. 53 Chan as the Husky sophomore walked away with a 6-4, 6-3 win on the top court.

After winning the first set, 6-4, and facing a five-all tie in the second, Ravelojaona allowed Ardies to claim the last two games to force a third set but came back with a 6-3 performance in the third to seal the match for Cal. With the win in hand, Chang added one more point for the Bears as she downed Malovic on court six, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

The Bears stay put to face No. 58-ranked Washington State (3-8, 0-1 Pac-10) tomorrow (Feb. 28) at the Hellman Tennis Complex in an 11 a.m. matinee.

No. 3 California 5, No. 38 Washington 2Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Friday, February 27, 2009Doubles1. Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. No. 28 Chan/Dy (UW) 8-42. Bobusic/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Ardies/Smith (UW) 8-13. Chang/Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Malovic/Xu (UW) 8-4Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 53 Venise Chan (UW) def. No. 16 Jana Juricova (CAL) 6-4, 6-32. No. 61 Denise Dy (UW) def. No. 32 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) 6-3, 6-23. No. 110 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Lina Xu (UW) 6-0, 6-24. No. 27 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Samantha Smith (UW) 6-2, 6-15. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Joyce Ardies (UW) 6-4, 5-7, 6-36. Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5Order of finish: 4, 3, 2, 1, 5*, 6

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